Hi Sean!Hi all, I'm new to this board and my 2003 M5! I have been a long time Z3 owner and member of the Roadfly forum for the roadster but I can see that I'll be spending all my time here from now on!
Ok, so my M5 has an XM radio that was installed shoddily by a prior owner. I say shoddily because, as both an electrical engineer and a audio fanatic, I can't condone twisting wires together and throwing a little tape around them as a way to splice into the factory wiring. There is a large amount of alternator whine noise filtering into the system. I've read up on this forum a bit already using the search and branching off to places like bmwtips.com.
On to my question to the board: Since the stock Alpine 6-disc CD changer (non-mp3) has a coaxial type cable on it, how does that interface to the little black factory connector? Am I missing an intermediate cable? Looking at RealOEM.com shows a diagram for a DSP-version CD changer connection cable:
anybody know if that's what I need to put this back to stock operation? The changer co-ax cable currently goes into the Blitzsafe converter box which then is (shoddily) tapped into the stock connector.
Thanks in advance for your help,
Welcome to the "Board"!! A couple clarifications before the M5 audio experts (not me) jump in....
1. I also have a 2003. You SHOULD have the M-Audio....do you in fact have this? This is important because different MYs used one of two different connections. The DSP systems (at least on mine) do not necessarily use the coaxial type cable, rather a 3-pin and a 6-pin connector.
2. When you say "back to stock", do you want to remove the XM radio completely and go back to the stock CD changer alone?
A little more clarification will be helpful to those of us trying to help:1:
PS.-I agree with twisting wires...yuck (mine are soldered and heat wrapped)
PSS. Pictures of your beast are MANDATORY when you have time:haha: