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Old 05-15-2004, 10:49 AM   #1
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Default IceLink / iPod install (edited: now with text & pics)

Using yeahboz' install post as a guide, my own install went without a hitch. I was cheap and tried to fashion my own radio removal keys from file folder hangers but did not have success. The wonderful APR I+ software is generating lean and O2 sensor codes more frequently now and the recent set took me to the dealer while on vacation 125 miles from home. The dealer was great and would be worth the trip for regularly scheduled service visits. Anyway, I had the dealer use their radio keys to pull the head unit out half an inch.

I've read several posts for blitzsafe and similar products. Seemed like a good approach but had a few disadvantages too. The icelink offers line out connection for best possible sound, no using the headphone connection. The new v1.1 cradle charges ipod so you?re not left with dead battery by the end of your trip. The headunit now controls track selection so no fussing with the barely visible ipod display while driving. The v1.1 cradle also powers off the ipod when the hu is powered off. Finally, the v1.1 kit includes all parts necessary for the install (except radio removal keys. This should be offered, too, as landspeed did with their VW upgrade kits). Yes, it is more expensive but these new features were important to me and I felt it was better to go all the way with a clean install rather than spend a good amount for a compromise solution. You decide which features you need. I see the value in blitzsafe but icelink better fits my needs.

Yeahboz disconnected the antenna cable during his install but I did not need to. Attaching the ground wire IS critical, but I also needed to disconnect the power cable and then reinsert in order to get audio signal through the CDC port.

Because the icelink connection ends in a cradle, I chose to order a dash mount. The mount is not pictured because densionusa has not yet sent it to me. For the time being, the cradle cord is long enough to reach the storage area under the arm rest. A nice hiding place for those times when I need to leave the ipod in the car. Because I intended to use the dash mount I did not route the cable all the way down the back and under the dash console panel. Instead, I routed it through a small opening next to the glove box. The cable is black so it blends a bit better than white or gray cables would.

DO use a towel to protect your interior while doing the install. And DO notice the AMS SS. Shorter throws and precise feel. Worth the money. The HU balanced well on the SS during the install. And DO use care when tucking the cables back in to the dash as they tend to kink. Finally, DO disregard my dusty interior! I was away on vacation and out in the desert. Nothing out there but golf and DUST!!! Oh, and lotsa margaritas!

Not much to add 'cept to refer you all to yeahboz' install post with great pics. Install time was about 10 or 15 minutes and the only issue was no sound upon first connection. I checked all connections and then pulled the power to the HU. That seemed to solve the problem. Now I've got 4209 songs with the ipod set to shuffle play. Next I'll hafta create a 'classical' and a 'jazz' playlist so I can use the ipod while family and coworkers and clients are in the car. THEN I can enjoy alternative and all the good stuff while on my own. Random play with huge song selection is SO much better than 6 cds in the dash. . . .

Good luck, all.

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<img src="http://pictureposter.audiworld.com/33510/cradle_temp.jpg"><ul><li><a href="http://forums.audiworld.com/a4gen2/msgs/218162.phtml">yeahboz' blitzsafe install with pics</a></li></ul>
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Old 05-15-2004, 09:52 PM   #2
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Default will this install for those of us with XM?

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Old 05-15-2004, 10:21 PM   #3
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Default Excellent. I heard of another B6 with a icelink v1.1 where song skip and reverse didn't work.

Glad to hear yours worked out.
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Old 05-16-2004, 10:50 PM   #4
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Default What does the display show for track/time info?

Looks like it's out of sync in the one picture you posted, just curious if it syncs to the iPod display at all. The Blitzsafe displays CDC1 Disc 1 Track 99 0:00 when it's selected.
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Default Track number scrolls 1 through 9 and recycles,

so no, it is not sync'd. . . .but I've now got 4,600 songs on the ipod anyway. . . .track time DOES correspond.
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Old 05-17-2004, 07:02 AM   #6
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Default I'm glad your iPod installation went well!

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Old 05-17-2004, 11:31 AM   #8
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Default now that i think about it

because yours is connected through the dock, you are running through "line out" as well, aren't you? no cheesy headphone connection and related inferior sound quality, huh?

I'm really dense and I missed that before.

I don't have your mechanical abilities, either, but I DO like your install. I needed a foolproof install, like the one Landspeed offered for there VW audio system upgrade. simply plug 'n play.
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Thumbs up to YBH for professional sales staff. Thumbs down to Rusnak for inept service department. No thumbs to Beverly Hills for stealing quarters from my ashtray and telling me to please bring 5 quarts of oil next time. One stumpy middle finger to Keyes because the minor 30k Svc took 2 effing days! Thumbs up to Desert European for professional service as it should be. Thumbs up to Downtown LA for great weekend service. Another thumbs up to Downtown LA for dealing with my coil pack issue on a weekend.

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Old 05-17-2004, 04:02 PM   #9
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Default Re: IceLink / iPod install (edited: now with text & pics)

hi....where do you get the 2-connects adapter????????...thanks
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Default Everything shown in the first pic ('cept ipod and watch) came together as a kit

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Thumbs up to YBH for professional sales staff. Thumbs down to Rusnak for inept service department. No thumbs to Beverly Hills for stealing quarters from my ashtray and telling me to please bring 5 quarts of oil next time. One stumpy middle finger to Keyes because the minor 30k Svc took 2 effing days! Thumbs up to Desert European for professional service as it should be. Thumbs up to Downtown LA for great weekend service. Another thumbs up to Downtown LA for dealing with my coil pack issue on a weekend.

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Old 05-17-2004, 05:23 PM   #11
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Default update: time is not sync'd either!

I am teh suxor at attention sometimes. I saw the track time counting and lost interest by the time it reached .09. . . . .today I noticed track time reaches 09 and begins at 01 again!

so it appears this is a clean install and offers direct in connection and HU control of track forward and back but track number and track time are not sync'd AND the HU display does not list artist or title text as some radio stations do.

just a fancy contraption to allow clean install and clean sound from ipod. . . . .blitzsafe may be an attractive alternative for some folks.
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Default I think head unit control is a definate benefit.

You are correct, the dock does supply a clean line out signal.

As you are the only person I know with the new icelink maybe you could enlighten me on a few things.

When you switch to FM Radio on the headunit, does this pause the iPod? If so how do you resume play on return to CDC?

The icelink "dock" looks pretty nice. Is it still easy to use the scroll wheel with your thumb while palming the iPod and dock?

With regards to my mechanical abilities, I think you may over estimate me.

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Default I dislike commercials

so I don't generally listen to radio. When I do, it is often AM for traffic reports. . . .I have not yet checked it out but will do so on the way home tonight.

the cradle is curved and the whole thing fits in the hand pretty well.

I've got about 4800 songs on the ipod now and just have it set to random. Kind of odd with the sudden switch in genres but a refreshing novelty. . . . hank williams, the clash, rostropovich, louis armstrong, van morrison, bauhaus, the cure, david sanborn, red hot chili peppers. . . . .classical is under-represented and a recent 10cd John Lee Hooker box set purchase skews the blues represenation, but still good fun. . . .
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Default update: HU switching:

switching to FM does power-off the ipod. returning to CDC activates ipod and resumes play.
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Are there any updates for 2006 A4 (Audi symphony II AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD changer)?
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