IPOD and MP3 Interfaces save Onboard Storage
29 April 2008
Marine AV offers a number of solutions to connect an iPod or MP3 player to a boat’s audio-visual entertainment system
Boat owners no longer need to find space to stow bundles of CDs and DVDs aboard their craft. Marine AV, Europe’s no 1 supplier of high quality sound and audio-visual systems for the marine market, now stocks a number of interface adapters to connect an iPod or an MP3 player to the boat’s music or video system.
David Milner, Managing Director of Marine AV said, “All MP3 players, including iPods, have a headphone jack socket (3.5mm size) which can be used to connect with a stereo, CD or DVD unit via their RCA ‘aux’ input. We have a range of adapters – some suitable for fitting inside the cabin, others that are suitable for open sports boats. It’s all about choosing the right adapter for the job.”
For open boat installations, a choice of two waterproof adapters can be combined with waterproof H2O audio cases to ensure that the iPod player can be used without fear of a soaking from a breaking wave.
No RCA auxiliary input? No problem – Marine AV has the solution. If your onboard system has a radio but no ‘aux’ input, Marine AV offers an FM transmitter interface adapter that broadcasts a signal from the MP3 player to the stereo radio on an FM frequency and over a range of up to 10 metres.
For Sony, Clarion and Alpine, Marine AV can provide specific interface adapters that allow direct connection to the head unit. IPod track names, playlists etc will be viewable on the head unit, and tracks can be chosen via the head unit or, in some cases via an optional remote control. The adapter even allows the iPod to be charged at the same time.
A range of iPod cradles is also available and provides a secure mounting for several models of iPod, allowing the unit to charge and provide generic controls such as volume and track choice.
For the ultimate solution for sound, photo and video connectivity, however, look no further than the Marantz IS201 iPod Docking Station. It provides full integration of any iPod model with any hi-fi system and can be fitted to a bulkhead, or at a chart table, or alongside a berth. A single wire connects the docking station to the connection case to alleviate cable clutter.
The Marantz IS201 creates its own on-screen display via the s-video output, which can be fed to the video switching in an AV control head or direct to a TV. Audio is transferred via standard stereo phono leads to provide top-quality sound. A dedicated remote control provides full function control over the iPod.
Whatever the installation, Marine AV has an interface adapter that will provide the right link between an iPod or MP3 player and the boat’s onboard entertainment system.
For further information, please contact:
Unit 8, Mercian Park, Felspar Road, Tamworth B77 4DP, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)870 609 1446. Fax: +44 (0)1827 69106