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Sony XA-110IP iPod® Interface Adapter

Control your iPod from your Sony stereo

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by Tim Sprinkle
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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.

Connect your iPod to select 2006-up Sony stereos with the XA-110iP iPod interface adapter. It lets you control just about every aspect of iPod playback right from your stereo. Jump between tracks, search for songs, and even browse tracks without fumbling around with your iPod — track and playlist information show up right on your stereo's display. You can access up to 18 playlists, each containing up to 999 songs.

The XA-110iP adapter offers full-speed access to the iPod — no more lag time in search and scroll mode — and charges the iPod's battery while it's connected.

Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.

Highlights:

  • iPod adapter for 2006-up Sony stereos that have Sony's UniLink input
  • control iPod functions from you car radio
  • track and playlist information shows up your stereo's display
  • charges iPod while in use
  • compatible with Generation 3 and newer iPods
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
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iPod audio in w/ iPod control
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1 Year
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iPod Compatibility
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  • iPod interface with attached 37" iPod cable
  • 76" Sony UniLink bus cable
  • 76" Stereo RCA patch cord
  • Two 3/4" x 2-3/4" Adhesive backed hook and loop fasteners
  • Instructions
  • Warranty sheet

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Features

Overview: This adapter allows select iPods with a dock connector to be connected to and controlled by select Sony receivers. All the iPod buttons will be disabled when connected to this adapter and it will be controlled from the Sony receiver. With this interface, you'll be able to play your iPod music files through your Sony receiver and have all the titling information appear on the Sony's display. Using the optional XA-C40 (item number 158XAC40), this adapter and two other compatible Sony UniLink devices (satellite tuner, CD changer, etc) can be controlled by the same receiver.

iPod Compatibility: The Sony XA-110IP iPod control interface is "Made for iPod" compatible and support the following iPod model features (as of Nov. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Media Type  Control Display Charge
Audio Video Unit iPod Song/Artist Track
iPod w/ dock-connector (3rd gen.) Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPod w/ click-wheel or color-display (4th gen.) Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPod mini (1st/2nd gen.) Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPod video (5th gen.) Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPod classic (80/120/160 GB) Y N Y N Y Y Y
iPod nano 1st gen. Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd gen. Y N Y N Y Y Y
3rd gen. Y N Y N Y Y Y
4th gen. Y N Y N Y Y N
5th gen. N N N N N N N
iPod touch 1st gen. Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd gen. Y N Y N Y Y N
3rd gen. N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
3G N N N N N N N
3GS N N N N N N N

Note: The XA-110IP will not charge the iPod nano (4th generation) and the iPod touch (2nd generation) without the Scosche passPORT (142IFWA).

Receiver Compatibility: The XA-110IP is compatible with most UniLink controlling head units introduced in October 2005 and later (2006-up model year). It is not compatible with the any models introduced prior to October 2005.

Display: The XA-110IP will display the track name, track number, elapsed time, album name, and artist name, assuming all are stored on the iPod. The display will scroll up to 23 characters.

Controls: In addition to the standard play/pause, track skip (forward and backward), and search within a song (forward and backward), you can also:

  • Search: by album name, artist name, or playlist
  • Repeat: track, album, artist, or playlist
  • Shuffle: within album, artist, playlist, or all tracks
  • Scan: the first 10 seconds of each track

Connections: The XA-110IP has the following connections:

  • UniLink Output: located on the front of the adapter, connects directly to the Sony head unit using the supplied UniLink and RCA cable
    • Note: The Sony XA-110iP iPod adapter is not compatible with Sony's XT-100HD HD Radio Add-On Tuner UniLink input.
  • iPod Connection: located on the rear of the adapter, connects to the dock of the iPod, 37" cable is attached to the XA-110IP
 
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3 out of 5

Its ok

Written By Darren, Ohio on Sunday, July 19, 2009
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I just bout this on july 3rd 2009. Its ok - it is hard to find the song you want with your head unit. However, a quick tip, you can unplug your ipod at any time and find the stuff you want to listen to. Then plug it back in and it plays on your head unit. Unplug it before you shut your car off, then plug it back in after your car is on. It will play from where it was before (the beginning of the song though) unless its on shuffle - it forgets that it was on shuffle and just starts playing songs in order.

The sound is GREAT, however. MUCH better than plugging in to aux port. I would have given it 5 stars if it would have been powered while the car was off and resumed from the exact point in the song etc...
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4 out of 5

Good Product

Written By Alexis, Memphis, TN on Saturday, September 20, 2008
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I purchased this back in December of 2006, but I crushed the cable and bought a new one. The new one works much better than the old one (they are the same model). It does not always lose my place if I unplug my music and it is fewer clicks to get where I want to be.

Using these adaptors without being able to control the iPod is only worthwhile if you have playlists set up. I pretty much just use this interface to navigate to a playlist and shuffle the playlist. If I am intent on getting to a specific song, I disconnect, find it on my iPod and reconnect.
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3 out of 5

Adequate

Written By Kevin, Bellingham WA on Monday, August 18, 2008
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This item works! Installation was very easy and included all necessary components. It doesn't allow easy access to all of your songs if you have long playlists. If you keep your playlists short (20 songs or so) and you remember to unplug your I-pod before you turn your stereo off, all is great. If you don't disconnect it, it always goes back to your first song. This product works hands-down better than FM tranceivers. I wish I could better access playlists and songs while on the road. It does work, with kwirks. Overall, I am happy being able to use my I-pod while in my truck.
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5 out of 5

SONY

Written By weldon, POWHATAN VA on Wednesday, March 26, 2008
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MY DAUGHTER JUST LOVES THIS IPOD ADAPTER NOW SHE CAN PLAY HER IPOD THRU HER RADIO.
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3 out of 5

"Okay/Average" iPod adapter

Written By Steve, New Jersey on Saturday, February 16, 2008
 
Recently I got a new headunit which is the Sony CDX-G710 which is great headunit but I wanted to control my iPod through the headunit and also charge it. Instead of using an audio cable to connect my iPod into the front AUX port. So I brought this adapter and boy was I disappointed big time. The interface is extremely slow compared to other stereos out on the market right now. Browsing through 6500+ songs would probably take me 5 minutes because I am forced to go through every single album/artist/song and I have to hold down the button for it to do that. You cannot skip any letters so it goes through everything. The headunit does not play my iPod the way I set it as in I have a playlist playing then I connect it to the adapter and it then plays the album instead. So I am forced to go through all these settings on the headunit to make it play the playlist I was on.
So overall not that great of an adapter, it is slow and interface that is seems almost impossible to use. Should have not brought this and stuck with the AUX IN and seperate charger.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Just doesn't cut it, particularly if you have lots of songs on your iP

Written By NickBrewer, Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday, January 03, 2008
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I have this unit connected to a Sony XAVW1 which is a double-din DVD receiver with a 7" touchscreen display.

I have an 80GB iPod Classic with over 6000 songs loaded on it. It is virtually impossible to find and navigate through the songs on your iPod with this iPod controller.

The XA110iP does not make any use of the XAVW1's touchscreen display and trying to use this setup and drive at the same time is just asking for an accident. Totally useless.
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2 out of 5

UniLink Bus not ready for prime time

Written By Gregory, SF, CA on Friday, November 02, 2007
 
It will work alone, but the Sony Unilink system is not fully ready for prime time.

Here is my configuration:
Sony GT710 HU,
HD ST1100 Tuner,
120IP Ipod Adapter and 110IP Ipod Adapter,
SIRSNY Sat Tuner,
XAC40 Source Controller.

I wanted to have everything connected, Ipod, Sat, HD, but it will not work. The pass through bus system doesn't work well together with the Ipod adapters. The HD will work with the 120IP, but not the 110IP, the Sat will not work in combination with the ipod adapters PERIOD.
I had to buy the Source controller just to try every combination because the Sat won't work with the HD pass throughs. (getting my frustration yet?)

So here is the bottom line. You can use HD and the Sat tuners if you have the XAC40, but you cannot control an Ipod with the Sat tuner installed. You can use the ipod through the front panel Aux.

Sony needs to correct these problems and make it easy to hook up any combination.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This product is amazing

Written By Rick, Johnston City, IL on Friday, October 05, 2007
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I debated about buying this product after reading all of the mixed reviews that it received. I finally gave in and purchased it this week.

I have the Sony CDX-GT510 head unit. Hook up was easy, about 30 minutes. It works great and I am not having any problems. When I start the car it resumes where it left off. The most amazing thing, there is no lag time.

Now my Ipod is in my glove compartment and I have total control from my steering wheel. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Very poor controls for iPod

Written By Rich, Newbury Park, CA on Friday, August 24, 2007
 
Bought this to go with new Sony CDX-GT510 receiver in my 2002 Jeep Wrangler. I listen to several podcasts on my commute.
Hookup is easy--just plug it into the receiver and it works. Sound quality is great from my iPod Mini.
But...the controls are really poor. The click-wheel on the iPod itself is so quick to find and play songs/podcasts, but that is disabled when plugged in and using the Sony controls are VERY slow and cause taking your eyes off the road for long periods while trying to locate the playlist, artist, etc.
I understand by reading in the Crutchfield catalog that came with my order that external interface boxes like this have significant lag time for command/response. Wish I'd known that ahead of time. Some other manufacturers have internal interfaces which respond quicker.
So, if you want to control your iPod, buy a unit with internal interface, or use the AUX input.
Like others, I wanted this to work well. No dice. This is a return item.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Product Not a Great Interface

Written By David, Roswell GA on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
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The adapter works well. The sony stereo itself has a sort of awkward interface (hard to pick play lists, Albums...). That said if you need to hook up an Ipod it is still way better than an FM adapter...
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Not sure why others are having problems...

Written By Jamie, San Francisco, CA on Thursday, July 12, 2007
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I was a little leery about this product after reading the other reviews, but thought I'd try it as I really trust Sony to do the right thing.

I used this unit with the Sony CDX-GT510 head unit, so your mileage may vary.

Install was very easy in a 2004 Ford Expedition. There is a large cubby in the dash between the head unit and the glove compartment that fits the external box with room to spare. Plug in the two cables to the head unit, wrap up the extra cable, run the iPod cable to the glove box, and we were done.

My unit does not reset to the home location of the iPod when I turn on the car. I'm wondering if the people that were having problems may have not connected the constant on cable (the yellow one) on their head unit or if the GT510 just works better with this adapter. In fact, in our car, the adapter picks back up right where it left off in the middle of a song.

Not much else to say... it works very well with my video iPod, my wife's photo and my daughter's iPod mini.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Wish I'd read the reviews first

Written By Ellen, Alameda, CA on Monday, May 28, 2007
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I'm such a Sony fan I desperately wanted to like this iPod adapter. But I also listen to books on my iPod a lot, and you can just guess the frustration I went through when it always came up at the beginning of a 16 hour book every single time.

I came back to the Crutchfield web site hoping to find out that it was a dumb user interface error on my part as certainly it couldn't be this obtuse about always coming up at the beginning of the book. Well all I found was that I wasn't crazy as other people have been running into the same problem, and I'm using it with a brand new Sony CD player that I ordered at the same time, so it's not a very old unit at all.

Much as I don't want to, I'm going to return this product and hope for a better one to come along.
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3 out of 5

Good reviews here helped me with this...

Written By Patrick, Darmstadt, Germany on Saturday, April 21, 2007
 
I like the reviews posted about the adapter not going back to the last song played. Each time I powered down my car, the IPod would reset to the beginning. I'm going to try some of the ideas listed here, to see if I can get it to start up right where I left off.
It has been a pain when powering the car up each time that I had to click "Mode" to find the playlist I wanted and then search for the last song that was on.
This is something Sony needs to fix.

Other than that, I like the unit. Sound quality is great, navigation can be a bit tiresome, but it's ok.

I have this adapter in my 98 Toyota 4Runner. I have a 2006 BMW that has the BMW adapter for my IPod, and I get a great deal of feedback from the BMW model. It's like I can hear the little hard drive spinning in the speakers. The Sony is crytal clear, and I like that. The constant "little spinning of the hard drive" sound in the Beemer is really getting to me.

Thanks for the great reviews and the advise on how to keep the same playlist up. Cya!
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4 out of 5

Decent, but not perfect.

Written By Dr. Claw, Parts Unknown, OH on Saturday, March 10, 2007
 
I purchased this unit largely because I've had the all-Sony setup (Sony XR-CA350X cassette unit, which is supposedly incompatible according to Sony, and the CD-757MX) for 3 years and didn't want to change the entire system, or go with a solution (Harman-Kardon) that isn't completely concealed within the vehicle.

As designed, this is a decent iPod adapter; as others have said, the major drawbacks are the speed (or lack of) in navigation, and the fact that it

1) defaults to album search upon powering on of the radio, and

2) resets position every time the radio is powered off.

There are some ways around this, however.

If one is wishing to play a particular album that's way down in the list, manually start the song in the desired album, before powering on the headunit, connect the iPod after the headunit is powered and switch to the Portable Device source, to access the album more quickly.

However, if the music file is not tagged with an album, one can not use this trick; nor can one use the same technique with playlists.

One plus in light of its slow navigation is the fact that one can search albums, artists, or playlists in reverse (i.e. from Z-0 instead of 0-Z), which helps in reaching playlists, artists, or albums that are on the far end of the list more quickly.

For those with compatible (both official and unofficial) Sony headunits not wishing to change their entire system, this is the best way out. However, I'd recommend an iPod-compatible Alpine unit before this.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Product for only $50

Written By Jim, Ventura, CA on Friday, December 22, 2006
 
I have Ca710x head unit (bought it back in 2003) and i have always had a cd changer hooked up to it. For last year i have been using the CDX 757 MX 10 disc mp3 changer, and got sick of the extremely slow loading and haveing to re burn discs all the time. I have been using this XA 110 IP adapter with my 60 gig 5.5 gen video ipod for about a week now, and i am extremely happy with it. The sound quality is perfect. It might have a little lag to scrolling and a few other quirks but it's far superior to the mp3 changer that would take 2 minutes to load a disc everytime i would change it.
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3 out of 5

Quick Workaround for Resetting Problem

Written By Henry, Riverside, CA on Monday, December 18, 2006
 
OK...I'm pretty much in agreement with the rest of the reviews posted here. I was also becoming pretty frustrated with the fact that the iPod would reset to the first song on the first album every time I restarted my car. But after tooling around with the setup in my car I discovered that the problem is that the iPod adapter does not disconnect from the iPod when the radio is shut off. Once your radio is completely powered off (the clock is not displayed), disconnect the iPod and manually turn it off (or let it shut itself off). This works for me since I have my iPod in a very accessible place. Just reconnect your iPod before you start your car again, and music will continue from the song you left off of. Really, all Sony needs to figure out is how to have the iPod disconnect after the radio powers down.
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3 out of 5

Sony XA-110IP iPod® Interface Adapter

Written By Jeff, Houston, TX on Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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In concept, this is a great idea. I had this unit connected to the Sony CDX-GT510 head unit. Installation was straight forward and easy. Sound quality was good. However, as other reviewers have stated, navigating through the iPod is difficult at best. At times, the unit would not remember what it was playing when the ignition was turned off. Trying to navigate to an artist or album in the second half of the alphabet was difficult. I created playlists for my favorite artists to speed up my searches, but the unit locked up when I tried to play one. My advice is to look for a different option. I have ordered the Harman Kardon Drive+Play to replace this unit.
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1 out of 5

Sony Doesn't Know How to Do iPod Pt. 2

Written By Chris, Los Angeles CA on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
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Navigating is horrible. Trying to scroll or search in any of the modes is excruciatingly slow unless you have 10 songs or 10 playlist or 10 Artist. It takes you 3-5minutes to get where you are from an alphabetical listing. There's no way to skip to certain letters quickly. You don't get to see what Playlist or album you're scrolling too until you're past it. So you have to jump back, but gotta wait a few seconds for the current playlist to finally display its name and start playing before you can press the back button. When I first switch over to playlist mode, it has this weird stop and start behavior that happens each time before it plays normally. I put a number in front of my favorite playlists (I've got about 160 playlist and about 6000 songs) to move it up the list, but it's still too long. I can't believe this was designed for someone who owns an iPod. The iPod interface is the epitome of simplicity and functionality. I can't imagine an iPod owner putting up with the complexity. It's easier to connect the iPod to front AUX and control the iPod directly. But being the person I am of having no cables exposed in my car, iPod out of the way and safe while charging, this will not do. The display only holds a little bit of the text and scrolls the rest (you have to turn on the scroll feature on) and can be quite annoying. Now all this is still quite bearable. Here's what really breaks the deal. If you're playing a song, playlist, album, etc, and you stop the car (stop the engine) and restart, it will knock you back to the beginning in song-name mode and you'll have to search for what you were listening to all over again which can take you another 5 minutes.
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3 out of 5

It works, but.

Written By Mark, Oakland, CA on Sunday, August 13, 2006
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I like Sony products. (My younger brother once said that if Sony built cars, Id own one. I even own a Sony-built Apple PowerBook 100!)
But the XA-110IP shows why Sony mp3 players arent competitive. Sony just doesnt understand the category. Youd think, with all the all the time they had (ie all the time they were ignoring the iPod), theyd have designed a better interface. They do most other things well.
As others have said, the information displayed on the deck isnt as useful as it might be (especially the playlists).

When I first ordered it, I thought the XA-110IP would let me daisy chain the CD changer just like my XA-300 does. When I first ordered it I was under the impression that it would work with the Sony deck I bought just last year.
When I got it, I found out that I needed an XA-C40 (which wasnt available yet) to connect both the 110IP and my CD changer. The manual states that it wont work with older Sony decks.

I have the XA-C40 on order directly from Sony, but it still hasnt shipped (even though Sony claims to have it currently in stock).

It would be nice if the dock connection cable could be disconnected, it would be easier to install. And if it could be unplugged, it would be nice to have an optional right-angle connection at the dock end (cable running rearward instead of down). Using a dock-to-USB cable would be even better! (Then I could use whatever cable I chose.)

Eventually, Ill get all the pieces connected all at the same time, but until that happens its extremely frustrating.
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5 out of 5

A great buy

Written By Baseem, Denton, TX on Saturday, August 12, 2006
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I purchased this from Crutch (Ordered it Wednesday, arrived Saturday). As usual, I had great customer experience that Ive come to expect. Now for the product: Im using a (supposedly incomptaible 2004 model) CDX-F7700. I have no issues with this unit whatsoever. Its true that the user must browse using either the album, artist, or playlist - a minor issue at most. I did not experience any lag in scrolling. Clarity is perfect. The unit is not too bulky. All cabling included. Although this should have no effect, and despite the risk of sounding arrogant: Im not your average user - Ive been a retail car stereo installer for years. Ive heard them all, and installed them all (iPod adapters). This one works as well as any of the others. While Im at it: Sony is probably the best CD player out there in the affordable class. The rest of their gear (speakers, amps, subs) are not "best buys," but that doesnt tarnish the ability of the CD players. My guess to many of peoples troubles: using outdated equipment and perhaps a newer model iPod. I dont see why a Video iPod should not work, but that may be the case with some people (Im using a Gen 4, 20 Gig or a Gen 4, 4 Gig Mini). I havent experienced the EQ resetting issues, nor the iPod detection problems. The only things resembling this is that once the car is on (meaning the CD player), the head unit will not detect the iPod if you disconnect and reconnect it. You must powercycle (turn off/on) the CD player to make it detect. Im not sure how often someone is switching iPods while driving, but I dont personally think its much of an issue. Overall, I highly recommend it, along with all Sony Head units/accesories.
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5 out of 5

Ipod Adapter works great if you have a new Sony Headunit

Written By Greg, Manchester, New Jersey on Thursday, June 08, 2006
 
This ipod adapter works great if you have a 2006 model Sony Head unit. If you have an older model it will work but if your head unit has one line of text display your are only going to get one line of text. This is not Sony's fault the older head units were made way before the Ipod adapter was available. I have the Sony cassette player(Sony XR-CA350X) and I get decent control of my Ipod. Including text display and my playlists. Anyone who expects to scroll through 1000 songs on any head unit while they are driving 60MPH on the parkway needs to forget about their Ipod and watch the road. I have seen every ipod adapter for all the major name brands hooked up to every model for the last two years and the only models that give you full control are some new Jensen units and the Pioneer AVH5700. These are all units with in dash monitors. If you have a new 1 din Sony headunit you get Ipod control that is comparable to the best you would get with any other 1 Din head unit.
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3 out of 5

heaven in 1 unit!

Written By Vlad, Brooklyn NY on Wednesday, June 07, 2006
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Well getting to the point had this interface unit connected in my car for about a month; the install is a breeze. The sound is great but the interface usability is not all its cracked up to be.
The pros: Charges Ipod, Clean sound, Ipod control from head unit. Song shuffle feature, hot swappable (disconnect or connect while songs are playing.) sometimes if your listening to the Ipod while jogging and say jump in you car; providing that you paused the song when you finished the workout get in you car connect the Ipod and the interface will play from that point of which you paused the song. (Doesn't always work)
The cons: the Ipod song access is a pain like no other (use playlist to overcome this problem) in detail the songs are accessed by scrolling in one of three filters, Album, Song or Playlist. when you find the song you want and say turn off the car the Ipod goes back to its default setting filter album(filter) song 1(first song in Ipod), this is a major problem Sony needs to apply an update to correct this by means of an Ipod update of a cd in the head unit (rom update) . I m very disappointed. The next evil; the Ipod freezes from time to time and this is random, I connected a video Ipod to my car and it works maybe 8 out of 10 times. The new problem I have is no sound from speakers while everything seems to be ok. Last evil if you have a cd changer and satellite radio you have to buy a source selector ($100 made by Sony) to connect all the items to your head unit for a seamless control. In the end buy it IF you don't have any other options. I got mine simply because I had the Sony set up all the way around( head unit & cd changer) in the end Sony's made ther
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1 out of 5

Not Even Close

Written By Shawn C, San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, June 06, 2006
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After reading reviews on other brand Ipod controllers, it seemed like there was nothing around that worked well. Then I found an article about Sony's new Ipod controller and Sony boasted that they were the first and only manufacturer to work with the Ipod people to make the best Ipod controller. What a mistake. Once I got this thing installed, I thought "you've got to be kidding me." I've got about 7000 songs and 160 artists on my Ipod. To navigate, you first need to go into artist mode, then hold down the up or down button while it SLOWLY scrolls through your artists. So here I am trying to shift with my left hand with my knees steering the car so I don't let go of the button while it's scrolling. Here's the really bad part: once you get to the artist you want, ALL songs by that artist come through as track 01, 02, 03...it doesn't see the album names or song names as you're scrolling. So if I want a particular Beatles song, for example (I have 299 Beatles songs) it would just go track 01-299, SLOWLY one by one. Good luck EVER finding the song you want. And it gets even worse--to add insult to injury, once you finally get to where you want to be on your Ipod and then shut off the car, or even shut down the engine and restart it, the entire thing resets back to 'sort by song name' mode and back to song #1. This is so unbelievably frustrating. I returned all my Sony stuff and replaced it with Alpine with direct connect Ipod. What a difference--the Alpine is 1000x better than Sony. See my review over there. TRUST ME, get the new Alpine setup if Ipod in your car is important to you.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Product

Written By jbellamy, Shreveport, LA on Thursday, May 11, 2006
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I just purchased this product and installed it. Setup is simple, just make sure that your stereo has the Sony BUS link connector (I have a 2004 model Sony CDX-F7700 and it works fine.) IPOD is powered, controlled and battery recharged through this connector. All functions work just as described in the instructions. Sound is clear and crisp, and control of IPOD is almost instant.
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2 out of 5

It resets my EQ and sound settings every time

Written By kodack, Plano, TX on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
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I just finished installing the device for use with my Sony CDX7700 head unit (mp3 head unit high end)

I was using a 10 disc mp3cd changer and everything was working fine.

When I use the Ipod it wipes all of my sound presets everytime a source is changed or the ignition is turned off.

So every single time I start my car I have to turn DSO back on, change back to my EQ settings (it sets both to off), go into sound settings and turn my sub down.

It sets all of your pan, treble, bass, sub, eq, ds0 settings back to the defaults every single time.

It's driving me nuts and at this rate I will probably return it.

Other than that, the audio was loud and noise free and it did control the ipod and show track info. But the interface is a little on the slow side and sometimes it causes a song to skip when you first play it. The ipod doesn't do that when I listen to it alone.
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