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Pioneer CD-IV203

iPhone® 5 interface cable for select Pioneer A/V receivers (required for AppRadio Mode)

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by Ken Nail
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Why would I need an iPod® adapter?

An iPod adapter allows you to connect your iPod to your car stereo, then access your playlists with your stereo's controls - a great idea for several reasons. One, you can scroll through your song titles on your stereo's larger display, instead of squinting down at your iPod. Two, you can route the adapter cable to your glove compartment or center console, so your iPod stays safely out of sight. Three, the iPod adapter keeps your iPod fully charged, so it's ready to rock when you leave your car. And last of all, some adapters bypass your iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter, using your stereo's superior DAC to turn your files back into music.

AppRadio Mode and video with iPhone 5

The CD-IV203 interface cable lets you take advantage of Pioneer's Advanced App Mode when your iPhone 5/5s/5c is connected to select Pioneer DVD receivers, so you'll enjoy onscreen control of the latest available apps with an intuitive interface. It also lets you access your iPod's audio and video content with the receiver's touchscreen controls.

You'll see song and album titles, artist names, track length, and other info — all conveniently displayed on the receiver's screen. The cable's design ensures maximum charging speed for your devices. Warranty: 1 year.

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Features and Specs
General
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A/V + Control
Vehicle Specific
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No
Brand Specific
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Pioneer
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
iPod Compatibility
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Touch
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Mini
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iPhone
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5/5C/5S
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • 6.5' VGA-to-RGB cable
  • 20" Lightning-to-USB connector cable
  • Disposal note

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Features

VGA/USB Interface Cable for iPhone 5/5C/5S: The Pioneer CD-IV203 cable kit for select Pioneer multimedia DVD receivers uses a VGA solution to gain compatibility with the Apple iPhone 5/5C/5S. The CD-IV203 kit includes a 6.5' VGA-to-RGB cable to accomplish video transfer and a 20" Lightning-to-USB connector cable for charging the iPhone 5/5C/5S. A Bluetooth connection between the phone and the DVD receiver is required for audio transfer and control.

Compatibility: The CD-IV203 is compatible with the following 2014 Pioneer in-dash DVD receivers (as of 11/27/2013).

  • AVH-X2600BT
  • AVHX3600BHS
  • AVH-X4600BT
  • AVH-X5600BHS

Operation: When used with a compatible Pioneer in-dash DVD receiver and appropriate Apple Lightning adapters (sold separately), the CD-IV203 cable kit enables iPhone 5/5C/5S users to access and control select iPhone 5/5C/5S apps via AppRadio Mode, as well as play and control music and videos stored on the iPhone 5/5C/5S from the receiver's touchscreen display.

Additional Requirements: To complete compatibility between AppRadio Mode and the iPhone 5/5C/5S, the purchase of the Apple Lightning to VGA Adapter (472LT2VGA, sold separately)  is required. In addition, your iPhone 5/5C/5S will need to be paired and connected to the Pioneer DVD receiver via Bluetooth.

Note: Video travels from the iPhone 5/5C/5S to the compatible Pioneer receiver via the VGA connector, while the USB connector charges the Apple device. Audio & control is done via the Pioneer receiver's built-in Bluetooth.
 
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4 out of 5

A key component

Written By MReid, Rapid City, SD on Monday, August 11, 2014
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had my deck professionally installed. Woops! He forgot, or didn't realize, this component was required to get my Iphone to work with AppRadio
Pros:
Key component of a smartphone setup
Cons:
don't know, pro has yet to install
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5 out of 5

Pioneer CD-IV203

Written By Chief, Matthews, NC on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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Works great with the iPhone to control the radio.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Pioneer Appradio Must have

Written By Johpap, Albuquerque, nm on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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What can I say? If you have a Pioneer head unit and want to do anything video related, you need this item. There are a few knock off products out there but they simply don't work. This is the genuine Pioneer product and works perfectly.
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5 out of 5

Cord for lightning adapter

Written By Cords for install of lightning cable, Texas on Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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A must when having an iPhone to use the lightning adapter. This is by far worth the money when using your iPhone for music and videos. I have always wanted to watch videos from my iPhone on my deck and these cords make that possible and the ease of using my iPhone on my deck is amazing. Couldn't ask for a better product accessory for my pioneer deck, a must buy
Pros:
Amazing product for using lightning adapter for iPhone making controlling my iPhone through the deck so much easier than before when I just used the standard USB cord
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Cd-iv203

Written By Matt, Oregon on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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It works flawless I find nothing wrong with the cables. But the deck is new and the interface with the iPhone 5s is a little laggy on the decks side. I'm hoping for a glitch update on the deck. It's just a little slow loading apps and doesn't connect all the time. All you have to do is turn the rig off and back on which is no biggy but would be nice not to have to do. But cable wise it's what you need with the apple cable directly from apple. I must say the nag free USA app is bada$$ :) mixtrax is sweet with the cables as well. Overall only problems are with slow and glitch
Pros:
Exactly What you need
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5 out of 5

Works great

Written By Larry, Jackson, TN on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Cables works as described.
Pros:
Visuals from my iphone to the receiver
Cons:
Pricey!
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5 out of 5

Just what I needed

Written By Jeff, Melbourne, FL on Monday, March 10, 2014
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I wasn't aware when I purchased my Pioneer head unit that I would need this cable for AppRadio, but I ordered it and it arrived quickly and works like a charm. If you have an Apple product with a Lightning connector, you'll also need the Lightning to VGA adapter.
Pros:
Works exactly like it's supposed to.
Cons:
I wish it would receive a Lightning connection without having to pay extra for the additional adapter.
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4 out of 5

incompatible USB

Written By J, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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finally got my Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS installed in my 2008 Scion tc with the waterfall door kit to cover the new head unit.
Pros:
The visual screen images & sound are excellent upgrades from the factory head unit, not into sound systems that can be heard blocks away, this unit & my factory speakers work well together, considering the factory speakers are from Pioneer. So many options with this unit, it is works well with the lightening USB connector for the iphone 5 for Pandora, the blue tooth connection & hands free calling is great, access to call log & phonebook also a great feature. The DVD player has great picture.
Cons:
Unfortunately the VGA cable with the lightening adapter & USB gives me an "incompatible USB" status when attempting to pull video or mirror apps from my iphone 5 to the Pioneer screen. maybe I need the HMDI/lightening adapter, I don't know & haven't seen any info on anyone having problems with this maybe because the unit is fairly new, not sure if this is a firmware download issue. I will check with Pioneer & Crutchfield support, hopefully its nothing major.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good

Written By CP, American Fork, UT on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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Works great with my pioneer avh-x2600bt only wish it came with the adapter that I also had to purchase. Misleading allittle but it works well
Pros:
Charges and allows app use and mirroring
Cons:
Need another adapter.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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1 question already asked

Have 120 gig ipod classic. I want to know if it will work if plug into this cd iv203 cable?I would like to be able to switch between ipod and iphone. [ Morgan  May 23, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • If you have an iPhone 5 or newer, this is what you want. It works, but is somewhat complicated to use if you aren't technically savvy. Look up a YouTube video for how to use it and it helps a lot. But for your iPod classic, you should be able to just plug the cord for the classic directly into the USB port on your radio and it should work [ AUSTIN   May 23, 2014 ]
  • No, this will not work as you would like it. This kit of for the AppRadio feature (will not work on your iPod, as there is no app for it) on the Pioneer deck. I also have a 120GB Classic and it stays plugged in to the USB port on the back of the radio. If you want to be able to switch between iPod and iPhone, you would just need a regular USB->30pin + Lightning adapter. Personally, I use the USB connection for the iPod, and bluetooth for the iPhone. [ MORGAN   May 23, 2014 ]

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