I have a 1998 Lexus LS400
Does anybody know what the connection options are for the back of the stock Nakamichi stereo? I want to have an IPOD connection but I don't want FM transmitter or Cassette adapter, anybody know if there is an option for usb or rca or line out?
I have a 1998 LS400 with navigation.
How would I go about connecting an iPod to the stereo? I do not know if there is an RCA plug at the back of the system but think there isn't. One person told me to attach a dual RCA plug into the wiring under the CD changer. Not sure about that.
I really wouldn't want to replace the radio because I've heard that many decks compromise the sound a little bit due to the power of the new double din unit. I've heard mix stories on requiring harnesses to not requiring harnesses. I hear for those replacing nakimichi factory radios, the bass isn't AS adequate.
Many systems such as GROM audio make products for Lexus but not sure if it will work for mine or if there are any other out there that will work for the 98-00 Lexus LS400. I could care less about disconnecting the glove box CD changer and replacing it with the iPod integration so it will charge and feed through the factory cd changer.
There are no aftermarket iPod interfaces available for any year of the LS400 other than tape cassette adapters which you do NOT want.
Many/most aftermarket head units have a dedicated iPod interface and also a 3.5 mm aux-in. I don't care for Apple products so I did not buy the inexpensive iPod interface cable that would have allowed control of an iPod from the screen of my Kenwood DDX470. I instead plugged a standard USB cable into the same port as the iPod cable would have used and plugged a USB flash memory containing music into it.
If you just want to add a 3.5mm aux-in to your OEM system you could do Puredrifter's CD cable hack or just send your head unit to Factory Radio Service in California like I did - big bang for $85 not including shipping: http://www.clublexus.com/forums/ls40...000-ls400.html
Jim - Lexus LS driver from 1990 to 2014 - Now driving a 2014 Toyota Sienna Limited with all packages and options
I just installed a universal iPod interface in my wife's Honda, apparently it works on any car, called an iSimple IS77, we got our off ebay for under $70, took me abut an hour to install, very straightforward and easy to use. She loves it, can run a jack or iPod cable, need to drill a small hole for the on/off switch, otherwise its hidden completely save for the cable. Future Shop wanted $140 installed for it.