MediaBridge Multimedia Integration Kit: The Audiovox MediaBridge
Multimedia Integration Kit (AMBR-1500-BMW) provides connectivity for Bluetooth
mobile devices, select iPod/iPhone models, a SiriusXM tuner, USB mass storage class devices
(including Android), and any portable audio player with a headphone jack to your
BMW/Mini's factory radio.
Vehicle Compatibility: The MediaBridge Multimedia Integration
Kit (AMBR-1500-BMW) is compatible with select BMW (with or without navigation) and
Mini (without navigation) vehicles. The AMBR-1500-BMW features two dip switches
to configure the module for your compatible BMW or Mini vehicle.
Note: The factory external CD-changer must be
disconnected. If equipped with factory Satellite Radio, then
the optional BMW-SAT cable is required (sold separately). If
equipped with digital DSP amplifier, the optional BMW-DSP
adapter (sold separately) is required. Please use the
Crutchfield Car Selector to verify compatibility with your vehicle.
USB Port: The Audiovox MediaBridge features a USB (type-A)
port and comes with a 6.5' USB extension cable to connect your portable USB
mass-storage class (MSC) device; such as select Android smartphones
(Froyo/Gingerbread only), portable digital audio players, or USB thumbdrives.
The AMBR-1500-BMW supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The unit will recognize 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. USB portable audio devices that
can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the module's USB port
(max. 1A), and the vehicle's ignition switch is set to ACC or On.
iPod/iPhone Compatible: The MediaBridge's USB port also
supports connection of select Apple iPod and iPhone devices. Your iPod or iPhone
simply plugs into the module's USB port using the Apple 30-pin connector or
Lightning-connector cable that came with your iPod or iPhone. The AMBR-1500-BMW
lets you listen to stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone through your
factory radio. The MediaBridge lets you browse your iPod/iPhone's stored music
by playlist, song, artist, or album from the factory radio and steering wheel
controls. You can also skip to the next/previous song or station from select
music apps. You can even choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its own clickwheel
or touchscreen. The artist name and song title will be shown on your factory radio's
display. The module's USB connection provides 1A of current to power and charge your
connected iPod/iPhone when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On'
Siri Voice Control: The Audiovox MediaBridge supports Siri
voice control for iPhone with Siri, so you can focus more on your
driving. With the MediaBridge and your iPhone with Siri you can
compose and send text messages, place phone calls, select music tracks, ask
for directions, create a calendar event, and more all by just speaking with Siri. Siri works through the MediaBridge via Bluetooth technology (not USB). To
activate Siri, simply press the steering wheel "voice" button on many
BMW/MINI vehicles (not applicable for all vehicles); if you vehicle does not have
a "voice" button, then you need to activate Siri from the iPhone as you would do normally.
Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The AMBR-1500-BMW supports the following iPod/iPhone functions
(as of 12/3/2014):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Bluetooth||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Head Unit||iPod/iPhone||Apps||Artist/Song Text||Track Info ||Phone||Audio||Siri|
- Set the iPod/iPhone "Hold/Lock" switch 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/Lock" switch to the Off position
to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen (factory
radio controls will be limited). Changing the "Hold/Lock" 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.
If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head
unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work,
you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Audiovox MediaBridge supports
Bluetooth hands-free communication and audio streaming for your Bluetooth
enabled smartphones, tablets, and audio players. After manually pairing once,
your Bluetooth-enabled device will automatically pair with the MediaBridge
whenever you get in your car; this way you can even leave your phone in your
pocket or purse.
- Hands-Free Communication (w/ External Mic): The MediaBridge
lets you use your vehicle's speakers and the included external microphone (with
visor-clip) for an integrated hands-free mobile phone experience. The included
microphone is specially designed for in-car use. It mounts on the A-pillar inside
your vehicle to pick up your voice loud and clear and will cancel most of the
background noises associated with driving. You can answer, terminate, or reject
an incoming call from your factory radio. To make a call you can simply press
the "phone" button on your steering wheel (when applicable) or press
the appropriate button on your phone to activate it's voice command features. To
manually enter a phone number, you must still use your mobile phone like you
would normally; the phone will then transfer the call to the MediaBridge and
your factory system.
- Audio Streaming (A2DP/AVRCP): The MediaBridge lets you
stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone,
tablet, or audio player to your vehicle's factory audio system. You can also
control basic music playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track,
& FF/RW) of your Bluetooth enabled device from the factory stereo. In addition,
you can view song/artist information on your factory radio's display screen.
Advanced music navigation will still need to done from your Bluetooth-enabled
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology,
some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or
may not support all features when used with the Audiovox MediaBridge.
Satellite Radio: The SXV200V1 SiriusXM tuner (item number
220SXV200, sold separately) can be added to the MediaBridge using the
SC-C1 port. When adding the satellite tuner, the A-ACC-SAT-CBL adapter cable is
also necessary (item number
220AACCSAT, sold separately).
Note: Before connecting a SiriusXM tuner, the
MediaBridge firmware must be updated to a version specific to the tuner
Music Apps: In addition to stored music from your USB or
Bluetooth connected Apple iPhone (2G-4S) or Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread
OS only), you are able to listen to select music apps streamed to your mobile
device through your factory stereo system. You are able to control basic playback
functions (such as Previous/Next song or station) and view song/artist information
from the factory radio on select music apps. In particular, the Livio Car Internet
Radio app let's you access preset internet radio stations by pressing the disc 1-6
buttons on the factory radio.
Song & Artist Information + MAT: 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 from your
iPod/iPhone or USB mass storage class device (including Android). This also
makes navigating through your songs a simple task, using only the controls on
your radio. The MediaBridge also offers Music Announcer Technology (MAT) which
announces song title and artist information over your vehicle's factory
speakers, allowing for a safer driving experience.
Playback Control: To access the MediaBridge as a source,
press the "Mode" button on your factory radio. With the MediaBridge,
all of your USB and Bluetooth connected devices can be controlled from your
factory radio or vehicle's steering wheel controls. The Audiovox MediaBridge
lets you use your vehicle's factory radio or steering wheel controls to navigate
through your stored music and music apps on your connected devices.
OEI Control App: Download the
Audiovox OEI Control app onto your compatible iPhone to view information,
change settings, and control the Audiovox MediaBridge interface module. From
the app on your iPhone you'll be able to:
- use a "virtual remote control" to change music tracks and view
for Satellite Radio
- adjust the volume level and a 3-band EQ (Treble/Mid/Bass) for each source connected to the
- enable or disable sources, as well as select text field length
- view firmware version, serial number, and other information about the
- view the position/meaning of DIP switch settings
Note: Afirmware update may be required in order for the OEI Control App to work with the Audiovox MediaBridge interface module.
Auxiliary Input: The MediaBridge Multimedia Integration Kit
features a minijack (3.5mm) port to connect any portable music player which
features an audio output or headphone output. The MediaBridge features gain
adjustment for the Aux input so you can adjust the level of the input to match
the volume of your other audio sources.
Vehicle Harness: The Audiovox
MediaBridge comes supplied with a 15' vehicle harness which plugs into the
BMW/Mini factory CD-changer harness, located in the trunk, (changer must be
disconnected) and is then routed through the interior of the vehicle to connect
to the MediaBridge module at the front of the vehicle. Your factory CD-changer
will need to be disconnected and will no longer function. Some vehicles will
have the CD-changer wiring in a protective sheath which may make it more
difficult to locate. Cars sold outside the USA may not be pre-wired for trunk
Note: Audiovox recommends that the MediaBridge
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.
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