Pioneer CD-ML100

MirrorLink™ interface for select Pioneer A/V receivers

  • Pioneer CD-ML100


  • Pioneer CD-ML100


  • Pioneer CD-ML100


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Add MirrorLink™ compatibility

MirrorLink technology lets you enjoy the gold standard of in-car connectivity with select Pioneer A/V receivers and many popular Android™ smartphones. If you've got a compatible phone, this CD-ML100 interface gives you touchscreen control over a simplified version of your phone's menu on the receiver's display. Warranty: 1 year.

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  • MirrorLink interface adapter
  • 6.75' RGB cable
  • 59" USB extension cable
  • 20" USB-to-microUSB cable
  • 6.5' Power/ground harness
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty Information

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MirrorLink Interface Adapter: The Pioneer CD-ML100 enables MirrorLink compatible devices from smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, and others to connect to select 2014 Pioneer DVD receivers. With the proper app installed onto the MirrorLink smartphone and connected to the DVD Receiver using the CD-ML100 adapter box and cables, MirrorLink gives you a custom interface so you can access your music, map services, and your phone to make calls on-the-go, hands-free of course.

Pioneer Head Unit Compatibility: The CD-ML100 MirrorLink interface adapter is compatible with the following 2014 Pioneer in-dash DVD receivers (as of 1/7/2014).

  • AVH-X5600BHS
  • ZVH-X4600BT
  • AVH-X3600BHS
  • AVH-X2600BT
  • AVH-X1600DVD
Note: If you choose to use MirrorLink with the CD-ML100 on your DVD receiver, you will lose the ability to add on the Pioneer AVIC-U250 add-on navigation system (sold separately) or use AppRadio Mode with an iPhone.

Compatible Mobile Phones: MirrorLink certified mobile devices include select Samsung & Sony smartphones.

  • Samsung Galaxy S 3/ Note 2: To use MirrorLink with your Samsung Galaxy S 3 or Note 2, the free "Drive Link" application must be downloaded from Samsung Apps and installed on your compatible Samsung Galaxy S 3 smartphone. Once downloaded, individual apps are grouped into three categories (Music, Location, Phone) for easy access.
  • Sony Xperia Z: The Sony Xperia Z (with latest firmware update) does not require an additional app download.

MirrorLink App: Once your compatible smartphone is connected, individual apps are grouped into three categories ("Music", "Location/Drive", "Phone/Call") for easy access from your Pioneer DVD receiver. You'll be able to quickly access your stored music, navigation maps, as well as hands-free phone calls directly from the Pioneer DVD receiver's touchscreen.

  • Music: You can listen to every music file stored in the smartphone. You can search for your music files by Favorites, Playlists, Artists, Albums, or All Songs.
  • Location (Drive): You can navigate via Google Maps. You are able to speak and type destinations. The app provides you with an on-screen map screen and audible directions. 
  • Phone (Call): The app retrieves all contact information stored in the smartphone. You can make and answer phone calls from the head unit's touchscreen, just as you would normally do on your smartphone. The head unit will even read aloud text messages and let you reply.
Note: For more information regarding MirrorLink, please visit www.mirrorlink.com.

Installation Notes: The Pioneer CD-ML100 consists of a hide-away interface adapter which installs behind the dash. The interface adapter connects to your compatible Pioneer in-dash DVD receiver via the included 6.75' RGB cable. The included 6.5' power/ground cable needs to be connected to your vehicle's electrical system to supply power to the interface adapter. Your MirrorLink compatible smartphone then plugs into the CD-ML100 via the included 59" USB extension cable and 29" USB-to-microUSB cable.

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1 out of 5

Don't buy this

Written By Anonymous, Tampa on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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Pioneer and Mirror have failed miserably. They falsely advertise the Pioneer 1600 DVD head unit works with android; all you need to do is buy the Mirror link adaptor. The problem is there is no working ap for android, and the head unit keeps wanting a usb update that doesn't exist. The Crutchfield tech support did everything they could to help resolve the problem. However, when I called Pioneer, they insisted that what I was reading on the head unit wasn't really there, and the system is fine. There are hundreds of reviews that say Drive Link (the Mirror Link app) doesn't work, but I gave it a try. It doesn't. Pioneer is aware and will not do anything about it.. Don't buy this unless you want an expensive paper weight.
The Crutchfield team was great.
It doesn't work. Even with professional installation it's garbage.
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2 out of 5

Not compatible

Written By Calvin, San Francisco Ca on Monday, August 18, 2014
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Samsung S4 not compatible
Not compatible with Samsung S4
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Written By Shello, Virgin Islands on Monday, January 20, 2014
Got this after being told by the salesperson that I NEEDED to have it after purchasing the Pioneer 2600bt. The adaptor would cause my amplifiers to turn on when the head unit was off and the key was in the acc or on position. All my connections were correct and flawless . The problem seem to be when connecting the cable into the GPS port of the head unit . I do not know if this is a function of the mirrorlink adaptor being connected to the GPS port . I called tech support but some of the staff don't seem to have good knowledge of this product or ALL it's functions . Having my amps on while the radio is off when I'm driving does not sit well with me. I could have installed a toggle switch to the adaptor 12v wire to combat this issue after some thinking but chose not to. I even had one off the guys from tech support tell me it's suppose to do that. I even thought that my radio was defective but after disconnecting the adaptor, my amps stayed off until I turn my radio on. I am glad I found this issue out because I was going to return everything . I also found that my galaxy s4 combined with the adaptor had a few issues. I think there IS a place for this Mirrorlink technology but there are so hiccups that need to be addressed. My cell works fine using the bluetooth with the radio and I really don't need the adaptor like they said. It's just not worth the money until they get the kinks out.
Very easy to install and nice long wires to install almost anywhere in the front of your vehicle .
Causes amps to turn on or stay on when radio is off. Not really as smooth with the samsung galaxy s4 and for the limitations with apps use, it's not really worth the money and headache.
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2 out of 5

Not very useful product

Written By ScottH, Twin Cities, MN on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Because you cannot listen to the radio, Pandora, etc while using this product, it is not very useful for me. I figured I could do both, but it is one or the other. Very frustrating. The three parts of the app are mapping, music and phone. Phone support and music support are already part of the head unit, so not very useful in Mirror Link. As to mapping, seems to me like a dumbed down version of Google maps. I have a Garmin GPS, so I don't really need the navigation. I had hoped to have the Google traffic map on my radio screen during rush hour, but if that is even possible, I could not listen to my head unit while doing so. I have since returned the Mirror Link to Crutchfield with their amazing satisfaction guarantee. Thank you Crutchfield!
Easy to connect to car wiring and the app setup is fairly easy, however I did need to call Crutchfield for assistance. BTW, Crutchfield was amazing and very knowledgeable.
Cannot listen to Pandora, radio (etc.) when Mirror Link is being used. Phone and music support already part of the radio and mapping is limited and a rather frustrating interface.
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Written By Randy B, San Antonio Tx on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
this is such a great add on if you own a new Pioneer Receiver and would like to use your Mirrorlink its so easy to install if you get this you wont go wrong.
you wont need anything else to put it in and you can do it your self
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4 questions already asked Show all answers

I just purchased pioneer Avh 4600bt and am thinking about purchasing the cd mL100 but i want to know if its really worth it? If so explain y [ eariasjr  Aug 05, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Mirrorlink interface is only compatible with VERY few Android phones so it is important to verify which phone you have. Please contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss further. [ Krissy Staff  Aug 06, 2014 ]
Os this CD-ML 100. Compatible with an iPhone 5s? Or is the CD-IV203 a better idea? [ manuel  Jun 16, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Staff  Jun 16, 2014 ]
Will other andriod phones and devices work with the unit besides the galaxys3 or note? [ kyle  Jun 08, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • yes it work good [ marlon   Jun 10, 2014 ]
  • Not if it has the new firmware. [ CODY   Jun 09, 2014 ]
  • I have a moto x and it works fine [ David   Jun 09, 2014 ]
  • It just depends if u can download tge app to your phone if u can and it ooens on your phone u can use it [ RANDY   Jun 09, 2014 ]
Does the cell phone charge while it is connected to the cd ml100? [ Shawn  Mar 01, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • Can you please tell me how you setup your device? What programs are you using? Are you using mirror link or appradio? [ Shawn   Jul 27, 2014 ]
  • yes it charge the phone and let me tell u its so easy to put n I love mine and so will u I can watch Netflix on my car audio because of it [ RANDY   Mar 04, 2014 ]
  • I'm not sure what cords you have plugged into your phone. I use the Bluetooth option while I'm in the car. Cell phones are pluged into the "cigarette charger" so it wouldn't have anything to do with using the cd part [ SEF   Mar 03, 2014 ]
  • yes [ WILLIAM M   Mar 02, 2014 ]

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