So I installed the jazzy engineering chip from my earlier post. It works GREAT! What I did was hook up the chip and run a Y minijack out the back so I have 2 inputs. One of the inputs I used with a car charger that I hardwired into my car that takes the line level output from my ipod and charges it also then puts that into a ground loop interrupt (to get rid of some annoying clicks and cracking) and then into the new stereo input. Since putting this in, I have yet to listen to a CD other than the blank one you use to listen to the iPod. The sound quality is in my opinion better than CD quality on some songs (at least it sounds that way, I'm not sure if it actually can be). Installation took about 10 minutes to take out my dash and radio, 20 minutes to install the chip (being extra cautious, so you can be faster perhaps), and then another 10 to reinstall the dash. After I got it working, It took me about another 1.5-2 hours to hardwire everything in and get a nice clean install so it looks stock. Here are some pics of the install and final product:
Everything before I started. From top left going clockwise: Y jack from radioshack, 6' (yes I know its excessive) 3.5mm cable male-male, the jazzyengineering chip to install, my stock radio.
After taking the Faceplate, CD changer, and brackets off the stereo.
The cable running from the CD changer that the chip hooks into.
CD changer back on with the chip in. The instructions said to make sure you take the CD's out before you start, I obviously didnt but luckily I didnt end up with any jams after I started it back up again.
A blurry picture in an attempt to show how the chip is in there.