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The USB / AUX Solutions of the Volkswagen OEM Car Audio
Written by the Merchandise Development Team
Saturday, 25 August 2012, 11:30
A car USB input, such as the iPod USB and MP3 USB, has been a hot topic among the car owners. Very luckily, the OEM car audio for some Volkswagen cars supports similar functions, either by a front SD card slot or by a USB input on the back of the car radio. These Volkswagen USB input applications avoid an embarrassing situation that car owners have to buy an aftermarket car stereo just because that the OEM car audio does not provide a USB AUX Interface.
Not all factory-installed head unit allows the car USB input. Some Volkswagen car owners do not even know that their OEM car stereos can support the MP3 USB input. Most Volkswagen USB interfaces are not as apparent as a front USB input. It may be built as a car USB input at the back of the car radio. You need to check the harness connectors at the back to know more information.
Let’s take the VOL-0123 for example. The below image (Img-01) is the back view of the VOL-0123, which is the factory-installed head unit of the 2011/2012 Volkswagen Bora. Two harness connectors shown in the image need to be paid attention to. One connector allows the USB connectivity to external peripheral devices, serving as a car USB input on the Volkswagen factory-installed car radio. The other connector supports an AUX input to the car audio. These two harness connectors are widely applied in the latest Volkswagen original car stereos to support the MP3 USB function. The latest OEM car audios, such as Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Touareg, etc. are equipped with these two connectors, which help achieve the external Volkswagen USB functions.
A simple DIY action to uninstall your factory-installed head unit will help you know more information of your car radio. Take the OEM car audio of the Volkswagen Golf for example. You will find it not difficult to be uninstalled. By checking the harness connectors at the back of the head unit, you will know whether this kit can allow the iPod USB and MP3 USB input.
After knowing whether your car radio can support the Volkswagen USB functions, another question may be raised. What accessories can drive the two mentioned connectors? What type of products can serve as a USB AUX interface or the Volkswagen USB adapter?
Below is the selection of some hot accessories of the USB AUX interface and the Volkswagen USB adapter.
1. The USB/AUX Cable and the USB AUX Interface..
This is a USB/AUX cable for the Volkswagen USB input. As shown in the below image (Img-02), this kit connects to both harness connectors of the car stereo and allows the USB connectivity to external peripheral devices and the AUX input for MP3 players such as a phone and an iPod. The advantage of this kit is the low cost; however, the USB AUX interface is not as good as anticipated. It is simple but cheap.
2. The USB Interface Kit..
This is a USB interface kit for the Volkswagen USB input. As shown in the below image (Img-03), this kit includes a USB jack and a harness wired to the head unit. It allows iPod USB and MP3 USB input, as well as the connectivity of some external peripheral devices. The USB jack perfectly serves as a pretty Volkswagen USB adapter to the car radio. Imagine that by installing such a kit on a Volkswagen Jetta or Volkswagen Tiguan, you can enjoy the music in the USB stick easily.
3. The AUX Interface Kit..
This is a USB interface kit for the AUX input. As shown in the below image (Img-04), this kit includes an AUX jack and a harness wired to the car stereo. It supports AUX input from a third-party device such as an MP3 player and an iPod. You can find it appear prettily in your Volkswagen Golf or Volkswagen Jetta etc. with an AUX jack.
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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 August 2012, 23:30