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Old 04-07-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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I know this has probably been covered several times before, however, looking for the best product out there for hooking up my ipod to play directly into my symphony stereo. I'd like to do the install myself, however have heard, that getting the radio out is a @#!*. Any advise would be much appreciated. 05', 4.2.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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getting the radio out is easy if you have keys. if not 5.00 to the kid a best buy works too. I've been happy with the old Dension Ice Link. You can find them on Ebay or the new company that took them over. Just keep searching. Keep in mind that most do not work with the Ipod you bought today. They generally work with older Pods and none of them will show artist or track in on the head unit.
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I have the Dice Electronics iPod link, which I had custom installed so my ipod sits in the tray under the armrest. It works with the steering wheel controls to change playlists or songs within playlists. The guys who installed it said it was quite the tight fit to get the headunit back in place with the new wires.
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I ordered and installed the DICE unit last week.
The radio was a PITA to get out until I ordered the right keys from Crutchfield. Then it came out in less than 2 mins. There is a youtube video of Audi stereo removal out there as well.
Drop the glove box and bury the control unit in any space you can. Make sure your dip switches are set correctly and you should be in business.


I ran the control cord down the center column and out the emergeny brake gap.
I then use a piece of velcro to hold the iPOD in place - this looks a LOT better than it sounds and the functionality is great. I'll see if I can snap a pic later on and post it.

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Old 04-08-2009, 10:25 AM   #5
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Thanks, this info is getting more motivated to do it.
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:20 PM   #6
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yeah i still have my ipod hookup still laying there for the past few months...
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Old 04-09-2009, 03:04 AM   #7
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Hate to say this but if you have a cassette player in your dash it works well and does not prevent use of a sat radio or phat box. I use a high quality cassette adapter and run the wire under the radio and out the passenger well to my Kuda mount.

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Easy to hook up, control through radio controls or steering wheel. Reasonable price. You must make sure to get proper cables for Audi. Search Crutchfield.
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I also have the dice electronic adapter. Works great. And DIY radio keys are in my picture poster.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:50 AM   #10
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Agree that Dice is the way to go & that it is a tight fit with satellite radio connected. Control unit in the glovebox & connector wired thru the console. It works with original iPhone; have not tried 3G yet.
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Is there a recommended DICE installer in the Philadelphia area? I have an '05 4.2 with Sat. Thanks.
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Is there a recommended DICE installer in the Philadelphia area? I have an '05 4.2 with Sat. Thanks.
With the radio removal tools, its not that hard to do yourself if you are so inclined. I'm in Chicago--wish I could help!
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Is there a recommended DICE installer in the Philadelphia area? I have an '05 4.2 with Sat. Thanks.
don't think there is an actual "Dice Installation Network", but most any car audio shop should be able to install it for you. shouldn't be more than $200, but labor rates vary around the country.
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If you can find the Dennison Ice Link in eBay, grab one. The have been going for $100 or so and they include the docking cradle. The newer solutions are more like $250. There is a Panavice mount that works perfectly for mounting it. I installed mine last year. I've used many different iPod models in it and it works/sounds great. The tradeoff if that you give up your CD changer in the process. There was a great writeup on this a while back in the audio forum.
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"Dension" or "Ice Link" for the record.
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Thanks again. Sounds like Dennison may be the way to go. If anyone in Denver has ever popped one of these in and has any advise, let me know.
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I don't think the latest iPods will charge with the Ice>Link.
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Mine didn't in my Land Rover. Sold now - this time i will go with DICE.
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Go with DICE, works great.
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I have, its easy. my write up on the procedure is somewhere here.
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