Dension launched the ICE-Link for iPod at this weekend's Stuff Live in London.
This kit allows Apple iPods (both classic and 3rd generation) to send audio through the CD changer port on Wave and Boost as well as aftermarket Alpine, Blaupunkt, Kenwood and Sony. The icing on the cake (ooh, bad pun) is that the interface translates the head unit play/pause/FF/RW commands into the iPod. Absolutely fantastic if you have MFSW.
Photos are very unremarkable... it's a fat cable. One end connects to the head unit, then there's a lump. The lump has a cable with either classic or 3rd gen iPod audid/remote connectors and also a firewire socket to enable a firewire or FW/dock cable to be used to charge the device.
Some more details on the forthcoming Dension ICE-Link gleaned from Lee Harris at ihavetohaveit. US distributors are currently being established, and should have inventory by early November with an estimated suggested retail price of $149 US (excluding applicable sales tax) for the interface and cradle. Dension is presently using the Brodit iPod cradle and are looking forward to the posssibility of access to remote signalling*through the iPod dock connector. In addition to interfacing with the Boost/Wave factory decks (and many other aftermarket decks), the connector also provides AC power to the iPod. The MINI USA accessory development rep, Kevin, intonated to me that this unit would eventually become a dealer-installed option, although he could not specify a roll-out date.
Last edited by Sharkey; Oct 2nd, 2003 at 06:19 PM.
I have a 2002 Cooper S without the AUX port on the head unit.
Does anyone know if this will work with the rear mounted CD Changer connection? I know there is not a traditional RCA-type 'aux' in port, but that can be added with another adaptor. It's the connection to the MFSW that's important right? And the rear CD changer connection has that, correct?
DS/W Cooper S, Lapis Blue Leather, Magnesium Door Casings, Sport Package, Sat Nav System
We could connect at the prewire end but then we'd be running a cable to the front of the car to connect to the iPod. Much easier to connect behind the head unit (you simply unplug the existing connector that feeds the pre-wire cable and replace it with ours) and avoid 2 bus leads running the length of the car.
Having a pre-wired car does not preclude you connecting stuff at the head unit end.
its too bad it takes the audio from from the headphone jack instead of form the firewire port. the sound quality is much better from the firewire port plus you don't have to boost the headphone volume all the way up.
any chance denison can work up a version that uses the firewire as the audio source but still hooks into the remote jack?
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