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post #1 of 8 Old Jul 11th, 2006, 5:06 pm Thread Starter
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My ride is a 2002 LT with the standard ComSystem - BMW Professional RDS Audiosystem. The unit has an input jack on the panel and I have the BMW double male cable that is supposed to access the input. I've been trying to get my Ipod to work through my helmet speakers/ear plugs without success. Any words of wisdom on what I'm not thinking of? On a recent ride I stopped at the BMW dealer in Eugene, OR and talked to their "expert" who said it was not a BMW comsystem at all, but a J&M unit. I checked my ComSystem Owner's Manual and it sure looks like the standard system to me. Appreciate any feedback/suggestions. The tunes are waiting for me.

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Isn't that the cell phone input? Mp3 players require a different input point.

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Why would it be different? iPod / cell phone?
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You didn't state which jack you were trying to use on the Com System to feed your IPOD into. The 02 used the J&M Comm System and the Aux Audio Input Jack is the first jack on the left side of the Com System Control. This jack is next to the Fairing Speaker/ Headset Switch. The other smaller jack on the right side of the Com System Control is for use with a cell phone. The cell phone connector will not work as an aux audio input. To use the aux input jack you need a cable that plugs into your IPODs headset jack and then the other end into the Aux Audio Input on your Com System. (Radio Shack Sells). I have done this in the past but it doesn't work all that well. When you connect your IPOD into this connection the audio is being feed into the intercom only not the radio. To control the volume you have to adjust the volume on the IPOD. I also had a hard time getting the intercom to work using this input, I had to have J&M fix the intercom before I could use it. As I said before it never worked all that well so recently I installed a BMW AUX Input cable to the radio Aux input. I saw a post in the Accessories, IPOD forum about using the Aux input on the radio. The post had instructions and pictures on installing the cable, sorry I donít have the link. I ordered a cable from Bavarian Autosport, part number 82 11 0 149 389 $39.95, my bike is a 03. This does require removing the Radio String Ray and Tupperware to install the cable. I installed the cable and it works well and I can control volume using the radio volume control. If you do use the Audio Aux Jack on the Com System and you don't hear anything try changing the Fairing Speaker / Headet Switch. It has to be in or out, I don't remember which.

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Will is correct, the best way is with the audio aux cable with the part number above. One thing, he mentioned Autosport and not sure if you are aware taht is not a Motorrad Part number, that is BMW Part number for Automobiles, so you will need to order it from your local car dealer.

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I attempted the Ipod into the same jack on the left..and really crappy results. That is why I went the way I did. You can still use it, but you will need an inline audio amplifier, preferrably in Stereo. I just ordered one today(40.00+10.00) to ship. It is 2.25" by 2.25" by .75" it runs on 12vdc and it can be stowed anywhere...it will be my FIRST SWITCH!!! haha.

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Thanks for all the good feedback. Yes, it is the far left plug-in next to the fairing speakers/headset button that takes a standard stereo plug. I purchased the BMW double male cable that is supposed to be for this input and the owner's manual says you can input an MP3 player into the system. Based on comments here I suspect the audio/headset output from the Ipod just isn't enough to drive the system. Sounds like the rear radio approach is the best option. Thanks, again.

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A very counter intuitive function of the BMW ComSystem using an iPod is that the speakers MUST be set to external in order for the audio to come through that jack. With the external speakers/headset button set to external there is more than enough audio power from your iPod. I usually set my radio on mute so I don't hear both the radio from the speakers and the iPod through the headset.

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If you decide to install the Aux Input plug let us know. Several of us in the OR/WA area would be glad to help you sort that out if needed.

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