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Post by DarranWS on Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:50 am

Can anyone help me with a product they know of that I can connect my IPOD to my D2's radio/cassette.I have seen product that use the cd control but not for the 1998 D2.
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Post by A8_Tony on Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:01 am

Oh, I have seen one, I'll have to dig out my info Smile

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Post by DarranWS on Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:03 am

cheers Tony
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Post by CtL on Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:38 am

I use this bit of kit - Parrot MKi9200

Integrates my phone and allows the remote use of the iPod.

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Post by Night Train on Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:59 am

I'm about to try out a Dension Gateway 300 on my D2, which also charges the iPod/ iPhone, and also has USB memory stick as well as SDHC support. iPod can be in a cradle or remotely hidden somewhere. It is controlled by the head unit and emulates the remote CD player. I have been assured that it will work with my '98 S8D2. I may attempt to fit it tomorrow, if I do, I'll let all know.
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Post by DarranWS on Sat May 01, 2010 9:22 am

Hi any news on the Dension gateway kit, did it work?
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Post by Night Train on Wed May 05, 2010 11:29 am

Hi Darran,
I'm just waiting on the CD autochanger retention kit, which is no longer listed but they have 3 more in stock still.
The sound quality is good, however its primarily designed for text based audi head units, so I think the facelift owners will be better suited for this, but it can be operated from the concert head unit. Takes a little getting used to, but it does work. I'm currently using the iPod to control it ( I use the iTouch, & iPhone), at the moment its hanging out the dashboard, but will let you know when its all completed.

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Post by DarranWS on Wed May 05, 2010 2:06 pm

Night Train wrote:Hi Darran,
I'm just waiting on the CD autochanger retention kit, which is no longer listed but they have 3 more in stock still.
The sound quality is good, however its primarily designed for text based audi head units, so I think the facelift owners will be better suited for this, but it can be operated from the concert head unit. Takes a little getting used to, but it does work. I'm currently using the iPod to control it ( I use the iTouch, & iPhone), at the moment its hanging out the dashboard, but will let you know when its all completed.

HTH
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Thanks for the feed back Richard hope it all goes well.
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Post by Night Train on Fri May 07, 2010 4:25 am

I think I used cyber mats, mine were custom made but without logo....... spoke to them on the phone, they were very accomodating and very quick on delivery too (had to be made to order, but that was not a problem as they were with me within 3-4 days)

If I can find the receipt, I'll let you know exactly where I bought them from.

[b]OOPS...... Wrong Thread!


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Post by Night Train on Fri May 14, 2010 3:18 am

The Dension is now installed (roughly not final) with the CD retention kit.
The unit plugs into the standard wiring loom between the head unit and the wiring harness, in the top mini iso block. the CD retention kit plugs in either side of the gateway and into the head unit and wiring loom, so its pretty simple stuff. All you have to do is find an earth for the Dension wiring (I used the head unit earth as it was simple and convenient) and to stow away the unit tidily so the radio will fit back in.
I have to route the cables and bring them out tidily to suitable points still. That is the iPod/ Phone plug and the USB socket for memory sticks etc.
The iPod charges whilst connected, which is handy and only uses one connector rather than some that use the 3.5mm jack as well.
The USB charges as well.
The sound quality is very good, though I hope to improve that with a retrofitted Bose setup
OR my 3 x JL Audio 12W6's with a .6KW amp & Soundstream 24dB X-over, the boot's big enough!.... but that's another story. (I don't have a ruddy great LPG tank in mine!)

To control it from the head unit on a pre-facelift with non text display on head unit (concert), you must learn the button pressing sequences to operate the iPod fully, switch back and forth to cd autochanger.

This is quite confusing at first, but I'm getting the hang of it. currently I'm selecting album on the iPod and tracks on the head unit. I keep the manual nearby and am getting better at this.
As I said previously, the unit is primarily designed for the facelift onwards with text displays.

The USB will also power a Hard Disc Drive, though apparently some need a power boost. If you don't want the USB facility then the slightly cheaper Gateway 100 model should suffice.

Whilst not the utopian solution I was hoping for, it certainly works pretty well. Apparently there are plans to release a bluetooth add on for this unit, though I have not seen one yet.

Hope this helps you Darran.

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Richard.


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Post by CtL on Fri May 14, 2010 10:46 am

Thanks for the write up.

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Post by Night Train on Sat May 15, 2010 5:19 am

I forgot to mention that with the Dension units, there's a lifetime technical support, and a 30 day 'satisfaction' policy.
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Post by DarranWS on Sun May 16, 2010 7:22 am

Got to say it really does help and now I am set on having a very similar installation so "sold to the man in the silver A8", bless and thank you.
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