AUX signal input – music in the car from each portable device
More and more new cars offer the possibility to plug in a peripheral, such as an MP3 player or a smartphone, and enable the users to play music or films via a car radio. Older vehicles with basic 1-DIN radios don’t have such a feature, but thanks to AUX connector, a similar effect can be obtained. By means of high-quality adapters offered by TME it is possible to plug in flash drives, smartphones, speakers or wireless devices with Bluetooth transmitters.
AUX port and its functioning
AUX is a name for a communication port offering serial transmission – the signal is sent bit by bit in one direction – between a device provided with a port (for example a car radio) and a peripheral device such as:
• MP3 players,
• portable music players,
AUX port is generally used to send and receive digital audio signals and for this purpose RS-232 connector is used. It is defined by a few features, such as electrical function, pin size and their purpose or signal duration and frequency. In car radios, this connector has been replaced by a connection block to which respective connectors are directly plugged in. TME offer includes many types of connectors and terminals which are available within 24 hours of purchase throughout the European Union.
AUX signal input and its application in car audio devices
AUX port is located at the back of the radio, so the latter must be extracted from the busbar before the connector can be plugged in. Depending on the car or radio brand, AUX ports will differ so it is advisable to check the essential information before purchasing. On TME website, there is a user-friendly product comparison engine thanks to which it is possible to find the needed connector by choosing specific criteria.
In the case of single DIN connector radio sets, features such as GPS navigation have to be performed by peripherals. The use of touch panels enabled combining a car radio set and navigation into a single device. Currently, some manufacturers offer radio panels which are connected via AUX-AVIC connectors. This also enables plugging in headrest screens and other peripherals which give the user an opportunity to display images via a single integrated system.
Sound quality of a default speaker in smartphones or tablets leaves much to be desired; that is why playing music, films or other multimedia with a soundtrack in the car is not always a pleasure. For this reason, more and more drivers decide to assemble a jack connector into a radio through an AUX port. TME offer includes both standard 3.5 mm mini-jacks and 2.5 mm micro-jacks.
By means of a radio set and this type of a connector, it is possible to play multimedia from flash drives, smartphones or other USB peripherals. Moreover, TME offer includes adapters compatible with iPods and other Apple devices fitted with a Lightning connector.
Bluetooth adapters have also become very popular. Thanks to them, it is possible to use a wireless hands-free system which allows us to drive safely and talk on the phone at the same time. Obviously, you can integrate a smartphone with a radio and then control music or other multimedia with the use of switches located on a multifunction steering wheel for more convenience.
AUX signal input in TME
All the above mentioned connectors and adapters available on the TME offer come from trustworthy manufacturers and their installation is very simple thanks to a detailed instruction or indications on the radio itself. What is more, TME offers nonstandard connectors.