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I came across this while doing some research on another car purchase.<p>Dension lists MOST support for the XC90, but not a date and not the S40.<p>Make of this what you will.<p><br><A HREF="http://support.dension.com/dension/icelinkgateway500.php" TARGET="_blank">http://support.dension.com/den...0.php</A><br>
 

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Re: iPod update (steverino)

Dension has been promising this forever; it has been much-discussed here. But it does look like they are making progress, at least.
 

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Re: iPod update (mullmann)

Thanks for the update steverino. I'm really excited by this. This is the first time I've seen the actual product from Dension. It looks well thought out (and real). They keep listing the XC90. That pretty much means they have to support the S40/V40, right?
 

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Re: iPod update (steverino)

My expectations had been reduced to zero, but i am sensing the smallest ray of hope here. i assume i am foolish. correct?
 

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I saw a similar article on ilounge, except there was no mention of any Volvo products. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Here it is-<p>DICE iPod car kits debut, MOST fiber optic integration offered<br>By Larry Angell Senior Editor, iLounge<br>Published: Monday, April 10, 2006<br>News Category: Accessories tell a friend print this page submit a news tip<br> <br>Dension has announced that it will will be distributing DICE Electronics’ new iPod integration kits. DICE offers three kits—Hard-Wired to MOST, Hard-wired to CDC and Hard-Wired FM-RDS—which give you “the highest in sound quality, controls from your radio and steering wheel, charging for your iPod, unlimited playlist selections and more.” The MOST kit ($400) is for Mercedes Benz and Porsche vehicles vehicles utilizing the MOST fiber optic bus. The CDC kit (from $160; Audi, Acura, BMW, GM, Honda, Lexus, Mini, Mazda, Mercedes, Scion, Toyota and VW) allows you to connect an iPod to your vehicle’s factory entertainment system through the CD changer port. The FM-RDS kit (from $160) works with all vehicles with FM radio and a universal antenna port, and offers static free FM modulation. DICE is also selling an optional $60 iPod video cradle. <p>
 

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I am waiting for someone to come up with a solution for the V50 - at present I am using the Griffin iTrip Auto.<p>Working for iLounge I find it frustrating that I happened to pick one of the few cars which doesn't allow me to 'plumb' in the iPod. <p>The iTrip is OK as a stop gap measure, although finding a frequency which is clear is hard in the UK. If I go out of my local area it sometimes picks up stations which introduces crackling into the sound. <p>Guess my patience will be truly tested over this subject.......
 

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I'm using a Fm modulator since January 9th. <p>Simply amasing <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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How have you got it connected? - I asked the Harmon Kardon people at MacWorld 06 about whether I could fit the <A HREF="http://www.harmankardon.com/drive-1/default.aspx" TARGET="_blank">Harmon Kardon Drive+Play</A> using the FM Modulator version and they said no. From what I understand the MOST system doesn't have a regular antenna connection to allow a FM Mod box to sit in.<p>Any light is gratefully received!!
 

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It's realy simple.<p>Parts list:<p>- ipod car dock (in my case i used a belkin unit with audio out for ipod mini).<br>- audio cable<br>- fm modulator<br>- ground loop isolator (very usefull to stop alternator noise).<br>- power wires (red, black... the works).<br>- soldering iron <p>Locate the antena connector (V50's it's on the rear side windows, and on the s40 it's on the rear window.<p>solder wires to each pole of the antena conector, and then connect those same wires to the fm modulator output.<p>power the fm modulator using the acessory lines (car on: fm modulator on; car off: fm modulator off).<p>Connect the ipod to the car kit, and then the kit to the fm modulator and it's done.<p>Speaking in sound quality, it's cd quality.<p><br>I have some pics, don't mind the Portuguese "notes" on them <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p><A HREF="http://img211.imageshack.us/my.php?image=24un.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/1060/24un.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><A HREF="http://img224.imageshack.us/my.php?image=30zz1.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/4628/30zz1.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://img224.imageshack.us/my.php?image=74tn.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/5382/74tn.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><A HREF="http://img224.imageshack.us/my.php?image=99hd.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/5834/99hd.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p><br>and the carpc/ipod console almost finished:<p><A HREF="http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=painelcontrolo47kg.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/8904/painelcontrolo47kg.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=painelcontrolo59zg.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/5451/painelcontrolo59zg.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><A HREF="http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=painelcontrolo61zu.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/1080/painelcontrolo61zu.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><A HREF="http://img410.imageshack.us/my.php?image=painelcontrolo74gg.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/3129/painelcontrolo74gg.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p>PS:<p><A HREF="http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=151928" TARGET="_blank">http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCa...51928</A><p>This car dock is compatible with any ipod and has the 3.5mm audio output.<p><br><A HREF="http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=195153" TARGET="_blank">http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCa...95153</A><p>This one is for ipod mini only (i have this one).
 

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Well, thanks for that - it can be done!!!<p>Your centre console set up looks interesting - what are the other slots for? <p>I have my iPod mounted in a ProClip/Brodit mount - <p><A HREF="http://imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/5975/p12501124ax.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p>
 

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from front to back <p>-Ipod dock<p>Touchpad (it's empty for the moment) - carpc<p>Severall buttons (power the computer, monitor, reset, open garage doors, etc...etc..) - Similar design to the radio controls (1,2,3,4..... cd .. am/fm)<p>USB port for connecting the digital camera, a friend external hard drive... imagine the possibilities <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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What are the specs of your PC? <p>I've seen some neat installs using the Apple Mac mini - where you putting the monitor?
 

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asus laptop centrino 1.6ghz<p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>The monitor part it's secret. I'm still developing that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> All i can say is that it will have the OEM look
 

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the laptop goes in the trunk <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p><br><A HREF="http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=tecto18ox.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/8569/tecto18ox.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://img123.imageshack.us/my.php?image=monitor25ev.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img123.imageshack.us/img123/2995/monitor25ev.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><br><A HREF="http://img104.imageshack.us/my.php?image=tecto75ul.jpg" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img104.imageshack.us/img104/9964/tecto75ul.th.jpg" BORDER="0"></A>
 

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I want to know too. Please post up a step-by-step instruction of installation....Thanks in advance!!<br>I don't want to take out the cupholder compartment and drill a hole in it. Is there another way to place the ipod in the armrest or glove box?<p>PS: just wondering will this installation break the car warrenty...
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Randy182</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I want to know too. Please post up a step-by-step instruction of installation....Thanks in advance!!<br>I don't want to take out the cupholder compartment and drill a hole in it. Is there another way to place the ipod in the armrest or glove box?<p>PS: just wondering will this installation break the car warrenty...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I don't have step by step instructions. The work was done by the dealership tecnician and I couldn't be there the whole time. I bought the parts and said what i wanted and he did it.<p>As to the cupholder question yes you can keep it (i choose not to), you can have a cable with the ipod conector inside the armrest (like I and the dealer did with the service XC90).<p>They said the warranty was not affected since they did the job and know that it doesn't mess up any sistem in the car. (i supose you can do it yourself <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> the only way warranty is denied is if they can prove that the problem came from the ipod setup, if not, you keep your warranty.<p><br>I spent about 150€ (200usd) in parts. The instalation was free (first ipod setup, they were learning so i didn't pay anything - i have a very good relation with the dealer ).
 

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It's a pretty basic setup really. <br>Ipod is mounted using the <A HREF="http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/ipod/review/proclip-padded-holder-with-tilt-swivel-and-cable-attachment-ipod/" TARGET="_blank">ProClip Holder</A> and <A HREF="http://www.brodit.com/montering.jsp?anr=653500" TARGET="_blank">Brodit Vent mount</A>. <br>I did also try using the <A HREF="http://www.brodit.com/montering.jsp?anr=653361" TARGET="_blank"> Centre Console mount</A> but found it was difficult to select first/third gear - this mount should be OK with an autobox though.<p>The <A HREF="http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/ipod/review/griffin-technology-itrip-auto-fm-transmitter-and-charger-for-ipod-ipod/" TARGET="_blank">Griffin iTrip Auto</A> was recommended as being one of the best. From using the original iTrip on my 4G iPod I was less then happy with the performance as it really needed to be almost next to the antenna to give a decent reception. That and the palava you had to go through to select a different frequency didn't help.<br>The iTrip Auto is a lot better, though not perfect. I have to use it in the DX mode which is mono, due to hiss when used in the LX (stereo) mode. This is not as bad as it seems, as gaining better reception but losing stereo is a reasonable trade off as a temporary measure - ideally I would love to have stereo, but this is only a set up I'll use until I find a better solution.<br>With the LCD display on the iTrip Auto, changing freqs is easier than before and if I drive out of my local area I find the sound develops crackles (almost like listening to a well worn record) as adjacent stations bleed across into the freq I use (105.9), so having the LCD display is a help.<p>At present I am using the iTrip Auto plugged into the front power socket with the dock connector end clamped into the ProClip holder, so it's just a case of sliding the iPod in or out to connect it. The actual iTrip is tucked behind the floating console and the cable from the power outlet is tucked around the lower edge of the console.<p><A HREF="http://imageshack.us" TARGET="_blank"><IMG SRC="http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/576/p10004145da.jpg" BORDER="0"></A><p>This is, hopefully, a temporary measure until someone comes up with a solution for the MOST system - although from reading these forums as a lurker, this has been rumbling on for some time now <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 
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