Adding an iPod to a 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata gives you access to your music collection while you are driving. Connecting an iPod to an MX-5 stereo can be accomplished in a few different ways depending on your budget and audio requirements. Attaching an iPod to the factory stereo requires only a few simple changes, but other add-ons will give you higher sound quality and ease of use.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- MP3/CD cassette adaptor
Turn on your MX5 stereo and insert MP3/CD cassette adaptor into the tape deck. Power on your iPod and connect the 1/8-inch input to the iPod's headphone output.
Press "Play" on the tape deck and start playing a song on the iPod. Check to be sure that the volume is turned up on the iPod and the car stereo.
Set the iPod's volume to about halfway and use the car stereo's volume knob to fine-tune the volume settings. For better results, open the iPod's "Settings," disable the internal equaliser and use the MX5's equaliser.
Connect an iPod Through the Tape Deck
Purchase an iPod integration kit for your 2007 Miata MX-5. Two options are available for the MX-5: kits that connect through the CD changer in the boot and those that connect through the back of the satellite radio in the cabin. If you use the satellite radio connection, then you can keep the iPod in the car with you while you drive.
Connect the iPod integration kit to your vehicle. Unless you have experience working with car stereos and wiring, it's recommended that you have a professional install the device as it requires you to connect the kit to the auxiliary wires of your stereo.
Plug your iPod into the integration kit with the supplied USB cable. In a 2007 MX-5, the integration kit will charge your iPod while it is connected and the car is running. If your integration Kit connects the iPod through the trunk's CD changer, then you do not need to turn on the iPod as the kit will automatically control the iPod's power.
Turn on your car stereo and disconnect your satellite radio. Press the "Auxiliary" button and use the stereo's controls to seek through your iPod's music. The six preset buttons on your stereo can be set to jump to an artist, album or playlist. Use the stereo controls on your MX-5's steering wheel to control your iPod, too.
Connect an iPod with an Integration Kit
Tips and warnings
- An iPod integration kit will generally have higher sound quality than a tape deck connection because the iPod is connected directly to your car stereo.
- Create car-specific playlists so you don't have to adjust your iPod while driving. Even using the car's menu to navigate between albums can be a distraction on busy streets.
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