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Espace - ICE AUX input

Anyone any ideas of how to connect into this on the 2003 Espace?

I did read an article which said I needed to remove the radio/amp unit & solder directly onto the back of one of the connectors on the PCB. Not wild about that but if necessary...

I guess the connector must come out somewhere - presumably used for the optional multimedia/DVD system. Funny, thats exactly what I want it for, albeit a portable system for the kids on long journeys.

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Our family car is the same Grand Espace as yours with the radio unit embedded in one of the boot space side panels. Back in early 2004 when we purchased the car, I too was pressuring Renault as to how the AUX INPUT could be utilised. We'd had the optional DVD Player fitted and would have preferred to be able to to let the kids hear the movie through the speakers, as the IR headphones can become uncomfortable after a time.

Several attempts through dealers proved fruitless, so I wrote to Renault UK explaining that the AUX feature described on their website and in the Radio's manual for auxillary audio from an optional video source to the main speakers didn't work and didn't seem accessible.

Someone from Renault UK eventually rang me to explain that this feature was never implemented. "But it's in your documentation and your advertising"' I said. "And I was kind of wanting that option".

"Well, you can't do it.", the man said. Well, I got frustrated and he got shirty. "Why on earth would you want to do that?", he said. "Because the kids don't like the headphones." I said. "Well, mine cope just fine." he said. "And besides, it would be a dangerous distraction for the driver."

"And switching on headphones, handing them out, replacing batteries and retuning the IR frequency on them once the kids man-handle them ISN'T??", I said.

Anyway, I got nowhere and had to just swallow their false advertising, misleading documentation and, quite frankly, discourteous attitude. But every now and again I get the urge to see what information is out there and I found a few postings on this forum. Your post is a year old, but it appears you still visit the forums so I thought I'd see if you found out any more information on this topic.

You mentioned soldering onto the PCB which goes someway to explaining how Renault didn't implement the feature, although the radio system clearing believes that an AUX INPUT is possible.

Any information gratefully received,

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Try looking in the following thread.

Aux Input Adapter For Renault - AV Forums

I did store some info on aux inputs (somewhere) which suggested it was simply a case of fitting a special lead - I'll try to dig out & re-post.

The mini-ISO connectors referred to are availale on e-bay. Simply search for mini-ISO.

I didn't get round to doing this as the boss and I decided it was probably best not to if I wanted to keep our sanity. The kids like watching their favourite DVDs over & over again. On a trip to Euro Disney the kids were able to watch their DVDs with the sound via the monitors whilst we listened to the stereo with only the front speakers on. Not something we could do with the DVDs playing through the car audio. We bought the (much cheaper) aftermarket clip on units which can also be used in the accomodation.

I'm pretty sure I've seen aux-in audio leads on e-bay for the Espace from time to time. Don't see any at the moment though.


ps have you considered connecting an RF transmitter & tuning in on the car audio. Not as good I agree but less cabling!
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Hi, mine has 2 phone (left and right) connectors at the back of the unit .... I assumed that was the AUX in.

hope it helps

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