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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Connect a new stereo and retain the steering wheel audio controls and factory amps in select 2006-up Ford, GM, Chrysler, and VW vehicles

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  • iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

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  • iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

    Kenwood cable (sold separately)

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by Jon Paulette
iDatalink's Maestro RR module

iDatalink's Maestro RR module

iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MRR module allows you to install a new car stereo in select late-model Ford, GM, Chrysler, or Volkswagen vehicles while retaining your factory steering wheel audio controls and the use of your factory amplifier, if present.

Here's how it works

First, you connect the Maestro to your Windows-based computer (not compatible with Mac) using the included USB cable, visit www.idatalink.com/maestro, and follow the instructions. Once the unit has been "flashed," it's ready to go. Next, you'll either solder or crimp the vehicle-specific Maestro harness  (sold separately) to your new receiver's wiring, just like you would with any Crutchfield wiring harness or wiring adapter.

Important Note: You will also need an additional Maestro vehicle-specific wiring harness that connects your new receiver to the ADS-MRR module and your vehicle's wiring. We will automatically add this harness to your Cart at a discounted price when you purchase a new car stereo and this ADS-MRR module.

Retain steering wheel audio controls, too

The ADS-MRR module also allows you to use your factory steering wheel audio controls with your new receiver. Using the intuitive web programming interface, each factory button can be assigned a specific radio function. Better yet, you can also assign a secondary "press and hold" radio function to each factory button, effectively doubling what can be controlled.

Keeping your factory features with an iDatalink-ready car stereo

If you're buying a compatible Kenwood, Pioneer, or Alpine receiver, you'll enjoy the outstanding performance of your receiver, plus seamless touchscreen control over most of the factory features in select GM, Ford, Chrysler, or Volkswagen vehicles (see Details for specific functions and installation notes).

  • Ford: You'll keep your SYNC® system, including the factory Bluetooth, satellite radio (in select vehicles, see Details), steering wheel audio controls, and other great features.
  • GM: You'll retain the use of OnStar® system, along with your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, and safety warning chimes.
  • Chrysler: You'll retain the use of the Uconnect® system (including voice command), along with your steering wheel audio controls and factory amp.
  • Volkswagen: You'll retain your VW's Bluetooth, the factory digital amplifier and fader, plus VW's media device interface. Select Kenwood receivers allow you to display navigation info on your VW's multi-function screen.
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Highlights:

  • allows installation of a new car stereo in select 2006-up Ford, Chrysler, GM, and VW vehicles
  • works with required vehicle-specific harness (sold separately) to retain factory steering wheel audio controls, retain the factory amp if present, and integrate all car stereo connections
  • retains info gauges, satellite radio (in select vehicles), and Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) in select vehicles when used with select Kenwood and Alpine navigation receivers
  • dimensions: 4-1/8"W x 3/4"H x 2-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so, then check here for a list of parts. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

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What's in the box?

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  • Radio replacement interface module
  • 23" Eighteen-pin harness with bare wires on other end
  • 23" Three-pin harness with bare wires on other end
  • 23" Four-pin harness with bare wires on other end
  • 23" Ten-pin harness with bare tin wires on other end (black connector)
  • 23" Ten-pin harness with bare tin wires on other end (green connector)
  • 23" Four-pin harness with a male 3.5mm connector/bare wire on other end
  • 7" mini-USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable
  • Cable with 4-pin plug (for Kenwood)
  • Cable with 3.5mm miniplug (for Kenwood)

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Features

Web-Programmable Radio Replacement Solution: The iDatalink Maestro RR (ADS-MRR) is part of a web-programmable solution that allows you to replace the factory radio in many 2006-up Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, and Volkswagen vehicles. Retained features will vary by vehicle and aftermarket head unit.

  • Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Installation: When installed in a compatible Ford/Lincoln/Mercury vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01 installation harness (794HRNSRF1, sold separately). The module must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed with one of these firmware updates from the iDatalink website - SR-FOR01-DS2 (for 2013-up Kenwood DNX/DNN aftermarket receivers, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009, or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers); SR-FOR01-DS (for 2012 Kenwood DNX radios/DDX271/DDX370 receiver); or SR-FOR01-AS (for non-serial connected aftermarket head units),
  • GM Installation: When installed in a compatible GM vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05 installation harness (794HRNGMS5, sold separately). The module must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed with one of these firmware updates from the iDatalink website -  SR-GMS05-DS firmware (for 2013-up Kenwood DNX/DNN series receivers, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009, or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers); or SR-GMS05-AS (for non-serial connected aftermarket head units).
  • Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Installation: When installed in a compatible Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01 or ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR02 installation harness (both sold separately). The module must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed with one of these firmware updates from the iDatalink website - SR-CHR01-DS firmware (for 2013-up Kenwood DNX/DNN series receivers, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009, or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers); or SR-CHR01-AS (for non-serial connected aftermarket head units).
  • Volkswagen Installation: When installed in a compatible Volkswagen vehicle, the iDatalink Maestro RR requires the use of the iDatalink Maestro HRN-RR-VW1 installation harness (sold separately). The module must also be connected to your Windows PC and flashed with one of these firmware updates from the iDatalink website - ADS-RR(SR)-VWS01-DS firmware (for 2013-up Kenwood DNX/DNN series receivers, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009, or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers); or ADS-RR(SR)-VWS01-AS (for non-serial connected aftermarket head units).
Notes: Connecting the module and harnesses together requires hard-wiring numerous wires by soldering or using Posi-Twist connectors.

Flashing the Module: The supplied USB cable plugs into your PC and allows you to "flash" the Maestro RR with the appropriate firmware to prepare it for installation. Just visit iDatalink's Weblink site, and follow the instructions. System Requirements for Weblink 6.0 include:

  • Windows 2000 (SP4), XP (SP2), Vista, and 7
  • Administrative rights on your PC
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater (excluding 64-bit version)
  • Available USB port
Note: iDatalink Maestro RR is not compatible with a Mac.

Vehicle Compatibility Chart: The iDatalink Maestro RR is compatible with the following 2006-up Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, and Volkswagen vehicles (as of 7/31/2014):

Make Model Year Vehicle Specific Cable
Ford E-Series Van (base & navigation model) 2008-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Edge (base & navigation model) 2007-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Escape (base & navigation model) 2008-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Expedition (base & navigation model) 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Explorer (base & navigation model) 2006-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
F-150 (base & navigation model) 2009-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
F-Series Super Duty (base & navigation model) 2008-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Flex (base & navigation model) 2009-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Focus (base model) 2008-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Fusion (base & navigation model) 2006-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Mustang Base & Navigation models 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Base models only 2010-2014 ADS-KIT-MUS1
Taurus (base & navigation model) 2008-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Taurus SHO (base & navigation model) 2010-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Taurus X (base model) 2008-2009 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Lincoln Mark LT (Navigation) 2010-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
MKS (base & navigation model) 2009-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
MKT (base model) 2010-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
MKX (base & navigation model) 2007-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
MKZ (base & navigation model) 2008-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Navigator (base & navigation model) 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Zephyr (base model) 2006 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Mercury Mariner (base model) 2008-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Milan (base model) 2006-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Mountaineer (base model) 2006-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Sable (base model) 2008-2009 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Buick Enclave 2008-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Lucerne 2006-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Cadillac DTS 2006-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Escalade (except 2013 w/ NAV) 2007-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Chevrolet Avalanche (except 2013 w/ NAV) 2007-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Equinox 2007-2009 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Express 2008-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Impala 2006-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Monte Carlo 2006-2007 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Silverado (except 2013 w/ NAV) 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Suburban (except 2013 w/ NAV) 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Tahoe (except 2013 w/ NAV) 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Traverse 2009-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
GMC Acacia 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Savanna 2008-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Sierra (except 2013 w/ NAV) 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Yukon/XL (except 2013 w/ NAV) 2007-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Hummer H2 2008-2009 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Saturn Outlook 2007-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-GMS05
Chrysler 200 (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2011-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
300 All radios 2005-2007 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2008-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Aspen (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2008-2009 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
PT Cruiser 2006-2010 HRN-RR-CH2
Sebring (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2007-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Town & Country (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2008-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Dodge Avenger (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2008-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Caliber All radios 2007-2008 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2009-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Challenger (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2008-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Charger All radios 2006-2007 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2008-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Dakota All radios 2005-2007 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2008-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Durango All radios 2004-2007 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2008-2009, 2011-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Grand Caravan (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2009-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Journey (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2009-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Magnum All radios 2005-2007 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2009 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Nitro (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2007-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Ram 1500/2500/3500 All radios 2006-2009 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2010-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
C/V (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2010-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Jeep Commander (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2008-2010 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Compass (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2009-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Grand Cherokee All radios 2005-2007 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2008-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Liberty (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2008-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Patriot All radios 2007-2008 HRN-RR-CH2
RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio 2009-2014 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Wrangler (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2007-2013 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Mazda Tribute (base model) 2007-2011 ADS-HRN(SR)-FOR01
Mitsubishi Raider (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2008-2009 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Volkswagen Beetle 2012-2014 HRN-RR-VW1
CC 2009-2014 HRN-RR-VW1
Eos 2012-2014 HRN-RR-VW1
Golf 2010-2014 HRN-RR-VW1
Golf R 2012-2013 HRN-RR-VW1
GTI 2010-2014 HRN-RR-VW1
Jetta 2011-2014 HRN-RR-VW1
Passat 2010-2014 HRN-RR-VW1
Routan (RBZ/REN/RER/RES/REQ/REU/RHB/RHR-type radio) 2009-2012 ADS-HRN(SR)-CHR01
Note: Click here for the latest compatible vehicles. Please consult Crutchfield's Outfit My Car to see if your specific vehicle is compatible and what additional accessories will be needed.

Aftermarket Radio Compatibility: The iDatalink Maestro RR (ADS-MRR) is compatible with a wide variety of aftermarket radios. Features will vary by vehicle and type of head unit.

  • Head Units w/ iDataLink Serial Port: The iDatalink Maestro RR (ADS-MRR) is fully compatible with select Kenwood (2012-up DNX/DNN/DDX-series), Alpine (INE-W957HD/X008/X009), and 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series head units which feature an iDataLink serial port. These radios allow you to retain Ford Sync, GM Satellite Radio/Digital Fader, and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect factory features. Compatible Kenwood and Alpine head units also add Extra features, such as selectable gauges and vehicle information.
  • Non-Serial Port Radios: The ADS-MRR is also compatible with non-serial port radios from Kenwood, Advent, Alpine, Axxera (Dual), Blaupunkt, Boyo, Clarion, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Pioneer, and Sony.
Note: The Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers will require a firmware update (coming soon) in order to retain Ford Sync, GM OnStar, and Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect (coming soon).

Ford SYNC Retention: When installing a compatible Kenwood 2012-up DNX-series navigation head unit, 2013-up DNN-series Kenwood network head unit, DDX271/DDX370 DVD receiver, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009, or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers, the iDatalink Maestro RR retains the Ford/Lincoln/Mercury vehicle's factory SYNC features; such as Bluetooth hands-free & audio streaming, USB media player, and satellite radio. Satellite Radio can only be retained, if your vehicle has an external tuner; not built into the factory radio.

Note: For interfacing the Maestro RR with a Kenwood 2012 DNX-series navigation head unit or DDX271/DDX370 receiver, you'll want to add the iDatalink Maestro ADS-HRN(SX)-ALL01 cable (794HRNSXA1, sold separately); a brand specific adapter harness that simplifies the wiring.

GM Factory Feature Retention: When installing a compatible Kenwood 2013-up DNX/DNN-series head unit, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009, or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers, the iDatalink Maestro RR retains the factory Satellite Radio tuner, plus the factory digital amplifier and fader. Satellite Radio can only be retained, if your vehicle has an external tuner; not built into the factory radio. When installing any compatible aftermarket radio, the iDatalink Maestro RR retains the GM vehicle's factory OnStar, RAP, and Bluetooth (Phone & Audio) features. All factory warning chimes are also retained and output from the left front speaker.

Note: If you are installing an aftermarket amp, you will need a separate speaker (such as the 33370003S, sold separately) to hardwire to the GM harness in order to retain warning chimes and OnStar audio.

Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep U-Connect Retention: When installing a compatible Kenwood 2013-up DNX/DNN-series head unit, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009, or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers, the iDatalink Maestro RR will retain select factory U-Connect features in compatible Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles. Retained factory U-Connect features include Satellite Radio, Voice Command, and Media Library Browsing. U-Connect is only retained in vehicles with a REQ, REU, RBZ, RHB, or RES (w/ phone) factory radio.

Note: U-Connect is not retained in vehicles with an RER, RHR, REN, or RES (w/o phone) factory radio.

Volkswagen Retained Features: When installing a compatible Kenwood 2013-up DNX/DNN-series head unit, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009, or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series receivers, the iDatalink Maestro RR retains the factory Bluetooth, the factory digital amplifier and fader, plus the factory media device interface. Using a Kenwood 2014-up DNX/DNN series head unit, select navigation information from the aftermarket radio can be displayed on the vehicle's factory mulit-function sceen.

Navigation Outputs: The ADS-MRR provides a VSS (vehicle speed sense), Foot Brake, Parking Brake, and a Reverse Light output to make installing practically any aftermarket navigation radio simpler and less time consuming in select Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, and Volkswagen vehicles.

Steering Wheel Controls:  The iDatalink Maestro RR also lets you retain your Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, and Volkswagen vehicle's OEM steering wheel controls when replacing the factory radio with an aftermarket stereo that offers a SWC input. In addition to retaininig the original steering wheel functions, you can assign secondary press & hold features to the buttons of your choice. There is only one wire that will have to be spliced when installing this interface in your compatible Ford/Lincoln/Mercury vehicle. However, if the vehicle was equipped with factory navigation, there will be no extra SWC wires to connect in the vehicle. You will not have to splice any wires to get SWC functionality in a compatible GM, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, or Volkswagen vehicle.

Amp Turn-On Lead: The ADS-MRR provides an amp turn-on lead to turn on any factory amps when installing virtually any aftermarket head unit. Both balance & fade control are retained in many vehicles. However if your vehicle is equipped with a digital amplifier system, adjust the fader to your preferred front/rear setting before the factory radio is removed. Neither the aftermarket radio nor the Maestro RR interface has the ability to adjust the factory amplifier's fader, unless you are installing a 2013-up DNN/DNX-series, Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009 or 2014-up Pioneer AVIC-NEX series head units with the correct firmware.

Extra Features: When installing a compatible Kenwood 2013-up DNX/DNN-series receiver or Alpine INE-W957HD/X008/X009  head unit, the iDatalink Maestro RR offers extra features such as User Selectable Gauges, Vehicle Info (Tire Pressure/Battery Voltage/Check Engine Codes/Door Ajar Warning), and Visual Park Assist for select Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, GM, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, and Volkswagen vehicles.

 

 

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4 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Armando, Florida on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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This product makes your stereo even better by integrating with your factory vehicle.
Pros:
integrating with your factory vehicle.
Cons:
must be flashed, not that big of a deal but would be great if they came already programmed for a specific vehicle. Could save a little time if they were.
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4 out of 5

Almost Perfect!

Written By Titus, Myrtle Beach on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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This unit integrated my Pioneer 4000nex into my 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8 almost perfectly. I did loose fade capabilities, because the factory amplifier only accepts inputs from the rear speakers. I also have to switch the rear with the front speaker wires in the harness to be able to hear phone calls. I wish the Maestro could compensate for this. However I was able to retain my advanced EVIC display which I am thrilled about!
Pros:
Makes installation easy! Retains most functions.
Cons:
Lost Fade capabilities. (firmware update?) Need to switch wires to function properly (for phone calls) Loose radio station info on EVIC display.
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5 out of 5

Sick adapter

Written By hd_dh, Las Vegas, NV on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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Easy install to my kenwood. Takes my receiver over the top with its gauges and AC control. I would highly recommend it
Pros:
easy to flash, easy to install
Cons:
none
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3 out of 5

Not As Advertised!

Written By SamA, El Paso, TX on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
 
It took me some time before I purchased this product. Maybe that is why I only rated it 3 stars. Advertised: purchase this product to "retain steering wheel controls and factory amp" This is not accurate at all. I should have listened to some of the lower rated reviews, but you always think some people are just upset. I had this professionally installed by a certified Kenwood Dealer along with a Kenwood 691HD head unit. The steering wheel controls do work but have been altered to do different things other than what the factory settings were. The turn signals and hazards have been altered to some annoying clank and the timing is completely off. So, basically my personal opinion: is that if I knew I would have to listen to the generic fake chimes that this unit is producing, and the controls this activates on the steering wheel, I would have never bought this thing and lost the controls and chimes. Shame on Crutchfield for what I believe is making this unit seem better that what it is and not being forth coming with the information that it is basically a toss up on the interaction at feature when properly installed.
Pros:
Your head unit works.
Cons:
Not as advertised!
Crutchfield response on Monday, August 18, 2014
It's too bad the ADS-MRR didn't work out for you. For other people in this situation, the button assignments can be re-programmed to suit your needs. The installer could've "re-flashed" the device to change those settings for you. There's not much to be done about the sound of the chimes and turn signals, but repositioning the chime speaker might've helped decrease the delay. What's more, since you have an iDatalink compatible Kenwood receiver, in the stereo's Setup menu, you can adjust the door chime volume directly. This also might help alleviate the delay.
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By Ken, Iowa on Monday, August 04, 2014
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Use this unit in our 2014 GMC Savana Van. It was the only one that assured we retained all of our door chimes and lighs on warning signals.
Pros:
Plug and play
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Must have!

Written By Greg, Near PGH, PA on Thursday, July 24, 2014
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If you have any kind of factory hands free/steering wheel controls, you absolutely MUST get one of these. The ease of integration and programming, plus the added features and of course retaining the factory controls and SYNC in my case, is invaluable.
Pros:
Easy to install and use! Excellent customer support from the MFG!
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR

Written By Lbubba, N. California on Saturday, July 19, 2014
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This adapter works great and the customer support is awesome. I installed this in a 2006 Ram and still having problems with it not tuning my factory amp on every time. But, this thing will integrate your factory bells and whistles very nicely. It is highly customizable and seems to be very stable even in the N. Ca summer heat.
Pros:
Easy to set up Customizable
Cons:
Have to remove to re-flash Have to have a windows machine to flash
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2 out of 5

Nice, but not as advertised

Written By Daniel, Mobile, AL on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
 
The device has numerous options with the programmable interface, but does not have any additional features over the competition in my 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Several desirable features do not work from the device despite complete, correct connections as per the instructions and correct harness (sold seperate)
Pros:
Easily customizable buttons
Cons:
Does not correctly translate illumination wire, radio stays fully bright all the time Does not detect reverse, had to go around the device to the reverse light switch. Does not translate speed pulse, making problems with A/V and GPS Navigation. Does not pass Track or GPS information back to the Chrysler Uconnect EVIC display, an OEM function.
Crutchfield response on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Unfortunately, the last issue mentioned (sending track or GPS information back to the Uconnect display) can't be fixed. According to our Techs, that's not something that can be done once you install almost any aftermarket stereo. Our Tech Support team has reached out to the customer to see they can help solve some of the other problems. Remember, lifetime Tech Support comes free with any Crutchfield purchase.
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5 out of 5

Maestro

Written By Rob, Alabama on Monday, July 07, 2014
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I installed this on a 2011 Silverado and everything worked except the Truck Bluetooth. I'm very happy with this purchase. I did not have to cut any wires on my truck.
Pros:
Didn't have to splice any wires on my truck. Programming the unit for my truck was very easy......
Cons:
Factory Bluetooth didn't work and I didn't like the factory sirius interface with the Kenwood. The station or title didn't show up on the screen. The only information was the channel number. I installed an aftermarket satellite tuner and it worked much better.
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5 out of 5

Everything Works!

Written By Dave M., Aurora, CO on Monday, July 07, 2014
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Easy install for all those wires.
Pros:
All my vehicles buttons still work
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By hoefs13, St. Paul, MN on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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Allowed me to continue to use my steering wheel controls. Down the road if I upgrade head units I'd like to see it's other capabilites.
Pros:
Fairly easy to install. Allowed me to retain current functions
Cons:
None so far.
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4 out of 5

Just like factory

Written By BillC, Harrisburg, PA on Monday, June 30, 2014
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The idatalink Maestro worked as advertised. I had to do a little soldering and what not but no problems. Installed it and it worked. The only thing that was an inconvenience was the lack of Apple support. But luckily the neighbor came through and let me use his (PC) laptop to do the programming. Other than that, I had no problems and would recommend this product.
Pros:
Simple to program. Adapter is fairly small and easy to tuck out of the way.
Cons:
Must have a PC to program. And a little labor intensive, not a plug and play device.
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4 out of 5

Lots of functions for such a little box

Written By Todd, TX on Monday, June 30, 2014
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Great product for plug and play and allows my to view a lot of the gauges for my Silverado and see ce codes when thrown. The current model that I have does have a few annoying factors with one of the ways it gets hooked up. Whenever the blinker clicks it cuts out the front left speaker which is annoying. I found out how to turn off the alarm but other alarms from car like low gas or seatbelt also cuts off the speaker.
Pros:
Can see lots of gauges from truck, very programmable.
Cons:
Sound cut off is very annoying however this model is now discontinued so the replacement may have fixed that.
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4 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written By Bob, Brunswick, ohio on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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worked great in the beginning has some issue with excessive heat I need to relocate
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3 out of 5

Neat but not ready for prime time

Written By 762x51, Greensboro, NC on Monday, June 16, 2014
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I bought this to integrate a Kenwood DNX691DX into my 2010 GMC Sierra XFE and while it did integrate most of the functions, missing were some of the chimes (door open for example) and reasonable integration for the OEM XM receiver. If you select the XM receiver from the main menu then you will get a message to check the receiver. You have to go to the first sub menu, select "My Sierra", then XM radio from that screen to get the XM radio to work. Very distracting while driving!! Another quirk is the chimes that do work... If you adjust the chime volume so it doesn't blast you out of the car then you cannot hear the turn signal reminder.
Pros:
Makes connecting a radio to your car/truck somewhat easy and it will pass some of the vehicle's data to the radio.
Cons:
Finding documentation and connection (maestro - radio - vehicle) data is difficult. iDataLink's WEB site isn't easy to navigate but with patience you will eventually find the info you need to install their device.
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5 out of 5

Nissan Integration iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR

Written By Rey, Toms River NJ on Thursday, May 29, 2014
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This is a great product. I was able to integrate the Maestro Rr with my new Kenwood DNX891 head unit and keep my Steering controls. I am able to view gages and ODBII Engine diagnostics on the Kenwood until. I was able to easily link the Kenwood until the factory Bose amplifiers / Speakers
Pros:
Easy instructions for connections based on vehicle type. The firmware flashing process for vehicle was easy to follow. Nice having the ability to view vehicle info on my head until Read/Reset Check Engine Codes. I can view dash gauges. My steering wheels controls work great and can be reprogramed to accommodate different functionality.
Cons:
I had to call Crutchfield connection points for reverse and parking brake as they were not provided in the harness. The Crutch filed web site said the Maestro Rr was not compatible with my 2011 Nissan Maxima even though it's fully supported by ADS Idatalink.
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1 out of 5

5 DAY INSTALL

Written By CHRISTIAN, CA on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
 
I'm on day 5 and the unit still does not work. I installed the Maestro RR with the suggested GM harness, a Pioneer AVIC-6000NEX, in a 2007 Chevy Avalanche. After the initial install, the steering wheel controls worked, but I could not get my dash lights to turn off, even when the vehicle was off. The speaker output was almost nonexistent and the amp turn on was blowing fuses. After several hours of going over the wiring, and in fear of blowing up my amp and head unit, I put the install on hold. I called IDATA in the morning and the tech told me that the pink and white wire was seated incorrectly on their harness. I removed the wire and put it into the correct pin placement. The tech also told me to remove the "blockers "(an inline series of caps) from the speaker wire. These steps seemed to do the trick. However, after about 5 minutes the volume began to increase and decrease all on its own. I had to turn the volume down manually. Then the steering wheel controls ceased to work at all. I called tech support again and they told me that I needed to solder a 47 ohm resister on the red wire of the control plug. I performed that task. The volume still has a mind of its own and the steering wheel controls do not respond. I'm not certain what they will suggest next. I'm incredibly frustrated. IDATA seems to desire to place blame on Pioneer. I have three letters for you, if you are planning a Pioneer head unit install with the Maestro, PAC.
Crutchfield response on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
The customer decided to return the ADS-MRR after going way above and beyond in troubleshooting the situation. Normally, the MRR does not require this kind of headache. We're reviewing this application and will document things accordingly so the next Avalanche owner knows what to expect.
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4 out of 5

MEstro

Written By Duncan, Saint Martinville, la on Saturday, May 24, 2014
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Works great, better than expected!
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4 out of 5

Good Product

Written By Jeremy C, Tullos, LA on Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Great product. Installation was a pain but keep your cool and you'll get through it. Glad I got it from Crutchfield, because they have awesome tech support. The product does exactly what it says. Make sure you buy the maestro wiring harness for your vehicle (sold separately).
Pros:
CRUTCHFIELD TECH SUPPORT! Lol. Kept my steering wheel controls. And got to program what each button does.
Cons:
Installation sux. You have to have internet explorer. A lot of wires and a box you have to stuff in your dash.
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2 out of 5

Is this the best you can do?

Written By Mo, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 10, 2014
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Seems to work great. Here's my problem. I'm an enlightened Mac user. It's all I use. I pay extra because their products work. I have a several years old iMac. Works like a boss. I have three iBooks. Awesome. iPods, iPhones... All of my friends are enlightened Mac users. I get this thing in the mail and it not only requires a PC to flash software for my application, IT REQUIRES INTERNET EXPLORER! Ok, maybe you use PC's, you're forgiven. Do you honestly have the latest version of internet Explorer? You will, if you buy this product. I was not happy when I had to start calling people asking if anyone would mind me using their PC's so that I could install my new sound system.
Pros:
It works fine.
Cons:
It only works with PC and Windows Explorer 7 or higher. Plus you have to install a third party software to flash the thing.
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3 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR

Written By Trent, WTH, IN on Friday, May 09, 2014
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It worked after I called and got another one sent. Flashing the module on my 08 GMC required me to turn off turn signal click in order for it to not shut off all the speakers on the left side of my truck when the turn signal was on. If you have a GM and use this good luck.
Pros:
Kept my steering wheel controls
Cons:
Poor information regarding the flashing process.
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5 out of 5

Maestro 2014 GMC

Written By Montgomery, Texas on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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This product allows you so many functions. I was able to display gauges and other info on my Kenwood.
Pros:
- The gauge function. - Double up on steering controls - Great price - I was able to use factory XM
Cons:
- you should have a pro install it. There are a lot of setup tricks.
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4 out of 5

Works

Written By David, Albany NY on Friday, May 02, 2014
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Seems to work well. Downloading the new file on it was simple and easy. As far as wiring goes it's definitely recommend that you buy the wiring harness for this you because it's a sea of wires if you dont.
Pros:
Keeps my steering wheel controls and factory subwoofer
Cons:
Recommended wiring harness definitely makes things a lot easier
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5 out of 5

Naestro works perfectly

Written By B Pepper, Athens Alabama on Friday, May 02, 2014
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I'm usually hesitant to give a 5 star rating but this device worked perfectly and was easy to install. I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler and everything worked flawlessly.
Pros:
Easily adapts to your vehicle by connecting it to your computer and then going to the iDatalink website, selecting your vehicle, steering wheel type and stereo. Just click the flash button and your Maestro is programmed.
Cons:
The iDatalink website programming function only works with PC's, not Macs.
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5 out of 5

Maestro RR

Written By Danaxgab, Warsaw,ky on Thursday, May 01, 2014
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One of the best products
Pros:
It has everything
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

great product

Written By Rob, Raleigh, Nc on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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Great product
Pros:
Easy to install
Cons:
Need to hook up to computer before install
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5 out of 5

Needed to call Crutchfield for it to work properly.

Written By ng2T2, SoCal on Saturday, April 05, 2014
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Installed on a 09 Challenger with Pioneer AppRadio 3. I picked this unit over the PAC because I was told It would work with Uconnect. It doesn't. Still a good quality unit that was able to keep steering wheel controls. I like that you program it on the web and can change the funtions of the steering wheel controls to your liking.

If you have my setup, you will need a modified steering wheel control cable that Crutchfield can provide. Only thing is you have to call customer support. They were great, but I wish they would have told me this before I spent time troubleshooting thinking it was something wrong on my installation.
Pros:
Programable steering wheel controls that can be changed to the users liking via the website.
Cons:
Uconnect will not work (although I was told it would) with late model Challenger/Mopar and AppRadio 3. Needed modified steering wheel control cable (for my setup) that should have been included with original purchase.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By JMD1388, Marion, IL on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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This thing made steering wheel integration a breeze. Paired with the iDatalink Connec harness, it was almost a complete plug-n-play installation.
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5 out of 5

Flawless operation

Written By Kirk, Ocean Springs, MS on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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I wanted to retain Sync and SWC's in my 2013 Mustang and this looked like a good option. The installation is a breeze with the optional manufacturer specific harness. Soldering the stereo harness in took longer than anything else, but was no problem. Flashing the module is easy to do and allows you to assign two functions to each button which is nice.
Pros:
Easy to install and program, retains all factory functions
Cons:
None I can think of!
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3 out of 5

Needs better directions

Written By Anonymous, Clarksville, TN on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Needs a direction make over
Pros:
It works
Cons:
The directions that it comes with aren't very helpful had to go online to find good ones.
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5 out of 5

Sync Integration is awesome!

Written By Matt, Michigan on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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If it wasn't for this unit, I wouldn't have an aftermarket head unit in my F150! The unit is very easy to set up and install using the T-harness sold for Fords. Only about 10 connection to make to the head unit and everything else is plug and play. Programming is a snap (but you must use Internet Explorer.) In use it just works. About the only thing bad I can say is that there's a bit of a delay when pressing the voice button. An ADS rep offered that since I'm just using it for phone, press and hold the voice button for fast access to the phone menus.
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4 out of 5

Easy-ish. Nothing is as easy as it seems

Written By Joey B, Maryland on Sunday, March 02, 2014
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Upon reviewing procedures for installing my stereo, I was pretty optimistic regarding the ease at which this would install. Dash came apart easily and almost everything plugged in. For my chrysler product, the adapter had an extra harness but, must be extra... or so I thought at first. Secondly, I had to go in and solder up all the wires (it sounds plug and play when you order it, but plugging to an aftermarket stereo, have to solder the stereo harness to the Idatalink pigtail. Now I'm ready to go. Everything should be plug and play at this point. WRONG. Turns out, the software in the iDatalink actually controls the routing of the audio, so, bad program equals no sound. Of course, I programmed it and it said it took, so I thought I was missing a connection or did something wrong. It was a saturday, so no customer support available, so I kept plugging away, checking every little thing. Turns out, programming didn't go right. After struggling to get the thing flashed, it worked. I don't know what happened the first 39 times, but the 40th time with the same settings, I plugged it in and boom... audio. My fader is still all messed up. Fade to the back and it goes away. But all the speakers and subwoofer are working. When watching a movie, the quadraphonic sound fades the proper direction when a helicopter flies overhead on screen, but I can't fade it to test each speaker. Other than programming on a bad website, it was worth it to get the functionality.
Pros:
Easy plug and play once you get the website to work properly.
Cons:
Not so easy to get and more so CONFIRM that it's actually programmed right. An issue when you have an untested stereo. Which is broken? Soldering or butt connecting required. You might expect that to be the case, but I figured, I told them what stereo and what car... they would give me a harness. Naive maybe, but I don't install new stereos for a living. If it will run with a USB cord, possible to leave a USB connected run to the glove box to change settings without disassembling.
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5 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Factory Integration Adapter

Written By Maestro ADS MRR, Oviedo, Fl on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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The maestro was easy to program and install. You don't need to be a electrical engineer to follow the diagram and hook it up. The feature I wanted was an interface with the SYNC system in my Ford F150. This device hits it out of the park.
Pros:
Easy to program Easy to install Directions are easy to follow
Cons:
Interface is slower than I expected
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5 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written By SteveG, Edgewater,FL on Thursday, February 13, 2014
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Great Product
Pros:
Easy to Install
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro

Written By Casey, Utah on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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Took many phone calls to figure out the instructions and still cant use the factory Sirius.
Pros:
Works
Cons:
Instructions capability button delay cost Doesn't retain factory Sirius
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1 out of 5

2012 Chevy silverado

Written By Facundo, Carlsbad NM on Monday, January 27, 2014
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Never got it to work
Cons:
Never got it to get a green light only the red light would blink and I did what the instructions said also on the computer I couldn't program it it would say that I needed the latest program but I would download it and it still wouldn't work
Crutchfield response on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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5 out of 5

Adapting

Written By RMA, WA on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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Lack of directions from manufacturer disappointing. Customer from Crutchfield surpasses all expectations. You need to set up a (free) account on Maestro's site and plug this into a USB drive to "flash" it to your vehicle's specs. IE must be used, not firefox. Then their website will walk you through programing what each button on your steering wheel will do. An excellent opportunity to customize to your own uses! Comes with all wires (which I did not need having purchased Datalinks FOR01 adapter-and worried me when I had so many excess pieces).
Pros:
Ability to customize steering wheel controls. Superior Crutchfield customer service. Seriously, they would stay on the phone for hours if you needed them!
Cons:
Confusing (to me) at first, but made perfect sense when I figured it out.
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5 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written By Anonymous, Florida on Monday, January 06, 2014
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Great product, made installation easier and full support for steering wheel controls and Bluetooth.
Pros:
Made connections very easy.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Works great

Written By dling, New Hampshire on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Just finished the install and works great! It's nice to be able to retain the use of the steering wheel audio controls. I did have to call the tech support line as something on my browser was not configured correctly. I spoke with Mike on the tech line and he quickly walked me through and had me up and running in less than 5 min. The online process was easy to navigate as it walks you through you vehicle type and such. The wire diagram was clear and easy to read. I would have liked to see a small "How to get started" card maybe in the box. Be sure to download the plug-in first and register on the site. Website is on the back of the box. Also be sure to order the harness that is sold separately. Do not be confused by all the wire harnesses that come in the box, you will not need them, as the harness sold separately replaces them. Harness colors matched wire-for-wire to the harness for the Pioneer deck I installed.
Pros:
Ability to retain factory steering wheel audio controls.
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2 out of 5

An ok adapter

Written By Brandon, Baton Rouge LA on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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It's only OK. The cons negate the pros on this one. The ability to configure your unit online and customize it is nice but the online instructions are terrible at explaining what the functions do or mean so you have to guess. Then after installing you realize it's something you want different and have to uninstall it from the car to flash it again online (hope you didn't put the dash all back together yet).
Pros:
Customizing is nice
Cons:
Lack of description of features while customizing is frustrating. Lack of online troubleshooting for after hours or nights is also frustrating. I also now have a static pop in my front driver speaker when door chimes or turning signals try to make noise
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5 out of 5

Works perfectly

Written By JC, Brunswick, GA on Saturday, November 16, 2013
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This adaptor was very intimidating at first. I also had to use the iDatalink Connect ADS-HRN(SR)-G for my 08 Chev Avalanche. I downloaded the connection guide that iDatalink Maestro indicated I needed for my vehicle. I hooked it up according to the sheet and got NOTHING! Didn't do anything. I was a little more than aggravated at this point. So,,,, I called the tech number to iDatalink and spoke with one of their technicians who told me that the radio that I chose was not compatible with the iDatalink Maestro system. I was almost irate at that point because this was the system Crutchfield told me I needed to keep my full steering wheel audio controls to include OnStar. I contact "Jenny" my sales advisor and kind of explained what happened and she suggested I call the Crutchfield tech support. I did and spoke with (I believe his name was) Charles. He walked me through the hookup process. The problem wasn't with the system, it was with the downloaded connections sheet I got from iDatalink. It was outdated. Charles walked me through the now simple hook up and now it works perfectly. Can't say enough about the Crutchfield staff.
Pros:
Allows me to keep all the steering wheel audio function plus OnStar.
Cons:
Make sure you have the updated connection sheet. Call Crutchfield if you have any problems...
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1 out of 5

buyer beware...

Written By Al, Peekskill, NY on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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My efforts to program the Maestro were stopped dead in my tracks when I went to their web site and found that I would not be able to flash the unit without a MS Windows computer. Since this type of road block seems so last decade, I called the support and asked if this was indeed the case. The tech support replied with "Oh you drank the apple kool aid". I found this dismissive and offensive. Then he said "well I guess you will have to get professional installation". In an effort to make this work, I was anxious to get my stereo installed, I actually went to best buy and asked a salesman there to help me with a new laptop. He tried for about an hour to get the unit to flash using a brand new computer. Even with a windows computer, this was a dead end.

I returned the unit and bought a similar product from PAC. The interface I got from them worked GREAT and the support was sensational. They walked me through the entire process and were both friendly and respectful. If you want a recommendation... check out their products. If you are a kool aid drinker like me... MAESTRO is NOT FOR YOU>
Pros:
it never worked, so I can not give you a pro.
Cons:
the entire review is a con.
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5 out of 5

Amazing Product for Ford Mustang

Written By Zach G, Lenexa, KS on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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I installed this product along with a Kenwood DNS890HD and the MUS1 dash kit in my Mustang and it works flawlessly. The unit it easily programmed and customized allowing for factory integration of steering wheel functions.

This also allows for the Kenwood unit to display gauges from ODBII data. Anything data the car knows of the unit can display. Also, this allows for the cars climate control to be displayed on the Kenwood for a cleaner dash. There is no longer a wall of buttons in my Mustang, which I very much prefer.

If you have a Mustang this, plus the MUS1 dash kit and a Kenwood head unit are a must!
Pros:
Flawless integration with steering wheel and ODBII data
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

I data link adapter

Written By Philip S, Bowling green kentucky on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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Great adapter
Pros:
Everything else works
Cons:
Door chimes doesn't work
Crutchfield response on Monday, October 28, 2013
We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
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4 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written By WillH, Seguin, Tx. on Thursday, October 24, 2013
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I really like being able to use all the factory controls on my steering wheel. I have a hands free set up so that really helps to use the factory phone controls. The only thing that made the installation a little tricky was the instructions on the unit from i-data link could have been a little clearer. After talking to i-data link had no problems hooking up.
Pros:
Works just like factory radio
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Idatalink

Written By R. Noble, Key West, FL on Thursday, October 17, 2013
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This system was an easy install, had to splice a few wires, and program the box. If you do not flash the module it will not work. I tried to skip this step just to make sure power was flowing but it will now do anything. It is great how you can set up your steering wheel controls how you want them or set them up to do what they currently do. Did not come with install instructions, so you have to go online to find them. Most of it is simply color match though.
Pros:
Works as advertised.
Cons:
No directions
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5 out of 5

2011 F150 Radio Upgrade

Written By Glen, South Eastern Mass on Monday, September 30, 2013
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Again I gave this 5 stars based on my Review Title as this was purchased with a touchscreen radio. The unit was easy to program to match the vehicle the instructions were easy to follow.
Pros:
Mindless configuration and wiring setup - save a lot of time plug and play after the vehicle configuration is done. Integrated very well with the Ford Can Bus retained Ford Sync and steering wheel controls.
Cons:
Could have a few more Can Bus features such as vehicle volume speed control unless I missed a setting in the radio. Illumination control from the dash dimmer.
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5 out of 5

Great product!

Written By Tommy, Winnabow NC on Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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Installed this in my 2010 Ford F150 along with the Kenwood DDX790 headunit and Idatalink harness. It looked a little intimidating at first but after reviewing the instructions it was a breeze. All the funtions I wanted worked perfectly. Highly recommended for any install.
Pros:
Loved it!
Cons:
None.
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2 out of 5

NOT So Workable

Written By Curt J., Dacula, GA on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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I ordered this item based upon the representative's advice -saying it would show air pressure, etc on my 2008 Mustang GT convertible that I was installing new speakers, wires, amps and a Kenwood Receiver. When I called back for help on installing this harness/device with all its wires, etc., another rep advised it I would not get much from it. So I used the $20 harness I got from a big box store. This harness/device seems useless to me, and since i opened it, I guess I cannot return it.
Pros:
Suppose to be a neat device
Cons:
Doesn't seem to work on my 2008 Ford Mustang as advised.
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5 out of 5

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module

Written By Anonymous, LAs Vegas NV on Monday, August 05, 2013
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A little tough to install but if you follow the directions exactly the install goes just fine. The product works just as stated.
Pros:
the only product I have found to intragrate the factory options to the Kenwood radio
Cons:
A little tough to install
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1 out of 5

disappointed

Written By CalN, Bloomington, MN on Sunday, July 28, 2013
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Had a very frustrating time with this. Was unable to get to to operate my steering wheel controls so called Crutchfield Tech support and talked to five different tech's and the last two said it was hooked up correctly and that I had done a good job. Well it is still not working and I am very disappointed for having spent this much for something that doesn't function. This experience has been so untypical of my past experiences with Crutchfield.
Cons:
Unable to get it to work!
Crutchfield response on Monday, July 29, 2013
This item has been returned for a full refund.
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5 out of 5

Don't install without this

Written By MikeS, Elmira, NY on Friday, July 26, 2013
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If you are installing a radio in a newer car with CAN and steering wheel controls, you need this. This device, coupled with the correct wiring harness (sold separately) will allow seamless integration of steering wheel controls to an aftermarket radio. Use Internet Explorer to program the steering wheel buttons. Note: Firefox is not compatible.
Pros:
Makes the install job much easier
Cons:
Not really a "con", just a watchout; must purchase the correct adapter harness.
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3 out of 5

Maestro Adapter

Written By Dave, Cameron Park, CA on Thursday, July 11, 2013
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I put this in a 2011 Ford F-150 with a Pioneer AVH-P8400BH. I got everything hooked up per the instructions, and the steering wheel controls wouldn't work. Called Crutchfield Tech support, and was told to buy a 47ohm resistor at Radio Shack, and wire it in. After that, it works fine.

When you flash the unit, you can't use a firefox browser, had to switch back to Internet Explorer, and download a plug-in.

The instructions are hard to read, and could be better written, and bigger.
Pros:
Worked after several tries
Cons:
Instructions
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5 out of 5

I datalink & sync perfect match

Written By Greg M, Phoenix az on Sunday, July 07, 2013
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This unit makes installing the correct kenwood stereo to a Ford Sync system super easy and flawless. The adaptability of it to go from on model to another is superb
Pros:
The tech support team at idatalink is the best I have ever talked to
Cons:
None at all
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5 out of 5

Kenwood iDatalink Maestro

Written By Donovan, San Diego on Monday, July 01, 2013
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Works as advertised. I love the multiple function on the steering wheel. Made the install much easier. If you have Ford Sync and want a Kenwood Stereo it is the only way to go.
Pros:
Able to retain Sync, Made the install easy,
Cons:
I would like it to intergrade with the factory MIC instead of using the Kenwood MIC
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4 out of 5

Works but be careful that you don't get sucked into all the cool featu

Written By Rk, Utah on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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I ordered this to retain steering wheel control with a Sony head unit & aftermarket amps but when I logged onto the web site to flash it. It promised a lot of features that were not available to my HU. It then said that it would not work with my head unit at all. Well I got it working but the unit was overkill for my installation and Crutchfield should have sent me the SW instead of the RR. If I ever get an upgraded Kenwood them maybe all the rest of the groovy features will be available.
Pros:
works with the steering wheel, programmable buttons
Cons:
IF you are not installing a Kenwood Navigation receiver then it doesn't do much.
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4 out of 5

Works great in 2011 Mustang.

Written By Anthony, Phoenix,AZ on Monday, April 29, 2013
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The unit itself is amazing. Given that I'm more proficient with computers than cars, flashing the module online was really easy. That being Said, I was sad to find out that I'd be losing SiriusXM connectivity. for Ford vehicles, it really Should be more clear on Crutchfield which vehicles can and can't keep SiriusXM functionality. I connected this with Kenwood DNX9990HD, but didn't connect to Sync.
Pros:
steering wheel controls work flawlessly, programming harness is a breeze if you know how to use computers, potential to keep Sync/OEM features , seamless integration/connectivity with Kenwood head units.
Cons:
for Kenwood users, if you have a model older than 2013, high likelihood that you lose Sirius as this uses the 1 serial port on the head unit.
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4 out of 5

Works Great

Written By ddevito, Washington State on Monday, April 22, 2013
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Works great but just a bit tricky to 'flash online' if you are not paying attention you can get off on the wrong page. Also the wiring diagram could be a bet better.
Pros:
Works great on my 08 F-250. All the SW controls seem to work fine and the Radio functions perfact
Cons:
Set up and instruction (diagrams) could be a bit easier
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5 out of 5

2012 f350 works great

Written By Anonymous, st louis. mo on Thursday, March 14, 2013
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Works great , easy to install
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5 out of 5

Great Customer Support

Written By 2010FordTaurus, Idaho on Wednesday, March 06, 2013
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I had a few issues with the install, but the customer support at both Crutchfield and iDatalink were a great help. The guy at iDatalink (Zack) even helped me during non-business hours since I could only work on it on the weekend. Once I got it installed it worked great and is a great product!
Pros:
Great customer support and great options.
Cons:
Didn't have the correct steering wheel configuration for my car, but iDatalink helped me through it.
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5 out of 5

Works flawlessly

Written By Eric, Orlando on Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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The mess of wiring in the included harness (came free with my purchase) can be concerning, but read the instructions, flash your module, and you'll be fine.
Pros:
Controls my Kenwood DDX419 no problem
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3 out of 5

OK

Written By Ray, Ocala, FL on Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Annoying because it doesn't come with any instructions, and the app online is super slow and just a pain to use sometimes. Could be easier and better.
Pros:
It works
Cons:
Hard to program, annoying
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5 out of 5

Awesome product

Written By KennyB, Summerville, SC on Friday, February 15, 2013
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Like the title says, every feature worked as advertised, flashing the module was easy. Installed in my 2012 Ford f150 , all connections were easy, with the 2012's, all connections are made on wiring harnesses, nothing inside the dash. I datalink support is awesome, email and get back to you quickly if you have questions. This product is a game changer allows to keep sync with Kenwood HU.

Pros:
Everything
Cons:
Nothing
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5 out of 5

Top best interface for ford sync

Written By Khalid., Doha on Friday, February 08, 2013
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I'm vary happy with it its best and top class for my ford expedition 09 it's retrain full sync system
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4 out of 5

Works great

Written By Chris, Valdez, AK on Monday, January 28, 2013
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Does what it says. Easy to install and the online setup via USB makes programming simple. Does not retain Sync for any HU other than Kenwood though sadly.
Pros:
Easy install and programming
Cons:
No Sync interface for anything but Kenwood.
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4 out of 5

Install in Taurus 2012 SEL

Written By RossM, Keller TX on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
 
I installed this with an Alpine 138BT and the wiring harness that you need to put it all together. It was very easy to install and works great I have my steering wheel controls and nothing has been messed up with the internal car's computer which can be a concern sometimes. The hardest part was activating the maestro since you need a PC and might have to update your internet explorer and add a plug-in something or another. Once 'flashed" as they call it the install of the maestro was extremely easy and is woking like a charm.
Pros:
Works well and easy install.
Cons:
A bit pricey but can possibly get 50% off with a headunit purchase but if you get the Scosche dash kit you will get the 50% off on that instead of the maestro. Plus you can only activate the maestro on a PC not on a mac.
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4 questions already asked Show all answers

I've got a 2007 silverado new body style. Want to know if this is all I'll need to put an aftermarket deck in my truck or will I need another cable to go along with it. I'm the description it says need specific cable sold seperatly? [ Justin  Jun 07, 2014 ]
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  • For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Staff  Jun 08, 2014 ]
What's the difference between maestro rr and maestro sw? [ Eric  May 18, 2014 ]
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  • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Staff  May 18, 2014 ]
I have a 2007 Dodge Charger with Boston Acoustics (6 Speakers) and running into a problem where I have no audio. I followed the instructions to the "T". Is there something else I need to do? [ Patrick  Apr 07, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 07, 2014 ]
I have a 2011 gmc Yukon if I use this kit it says I will retain all my chimes and stuff but my question is will this kit give me the truck information like tire pressures and gauge displays on it? [ acervan  Jan 26, 2014 ]
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  • yes [ DAVID   Jan 27, 2014 ]
  • I used this unit when hooking up a Kenwood in dash unit with navigation in my 2012 ford pickup. It works great I was able to keep all my steering wheel controls as well as voice activation. As far as your guestion about the gauges I do believe it will work that way but I was under the impression that I would have to cut into the factory wiring harness so I chose not to [ MIKE   Jan 26, 2014 ]
  • it should, it does on my f150, you have to use kenwood receiver tho. [ WILLIAM   Jan 26, 2014 ]
  • I have a 2011 Ford and my kenwood does display the truck information including tire pressures. It even told me that one of my tire sensors was bad and displayed which tire the bad sensor was on. Very nice. Good luck with your choice. [ DANE   Jan 26, 2014 ]
  • If your car gives you a digital readout of the tire pressures you will be able to see that info. All of my gauges work through the system. [ ERIC   Jan 26, 2014 ]
  • I installed my kit in a 2010 ford f250 with sync and retained all the factory things. I really cant say yes or no to yours because its a different make, but according to idatalink its suppose to [ LOUIS   Jan 26, 2014 ]

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