Full iPod Control and charging (IPO5DC9 iPod cable sold separately)
Connect and control a USB storage device
Control USB folders using CDC controls
No Text support
iPod cable not included
Gateway 500 Lite is a simple to use interface that will be the standard entry level product for both iPod and USB integration in cars which cannot support text. No menu structure to remember or complex operations to perform, just plug in the iPod or USB and select CD6. Music is now played through the car audio system. Gateway 500 Lite can accommodate iPod (with a dock cable or cradle) or USB, but to keep selection easy, there is no facility to switch between them. Whichever device was plugged in last is the one that will play. Control of the iPod is from the click wheel and all functions will operate as normal, however the skip buttons on your radio (or steering wheel) can be used to move forward and backwards through your tracks. The device will also charge while it is plugged in to the Gateway 500 Lite. If your USB device has a folder structure, or playlists, these can be accessed by selecting the corresponding CD number on your changer controls, up to the number of CDs your changer control is capable of handling, i.e. CD1 will play folder 1, CD2 will play folder 2 etc.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought one of these for my Kenwood head unit about a month ago. At first it was frustrating trying to get it to work, but after tickering for a little while and updating the firmware it works well. I bought it mainly because I couldn't stand the sound quality from FM transmitters and I don't have a tape player (which sound bad anyways). Also, I bought it because you can control it from the ipod itself, as well as from the head unit. However, I think that controlling an ipod from the head unit is a really stupid idea because it takes FOREVER to find the song you want. You can also set it to charge, charge when key is turned, or not charge at all. The sound is great, maybe better than CD quality, and it sure beats a fuzzy FM signal. I would definitely recommend this product--if you are willing to spend $200 on it. I installed it myself and the instructions that came with it are pretty straight forward. Also, it can constantly be updated so the people at Dension can finally...
Works as advertised, which is quite impressive considering how squirrely Mercedes audio systems can be. Fiber Optics? Really? Why, MB - Just to be different?
I started out to replace the head unit for a friend, since the factory one has no digital media capabilities (and the CD players always beak in a few years). When I first saw those fiber cables I thought I was going to have to rip out the whole sound system, including amp and speakers. I saw this Dension unit and thought I'd give it a try.
It installed easily, and sounds great. I ran the USB cable (more about that in a bit) out to the center console, where it plays a 32gb thumb drive full of digital music. Waaaaay less work for me than replacing the whole system, and my friend is delighted. The head unit works as a control, with only one problem: It's limited to navigating between only 6 folderson the thumb drive, since the head unit thinks the folders are CDs in the changer.
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