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DICE MediaBridge for Toyota

Add iPod® control, Bluetooth®, satellite radio, and an auxiliary input to select 2003-up Toyota/Lexus/Scion vehicles

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Item #: 531MB1500T
 

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by Zak Billmeier

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.

Looking for a lot more from your factory stereo, but don't want to buy a whole new receiver? Or maybe it's not so easy to change the stereo in your newer car. Just install DICE Electronics' MediaBridge, and suddenly your boring factory stereo gives you iPod control, hands-free calling and music streaming, an auxiliary input, and a connection for a satellite radio tuner.

Browse your playlists with your factory radio
Just mount the compact hideaway box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the included 40" harness to your factory stereo. You can plug your iPod or iPhone® into the USB input on the MediaBridge, then browse your music library by album, artist, or playlist right from the radio or with your steering wheel audio controls. The direct connection to your stereo gives you superior sound, and your iPod will stay charged while you drive. You can also plug in a USB thumb drive loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files.

Bluetooth functionality and more
Pair up your compatible phone, and you can make and receive hands-free calls. You'll hear your caller over your speakers, letting you keep your hands on the wheel when an important call comes in. Once you experience this feature, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Add an optional SIRIUS tuner, and you can tap into the wealth of entertainment satellite radio provides. Last of all, a mini-jack input lets your friends plug in their MP3 players or dock-and-play satellite radios.

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

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Highlights:

  • add iPod control, an aux input, a USB input, Bluetooth, and a satellite radio connection to select 2003-up Toyota/Lexus/Scion factory radios
  • includes a 40" connection harness
  • works with steering wheel controls
  • works with SIRIUS car-only tuner
  • dimensions: 6-1/8"W x 1-3/8"H x 3-1/2"D
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • MEDiABRiDGE multimedia interface kit (for Toyota)
  • 40" Vehicle harness
  • 40" USB cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a male mini-USB type-B connector on other end)
  • 13' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
  • External Bluetooth microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a proprietary 2-pin connector)
  • Visor clip
  • Self-adhesive bracket
  • Mounting screw
  • Installation Guide/User Manual
  • "Attention Installers!" note

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Features

Overview: The DICE Electronics MediaBridge Multimedia Vehicle Interface Kit (MB 1500-Toyota) is an entertainment and information connectivity device which provides connectivity for Bluetooth hands-free & music streaming, USB digital connection for iPod & iPhone, direct connection for USB Flash based mass storage devices, and the aftermarket Sirius Satellite Radio tuner, as well as other portable Sirius Satellite radios to select 2003-2011 Toyota/Scion/Lexus vehicles. The DICE MediaBridge's audio circuitry is designed to meet or exceed the sound quality of any premium audio system.

Vehicle Compatibility: The DICE Electronic MediaBridge Multimedia Vehicle Interface Kit (MB 1500-Toyota) is compatible with select 2003-2011 Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles.

Make Model Year
Toyota 4-Runner 2003-2010
Camry 2005-2010
Celica 2003-2005
Corolla 2005-2010
Echo 2003-2005
FJ Cruiser 2006-2010
Highlander 2004-2010
Landcruiser 2004-2010
Matrix 2009-2010
MR2 2003-2005
Prius 2004-2010
RAV4 2003-2010
Sequoia 2003-2011
Sienna 2004-2011
Solara 2004-2009
Tacoma 2005-2010
Tundra 2003-2011
Venza 2009-2010
Yaris 2007-2010
Scion xA 2004-2011
xB 2004-2011
tC 2004-2010
Lexus IS250/300/350 2005-2009
ES300/330/350 2005-2009
GS300/350/430/400h 2006-2009
RX330/350/400h 2004-2009
LS430/450 2003-2009
LX470 2003-2009

Note: The factory radio must have TEXT button/option to be compatible. Please use the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify compatibility with your vehicle.

Song & Artist Display: The MediaBridge will display the song, artist, album, and playlist titles of your music on your vehicle's factory radio display so you know who and what song you are listening to. This also makes navigating through your songs a simple task, using only the controls on your radio.

Playback Control: With the MediaBridge all of the connectable devices can be controlled from your factory radio or vehicle's steering wheel controls. The DICE MediaBridge lets you use your vehicle's factory radio or steering wheel controls to navigate through your music from your connected devices. The MediaBridge will either emulate the factory radio's MP3, CD, or SAT controls (whichever applicable and based on dip switch settings).

Music Announcer Technology (MAT): The MediaBridge offers Music Announcer Technology (MAT) which announces song title and artist information over your vehicle's factory speakers, allowing for a safer driving experience.

Digital USB Audio: The DICE MediaBridge features a USB type-A port and comes with a 13' USB type-A extension cable to connect your portable flash-drive, MP3 player, or portable USB card reader for playback of music files. The MediaBridge supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC (M4A) music files formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The unit will support up to 8 levels per folder, 200 folders, and 1000 files per folder. You can browse folders and songs using the factory radio or steering wheel controls. Artist and song title information will be shown on your factory radio's display. The MediaBridge provides digital USB audio with level matched audio output to your vehicle's factory radio. This means that the MediaBridge will provide the best sounding connection possible for your USB connected portable devices.

Note: This unit does not support DRM encryption audio files. The unit's USB connector is not compatible with USB hard drives, USB hubs, computers or digital cameras.

iPod/iPhone Compatible: The DICE Electronics MediaBridge is "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone" compliant allowing a full featured iPod/iPhone experience over a USB connection in the vehicle. Your iPod or iPhone simply plugs into the MediaBridge's USB port using the Apple Dock Connector-to-USB cable that came with your iPod or iPhone. The MediaBridge offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your iPod or iPhone. The MediaBridge lets you browse your iPod/iPhone's music by song, playlist (unlimited), album, or artist. The artist and song title will be shown on your factory radio's display. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its own clickwheel or touchscreen. The MediaBridge supports the following iPod/iPhone functions (as of 9/25/2012).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Firmware/OS Version Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Radio iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock-connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
 video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
 classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
 nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5* 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

Note: Set the iPod/iPhone "Hold" feature to the On position to fully control the iPod/iPhone from your factory radio (your iPod/iPhone will be locked). Set the iPod/iPhone "Hold" feature to the Off position to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen (factory radio controls will be limited). Changing the hold switch on your iPod/iPhone to the On/Off position must be done prior to connecting the dock cable to the MediaBridge. Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod/iPhone if you download a newer software version to regain functionality. *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5 will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately).

Built-in Bluetooth: The DICE MediaBridge supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and audio streaming for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone and MP3 player.

  • Hands-Free Communication: The MediaBridge lets you use your vehicle's speakers and the included external microphone (with visor-clip) for an integrated hands-free cell phone experience. You can answer, terminate, or reject an incoming call from your factory radio. To make an outgoing call, you must still dial from your cell-phone like you would normally.
  • Audio Streaming: The MediaBridge lets you stream music from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or MP3 player to your vehicle's factory audio system. You can also control music playback functions of your Bluetooth enabled device.

Note: Your Bluetooth enabled device must first be paired with the MediaBridge prior to hands-free operation. This unit may not work with all Bluetooth devices.

Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The DICE Electronics MediaBridge supports Sirius Satellite Radio through either the SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1, sold separately) or SiriusConnect Vehicle Dock (607SCVDOC1, sold separately).

  • SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner: By adding the SiriusConnect SC-C1 Vehicle Tuner you are able to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio through your vehicle's factory system. The SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner allows audio playback, control, and information display from your factory radio.
  • SiriusConnect Vehicle Kit: The SiriusConnect SCVDOC1 Vehicle Docking Kit turns your Sirius Dock & Play or Portable radio into a dedicated tuner, allowing your to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio from your vehicle's factory audio system. The SiriusConnect Vehicle Kit allows your Sirius Dock & Play or Sirius Portable radios with universal docking capability to be connected to and controlled by your factory radio.

Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS. SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.

Auxiliary Input: The MediaBridge features a minijack (3.5mm) port to connect any portable music player which features an audio output or headphone output.

Dip Switches: The DICE MediaBridge (MB 1500) features two dip switches to configure the module for your compatible Toyota, Scion, or Lexus vehicle.

Vehicle Harness: The included vehicle harness connects to the small connector on back of your Toyota, Scion, or Lexus factory radio. If a factory harness is present, disconnect it from the factory radio and plug the MediaBridge's vehicle harness in its place. Then plug your vehicle's factory harness into the cable receptacle on the MediaBridge's vehicle harness.

Installation Note: DICE Electronics recommends that the module be installed in an easily accessible place (not placed behind the factory radio). This allows for easier connection and disconnection of your external audio devices, as well as future firmware upgrades.

Firmware Updates: There is a mini-USB type-B port on one side of the MediaBridge module to connect to your computer for firmware updates. Please check with www.diceelectronics.com for the latest firmware upgrades before installing this unit.

 
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5 out of 5

Great Product and excellent package

Written By Yi, CA on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Crutchfield includes a free detailed mastersheet for my vehicle, and saves me hours of time for install this product. Mediabridge is very cool product, easy to use, lot of mode (USB, AUX, Bluetooth, SAT connection), and for anyone has a Bluetooth smartphone, use the BT mode and all you need: listen music, pickup incoming call, phone voice navigation (e.g. iphone ios6.0), and what the best part is all of those functions can be controlled by buttons on my driving-wheel. And also I can use "Scan" button to invoke Siri! that rocks!
Pros:
easy to use, lots of functions, up-gradable firmware,BT hands-free and music,
Cons:
There is no Stop (pause) button to pause a playing music, I have to stop it directly from my phone or turned off the audio.
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4 out of 5

Great add on to stock radio!

Written By DJB, Murrieta, CA on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Although a bit complicated to operate, once you understand the nuances; it is an awesome upgrade to a stock radio withou SIRIUS\XM tuner, AUX input, USB input, & Bluetooth.
Pros:
Adds all capabilities of new radios.
Cons:
Complicated to operate.
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2 out of 5

DICE MediaBridge in Toyota RAV4

Written By John E, Placerville, CA on Friday, July 01, 2011
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The idea of a device that provides for a wide variety of connections (e.g., phone, Sirius receiver, iPod, etc.) including BlueTooth has great appeal. I only wish that it did so with greater success. Installation was straight forward with Crutchfield's excellent guidance, but performance suffers. Navigation of the iPod using the head unit buttons is confusing, inconsistent and frustrating. The unit arrived needing a firmware update but there is no provision for doing so with an iMac. Given the popularity of Apple products, this is a serious oversight. I can hear occasional static and what I think is ignition noise from both the satellite receiver and the iPod. A trouble ticket to DICE has, so far, gone unanswered. DICE documentation is thin and of minimal help.
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3 out of 5

Decent, but not worth the price

Written By Daniel J, Gardena, CA on Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Picked this up as a Valentine's gift for the lady, mainly for the Bluetooth so she could have hands-free while driving. A much-desired secondary function was the iPod control, which would replace a previous aftermarket adapter which didn't leave us terribly impressed. I was hoping this upgrade would be an end-all solution for our hands-free and iPod.

The install was fairly simple after breezing through the firmware update. Once everything was in place I gave everything a try, and it worked well. Pairing a phone with Bluetooth was a snap, and performed beautifully. The auxiliary port had no problems, and I did like the built-in EQ settings. However, not all was perfect.

My biggest gripe with the MediaBridge is how unintuitive it is with managing your iPod. It's very laggy when getting track/playlist/artist info, so scrolling through your library in any mode is painfully slow. Also, I still have yet to figure out how to find what music I'm looking for using this interface. You can choose between Playlist/Song/Artist/Album modes, but they don't operate the way they do on the iPod. So unless you happen to stumble upon whatever you wanted to hear, you're going to spend a lot of time needlessly fumbling with the controls -- not something you want to do behind the wheel.

I wanted to be happy with this unit, I really did. And I probably would have if it had been cheaper, not this much. For that price, I feel it should handle iPods much better than this.
8 out of 11 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

2005 Toyota Avalon w/JBL Synthesis & Navigation

Written By DL, Pa on Saturday, November 20, 2010
 
Dice tech support assured me that this would work in a 2005 Avalon with JBL Synthesis stereo and navigation, and would integrate seamlessly with the factory steering wheel controls/navigation display and it does exactly that. The install in this vehicle took 30 minutes using the supplied factory harness plug-in. Controls are simple to use and the quality of USB playback and Bluetooth handsfree are both excellent. In my opinion, it would be nice to have the factory navigation michrophone used for the hands-free function. Dice stated that this is being looked at for future models.

Update 01/2012: Unit became erratic after a few weeks and Dice exchanged twice with the same results. Bear in mind this was a non-standard install that neither Dice nor Crutchfield was certain would work. In the end, Dice fully refunded the cost after 6 months of working with me on this which is highly commendable.
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