The SoundGate PDCBLPAK Core iPod adapter package lets you use most third-generation and newer iPods with your factory or aftermarket stereo. The package includes the compact SoundGate Core module with integrated iPod dock connector, audio/video RCA and stereo minijack cables, plus a 12-volt power adapter and a permanent power harness.

You simply install your iPod in the Core module's dock to provide charging and enable control. The module features a minijack out connection, as well as an input for SoundGate's optional REMCORE remote control. You can either hard-wire the module to your car's power supply or connect the 12-volt adapter to a cigarette lighter port.

Use the included audio/video RCA cable to run music and video from the Core module to a stereo with RCA audio/video inputs, or hook up the minijack cable to your stereo's auxiliary input for an audio connection. SoundGate's optional REMCORE remote gives you fingertip control over your media library while your iPod stays stored safely away.

The SoundGate module works with most iPod models featuring a dock connector. Please see "Details" for a list of compatible iPod and iPhone™ models.

Product Highlights:

  • enables connection of most third-generation and newer iPod models to car stereos with auxiliary inputs
  • Core adapter module with dock connector, minijack stereo cable, and minijack-to-RCA cable with composite video and stereo audio RCA connections
  • power/ground harness and 12-volt car power adapter
  • transfers audio and video signal (where applicable) to head unit or other A/V source
  • works with optional REMCORE remote control
  • Core module dimensions: 4-1/2"W x 3/4"H x 2"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • iPod adapter module with attached 36" iPod dock cable
  • Cigarette lighter adapter plug with attached 12" cord
  • Power/ground harness
  • 28" Stereo minijack cable
  • 28" AV cable with an AV minijack connector on one end and a composite video and stereo RCA connector on other end
  • Installation instructions

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Features

Overview: The SoundGate PDCBLPAK Core System Package for iPod lets you connect select Apple iPods directly to your factory or aftermarket radio and provides audio/video output from compatible iPods. The SoundGate Core interface module supplies power, charges your iPod and allows for remote control of all iPod functions via the REMCORE remote (available separately). The SoundGate PDCBLPAK utilizes sophisticated microprocessor control, ultra-reliable surface-mount construction, and advanced software design to flawlessly integrate with aftermarket and factory vehicle audio/video systems. The included cables allow for connection to any factory or aftermarket source unit with RCA or 1/8" audio inputs, and a composite video input.

iPod Compatibility: The SoundGate PDCBLPAK features an iPod dock connector to connect your iPod and is compatible with the following iPod models for audio/video playback, remote control, and charging.

  • iPod click-wheel (3rd generation) *audio only
  • iPod color/photo (4th generation)
  • iPod mini (1st/2nd generation) *audio only
  • iPod video (5th generation)
  • iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation) *1st/2nd generation iPod nano is audio only
  • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
  • iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)
  • iPhone/iPhone3G

Audio/Video Connections: The SoundGate Core System Package for iPod features a 3.5mm AV output and comes supplied with a 3.5 minijack to composite video/stereo RCA audio AV cable for audio/video connection, or a 3.5mm stereo audio cable for audio only connection to your factory or aftermarket headunit.

Wired Remote Control: Your connected iPod's functions can be controlled via the optional SoundGate REMCORE wired remote (available separately). The REMCORE's simple, intuitive controls provide an easy and safe way to navigate through your iPod's music library in your vehicle. The optional wired remote connects to the 3.5mm remote control output on the PDCBLPAK interface module. Alternatively, you may use select wire remotes that are compatible with Sony wired remote capable headunits. The remotes include the MRC2, RC1B, RM-X2S, RM-X4S, RM-X11M, and SONO1REM. If your vehicle is equipped with a Sony headunit that features steering wheel controls (while allows control over the radio via the vehicle's steering wheel controls), you may also connect the male end of the 3.5mm cable from the steering wheel interface into the remote port on the SoundGate Core.

Note: The SoundGate PDCBLPAK does not allow playback controls from your connected aftermarket or factory headunit. Without the optional REMCORE wired remote or compatible Sony wired remote, you will still use the iPod's click-wheel or touchscreen to control your iPod.

Power Supply: The SoundGate PDCBLPAK must be supplied +12V switched, +12V constant, and ground using the supplied power harness; or plugged into your cigarette lighter adapter or 12-volt port using the supplied cigarette lighter adapter plug.  The PDCBLPAK will charge your iPod when connected once the ignition is turned on using the power harness, or anytime using the 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter.

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Doesn't work with newer iPods (2010 at least)

Written By miketosh, New Jersey on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This product, while ingenious in design, doesn't work with the newest iPods. I can't fault Kicker for either of those, but I do blame Apple for it.

Works Great! Only 1 cable needed for power and output!

Written By Daniel, Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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I bought this product based upon the recommendation of Justin in Sales. I explained to him that I wanted to hardwire my iPod for constant power and I didn't want to attach an additional cable to the aux hole/headphone jack on the top of my ipod to make it work. Justin sold me the "open box" product and my installer hooked it up in about a half hour. He attached the 3 wires to the cars electrical system (ground, ignition, and constant). The unit comes with various RCA and minijack cables which are quite long. Simply connect one end to the car stereo and the other end to the special interface box. This unit does not work over FM radio frequencies so your sound will be crystal clear. 5 Stars from me because this does exactly what I wanted it to do and it installed easily and perfectly.