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iDatalink Maestro AR Amplifier Replacement Module

Allows seamless replacement of the factory amp in select premium sound systems

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The Maestro AR module allows you to replace your vehicle's factory amplifier without losing your safety and...

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About the iDatalink Maestro AR Amplifier Replacement Module

For the best sound, replace the factory amp

It's an increasingly common problem. You can't replace your vehicle's premium factory radio, but the premium factory amplifier isn't powerful enough for you. Furthermore, the factory amp gets digital information from the vehicle's databus and replacing the amp would mean you'd lose all audio control, like volume and balance, as well as other features like steering wheel controls, audible navigation alerts, warning chimes, and Bluetooth® connection. iDatalink's solution, their Maestro AR module, combines with a vehicle-specific T-harness (sold separately) to supply a clean audio signal plus digital control data to an iDatalink-ready amplifier (like Kenwood's Excelon XR600-6DSP) so you can give your music the premium impact it was missing.

For the best sound, replace the factory amp

It's an increasingly common problem. You can't replace your vehicle's premium factory radio, but the premium factory amplifier isn't powerful enough for you. Furthermore, the factory amp gets digital information from the vehicle's databus and replacing the amp would mean you'd lose all audio control, like volume and balance, as well as other features like steering wheel controls, audible navigation alerts, warning chimes, and Bluetooth® connection. iDatalink's solution, their Maestro AR module, combines with a vehicle-specific T-harness (sold separately) to supply a clean audio signal plus digital control data to an iDatalink-ready amplifier (like Kenwood's Excelon XR600-6DSP) so you can give your music the premium impact it was missing.

How does it work?

The T-harness plugs into your factory amp's input wiring, linking the radio to the Maestro module and the amplifier. Your factory radio continues to work just as it always has, but you now have much more power and tone processing ability. It was a common practice, when adding an amplifier or processor to a premium system, to sum the different amplified signals together (tweeter, midrange, woofer), attenuate them down to line level, process them while removing amp noise, and then re-amplify them for the speakers. iDatalink's AR module eliminates all those steps, resulting in a much cleaner output. You get vastly improved sound quality and the ability to upgrade your speakers and subs, while you retain your vehicle's stock radio and all of its functions. Sounds like a win/win to me.

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  • Factory amplifier replacement interface module
  • 18" Harness
  • 7" microUSB-to-USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide

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Factory Amplifier Replacement Interface: The Maestro AR (ADS-MAR) from iDatalink is a factory amplifier replacement interface module for select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Ford vehicles. It enables the seamless integration of Kenwood's XR600-6DSP amplifier (sold separately) while retaining the vehicle's factory radio.

  • Proprietary 4-Pin Cable (Included): The included proprietary 4-pin harness connects the iDatalink Maestro AR module to the Kenwood XR600-6DSP amplifier. The harness sends the volume, fader, and balance commands from the factory radio through the Maestro AR to the amplifier.
  • Vehicle Specific harness (Sold Separately): A vehicle specific T-harness (HRN-AR-CH2, HRN-AR-CH3, HRN-AR-CH4, HRN-AR-FO2, HRN-AR-F03, HRN-AR-TO1, HRN-AR-TO2, HRN-AR-TO3; sold separately) will also be required. The vehicle specific T-harness plugs between the vehicle's factory wiring, the Maestro AR module, and the Kenwood XR600-6DSP amp. The harness carries the audio and data signals from the factory radio through the Maestro AR, to the amplifier.

Note: The Maestro AR (ADS-MAR) from iDatalink must be used with the Kenwood's XR600-6DSP amplifier in conjunction with a vehicle specific T-harness (sold separately). It is not currently compatible with any other amplifier.

Flashing Module via Weblink Desktop: The Maestro AR (ADS-MAR) will need to be loaded with correct firmware before installation. The included USB cable plugs into your Windows PC and allows you to "flash" the Maestro AR with the appropriate firmware to prepare it for installation. Simply download Weblink Desktop (for Windows and Mac) onto your computer to access the appropriate firmware. System requirements include -

  • Windows PC (10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP/2000) or Mac OS X (Mojave [10.14], HighSierra [10.13], Sierra [10.12], El-Capitan [10.11])
  • Available USB port (version 2.0 or 3.0)
  • 4GB RAM or more
  • 200MB available space on HDD
  • Internet connection

Note: Not compatible with Chromebook and other operating systems not listed above.

Clean Stereo Signal: The iDatalink Maestro AR (ADS-MAR) and vehicle specific harness (sold separately) allow the Kenwood XR600-6DSP amplifier to receive a true, clean stereo signal from your vehicle's existing factory radio, while the Maestro AR module translates all of the CAN-Bus communication from the radio to the amplifier.

Vehicle Compatibility: The Maestro AR (ADS-MAR) factory amplifier replacement interface is compatible with select Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, and Ford vehicles.

Make Model Factory System Year Harness
Chrysler Pacifica with Harman Kardon 2017-2018 HRN-AR-CH4
200 With Amplifier 2015-2016 HRN-AR-CH2
300 With Amplifier 2012-2016 HRN-AR-CH2
With Harman Kardon 2012-2015 HRN-AR-CH3
With Harman Kardon 2017-2018 HRN-AR-CH4
Dodge  Challenger With Amplifier 2015-2017 HRN-AR-CH2
With Harman Kardon 2015 HRN-AR-CH4
With Harman Kardon 2016-2018 HRN-AR-CH3
Charger With Amplifier 2012-2017 HRN-AR-CH2
With Harman Kardon 2012-2015
With Harman Kardon 2016-2018 HRN-AR-CH4
Durango With Amplifier 2014-2017 HRN-AR-CH2
With Harman Kardon 2018 HRN-AR-CH4
Viper With Harman Kardon 2016-2017 HRN-AR-CH4
Jeep Cherokee With Amplifier 2014-2017 HRN-AR-CH2 
Grand Cherokee With Amplifier 2014-2017
With Harman Kardon 2014 HRN-AR-CH3
With Harman Kardon 2015-2018 HRN-AR-CH4
Renegade With Factory Amplifier (w/o Harman Kardon & w/o Advanced Techhnology Group) 2015-2017 HRN-AR-CH3
Ram 1500 5.0/RA2 (Auto Climate), 8.4/RA3, 8.4N/RA4 With Amplifier 2014-2018 HRN-AR-CH2
5.0/RA2(Manual Climate) With Amplifier 2013-2018
2500 5.0/RA2 (Auto Climate), 8.4/RA3, 8.4N/RA4 With Amplifier 2013-2018
5.0/RA2(Manual Climate) With Amplifier 2013-2018
3500 5.0/RA2 (Auto Climate), 8.4/RA3, 8.4N/RA4 With Amplifier 2013-2018
5.0/RA2(Manual Climate) With Amplifier 2013-2018
Ford Edge My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2011-2017 HRN-AR-FO2
Escape My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2013-2016
Expedition My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2015-2017
Explorer My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2011-2017
F-150 My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2013-2017
F-250 My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2013-2017
F-350 My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2013-2017
F-450 My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2013-2017
Flex My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2013-2017
Focus My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2012-2017
Fusion My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2013-2016
Taurus My Ford Touch Radio (8" Screen) Sony Amplified System 2013-2017
Mustang Factory Navigation & Amplifier 2015-2018 HRN-AR-FO3
Factory Amplifier
Fiat 500X With Factory Amplifier (w/o Harman Kardon) 2016-2017 HRN-AR-CH3
Maserati Ghibli with Harman Kardon 2014-2017 HRN-AR-CH4
Lexus CT 200h with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2011-2013 HRN-AR-TO1
2014-2017 HRN-AR-TO2
ES 350 with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2010-2012 HRN-AR-TO1
2013-2018 HRN-AR-TO2
GX 460 with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2010-2013 HRN-AR-TO1
2014-2018 HRN-AR-TO2
HS 250h with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2010-2012 HRN-AR-TO1
IS 250 with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2010-2013
2014-2015 HRN-AR-TO2
IS 350 with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2010-2013 HRN-AR-TO1
2014-2016 HRN-AR-TO2
IS-F with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2010-2013 HRN-AR-TO1
NX with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2015-2017 HRN-AR-TO2
RC with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2015-2017
RX with Factory Amplifier / without Factory Navigation 2013-2017
Toyota 4-Runner with JBL 2010-2018 HRN-AR-TO1
Avalon with JBL 2011-2012
2013-2018 HRN-AR-TO2
2005-2010 HRN-AR-TO3
Camry with JBL 2012-2017 HRN-AR-TO2
2007-2011 HRN-AR-TO3
Corolla with JBL 2009-2010 HRN-AR-TO3
Highlander with JBL 2014-2018 HRN-AR-TO2
2008-2013 HRN-AR-TO3
Prius V with JBL 2012-2017 HRN-AR-TO2
Prius with JBL 2012-2018
2006-2011 HRN-AR-TO3
Rav 4 with 6.1" Screen and JBL 2013-2015 HRN-AR-TO2
with JBL 2016-2018
2006-2012 HRN-AR-TO3
Sequoia with JBL 2008-2018 HRN-AR-TO1
Sienna with JBL 2011-2018
Tacoma with JBL 2009-2018 HRN-AR-TO3
Tundera with JBL 2009-2018
Venza with JBL 2009-2016 HRN-AR-TO1
Subaru Impreza with Harman Kardon 2017-2018 HRN-AR-TO2
Legacy with Harman Kardon 2015-2018
Outback with Harman Kardon 2015-2018
Forester with Harman Kardon 2016-2018 HRN-AR-TO3
WRX STi with Harman Kardon 2016-2018
WRX with Harman Kardon 2016-2018
Note: The listed vehicle specific T-harnesses (sold separately) are required in order to install Maestro AR (ADS-MAR) in the above vehicles with the Kenwood XR600-6DSP amplifier. It cannot be used with any other vehicles not listed.

Optional Extension Harness: The HRN-AR-EXT2 (6.5'/2M) or HRN-AR-EXT4 (13.1'/4M) extension harness allows you to relocate the iDatalink Maestro AR and compatible DSP/Amplifier (like the Kenwood XR600-6DSP) to a location different than where the factory amplifier was originally installed.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Plug and play [ John  Aug 13, 2019 ]
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wanted to easily upgrade my factory audio [ jesse  Aug 13, 2019 ]
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Need for my truck interface [ Lorenzo  Aug 05, 2019 ]
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To make installation of aftermarket amp and not loose key factory features [ Tre'  Jul 08, 2019 ]
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because I want my System Done Correctly [ Eric  Feb 12, 2019 ]
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Recommended and fits my car [ K  Jan 24, 2018 ]
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it was needed for my car [ Robert  Jun 09, 2017 ]
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Very limited to options for upgrading my stock system in a 2015 Chrysler 300. Went to stereo install shops and they wanted from $3000 - $5000 to do what this will do for under $1000. Now let's hope I know what I'm doing when I install it myself. [ New User  May 21, 2017 ]
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5 questions already asked

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How does the center channel get power? I didn't see any outputs on the Kenwood XR600-6DSP amp to power my center channel speaker. For reference, I have a 2016 Dodge Ram Crewcab with the 8.4" display and Alpine 10-speaker system.
[ The Engineer  Aug 02, 2018 ]
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I do not use the center channel in my car anymore, it has been disconnected permanently..it messes with the front stage imaging and in most vehicles you won't notice it missing.
[ Adam  Aug 07, 2018 ]
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It was recommended that I disable my center channel in my dash. I don't miss it, however beware of this amp as my phone no longer connects with Bluetooth to the amp. You cannot control the amp without your phone being connected. App developer and Kenwood blee me off. Now I have a very expensive brick!!
[ Kevin  Aug 06, 2018 ]
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Will there be harness for 08+ Mitsubishi vehicles equipped with the factory Rockford Fosgate premium system? At least 2012+ vehicles. Every Mitsubishi now sold, Outlander, Outlander sport, Lancer, even the tiny mirage, and upcoming Eclipse SUV, all have the RF factory amplified sound system utilizing a multi channel RF amp. This would be a godsend and sell like hotcakes as Mitsubishi has used their Rockford Fosgate system/amplifier since 2008 and have no plans to change it up so likely many thousands of sales for this to eliminate the factory RF amplifier which IS canbus. Only other option is a daisy chained DSP with 8-9 channel conversion 5hen adding multiple amps. Not sure why Maestro hasn't come out with their current stereo link for Mitsubishi as they have canbus controls for ALL kinds of functions with harness plug behind radio. Factory nav vehicles are plugged in to this harness. It's there anyways with no nav. The factory amp overheats and requires restarting car to turn back on to reset built in protection. Please, please crutchfield. Get this harness from Maestro made for 2008+ Mitsubishi vehicles with RF systems. Only 1 change to amp pinouts from 08-2018. May still be universal depending on where Maestro ties into harness. I'll be first to buy this factory Amy replacement unit RIGHT AWAY. Take my money, please!!
[ Eric  Sep 15, 2017 ]
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We'll certainly add any integration harnesses as they become available. At this time, we do not have any preliminary information on a Maestro AR harness option for Mitsubishi. You may want to contact the manufacturer directly to request they make a harness option for your application: 866-427-2999
[ Ryan  Sep 16, 2017 ]  Staff
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Which amplifiers are compatible with this interface?
[ Rick  Aug 19, 2017 ]
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Kenwood Excelon XR600-6DSP is the only one I know of. But Kenwood might be coming out with a version with more channels, at least that's the rumor I heard.
[ New User  Aug 19, 2017 ]
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Kenwood dsp
[ DEREK  Aug 19, 2017 ]
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will this fit a 2017 f150 raptor - with sony stock system?
[ Steve  Jun 19, 2017 ]
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You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you.
[ Kenny  Jun 20, 2017 ]  Staff
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I have a 2014 Veloster turbo, installed is an Audio Control DQ-61. Is this product available for my vehicle? Also do I still need to us the Audio Control DQ-61? I'm running all Fosgate separates, coaxials and amps!
[ jones  Jun 03, 2017 ]
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The AudioControl DQ-61 is a processor that takes the audio out of a factory radio, restores it to a true preamp level while both removing noise and imbalances, and letting you make adjustments to the sound. About the only way to not benefit from a DQ-61 is to replace the stock radio. HTH! My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Jun 05, 2017 ]  Staff
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