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Installed Garmin 2730 on the LT... a little disappointed

Got my Garmin 2730 today. Transferred about 175 mp3's to the little baby and slapped her on the LT. Since the Garmin motorcycle audio cable is mono only, I decided to try out the FM modulator that is built into the 2730. I tried several different FM frequencies, and never found a single place where I could ride around and not suffer interference from other radio stations. I ended up going back to the hard wired "mono" audio connection. I would rather have used the FM modulator where I could have stereo sound.

I called Garmin today just to confirm that all of their motorcycle power cables for the 2600,2700, and 2800 series were indeed mono, and they confirmed that all of them used the same mono cable. I am not sure if stereo sound is even available from the power jack connection.

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Headphone Jack

Just use the headphone jack on the side of the unit to send your audio to your intercom.. That mono business is for the birds...


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Just use the headphone jack on the side of the unit to send your audio to your intercom.. That mono business is for the birds...


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I saw that the jack is programmable to be a headphone jack or a line out jack... but I hate to have that plug sticking out of the side of the Garmin.

I am leaving for FL Friday, so I will have to leave it alone for a few more days. I have an axillary jack in the glove box, so I might make me a shielded wire to run from the Garmin and then under the handlebar cover and under the tupperware to the glove box and just plug it in there.... but I don't really want to do that.
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Would a small right angle 3.5 mm plug to the side be OK? I do it that way -- it's not too bad looking. Can't see it when riding.
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Would a small right angle 3.5 mm plug to the side be OK? I do it that way -- it's not too bad looking. Can't see it when riding.
It will have to look ok if I go that way... I don't see any other options.
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Do they not make an fm modulator that plugs inline with the antennae? These types typically rule out other fm signals as they are the most powerful.

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Do they not make an fm modulator that plugs inline with the antenae? These types typically rule out other fm signals as they are the most powerful.
The Garmin 2730 has an FM modulator, but it's not the type that goes into the antenna connection. Actually, I have one of those, but I don't like it much. Maybe it's just the one I bought, but the audio quality left a little to be desired and it also reduced my radio reception slightly.
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The Garmin 2730 has an FM modulator, but it's not the type that goes into the antenna connection. Actually, I have one of those, but I don't like it much. Maybe it's just the one I bought, but the audio quality left a little to be desired and it also reduced my radio reception slightly.
Yep, I have had varying success with them but found the wired ones to always be superior. The auxiliary route out of your headphone jack is going to be your best bet for music purposes. More work but think about what some of us do for the sake of ipod usage.

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