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DICE MediaBridge for Toyota
Add iPod® control, Bluetooth®, satellite radio, and an auxiliary input to select 2003-up Toyota/Lexus/Scion vehicles
Our take on the DICE MediaBridge for Toyota by Crutchfield's Zak Billmeier
Looking for a lot more from your factory stereo, but don't want to buy a whole new receiver? Or maybe it's not so easy to change the stereo in your newer car. Just install DICE Electronics' MediaBridge, and suddenly your boring factory stereo gives you iPod control, hands-free calling and music streaming, an auxiliary input, and a connection for a satellite radio tuner.
Browse your playlists with your factory radio
Just mount the compact hideaway box in a hidden location in your vehicle, and connect the included 40" harness to your factory stereo. You can plug your iPod or iPhone® into the USB input on the MediaBridge, then browse your music library by album, artist, or playlist right from the radio or with your steering wheel audio controls. The direct connection to your stereo gives you superior sound, and your iPod will stay charged while you drive. You can also plug in a USB thumb drive loaded with MP3, WMA, and AAC files.
Bluetooth functionality and more
Pair up your compatible phone, and you can make and receive hands-free calls. You'll hear your caller over your speakers, letting you keep your hands on the wheel when an important call comes in. Once you experience this feature, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Add an optional SIRIUS tuner, and you can tap into the wealth of entertainment satellite radio provides. Last of all, a mini-jack input lets your friends plug in their MP3 players or dock-and-play satellite radios.
Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle.
Compatibility Note: Be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this iPod adapter.
Although a bit complicated to operate, once you understand the nuances; it is an awesome upgrade to a stock radio withou SIRIUS\XM tuner, AUX input, USB input, & Bluetooth.
DJB, Murrieta, CA
What's in the Box:
- MEDiABRiDGE multimedia interface kit (for Toyota)
- 40" Vehicle harness
- 40" USB cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a male mini-USB type-B connector on other end)
- 13' USB extension cable (with a male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
- External Bluetooth microphone (with attached 13' cable terminated by a proprietary 2-pin connector)
- Visor clip
- Self-adhesive bracket
- Mounting screw
- Installation Guide/User Manual
- "Attention Installers!" note
- add iPod control, an aux input, a USB input, Bluetooth, and a satellite radio connection to select 2003-up Toyota/Lexus/Scion factory radios
- includes a 40" connection harness
- works with steering wheel controls
- works with SIRIUS car-only tuner
- dimensions: 6-1/8"W x 1-3/8"H x 3-1/2"D
- warranty: 90 days
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
Overview: The DICE Electronics MediaBridge Multimedia Vehicle Interface Kit (MB 1500-Toyota) is an entertainment and information connectivity device which provides connectivity for Bluetooth hands-free & music streaming, USB digital connection for iPod & iPhone, direct connection for USB Flash based mass storage devices, and the aftermarket Sirius Satellite Radio tuner, as well as other portable Sirius Satellite radios to select 2003-2011 Toyota/Scion/Lexus vehicles. The DICE MediaBridge's audio circuitry is designed to meet or exceed the sound quality of any premium audio system.
Vehicle Compatibility: The DICE Electronic MediaBridge Multimedia Vehicle Interface Kit (MB 1500-Toyota) is compatible with select 2003-2011 Toyota, Scion, and Lexus vehicles.
Note: The factory radio must have TEXT button/option to be compatible. Please use the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify compatibility with your vehicle.
Song & Artist Display: The MediaBridge will display the song, artist, album, and playlist titles of your music on your vehicle's factory radio display so you know who and what song you are listening to. This also makes navigating through your songs a simple task, using only the controls on your radio.
Playback Control: With the MediaBridge all of the connectable devices can be controlled from your factory radio or vehicle's steering wheel controls. The DICE MediaBridge lets you use your vehicle's factory radio or steering wheel controls to navigate through your music from your connected devices. The MediaBridge will either emulate the factory radio's MP3, CD, or SAT controls (whichever applicable and based on dip switch settings).
Music Announcer Technology (MAT): The MediaBridge offers Music Announcer Technology (MAT) which announces song title and artist information over your vehicle's factory speakers, allowing for a safer driving experience.
Digital USB Audio: The DICE MediaBridge features a USB type-A port and comes with a 13' USB type-A extension cable to connect your portable flash-drive, MP3 player, or portable USB card reader for playback of music files. The MediaBridge supports playback of MP3, WMA, and AAC (M4A) music files formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The unit will support up to 8 levels per folder, 200 folders, and 1000 files per folder. You can browse folders and songs using the factory radio or steering wheel controls. Artist and song title information will be shown on your factory radio's display. The MediaBridge provides digital USB audio with level matched audio output to your vehicle's factory radio. This means that the MediaBridge will provide the best sounding connection possible for your USB connected portable devices.
Note: This unit does not support DRM encryption audio files. The unit's USB connector is not compatible with USB hard drives, USB hubs, computers or digital cameras.
iPod/iPhone Compatible: The DICE Electronics MediaBridge is "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone" compliant allowing a full featured iPod/iPhone experience over a USB connection in the vehicle. Your iPod or iPhone simply plugs into the MediaBridge's USB port using the Apple Dock Connector-to-USB cable that came with your iPod or iPhone. The MediaBridge offers audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of your iPod or iPhone. The MediaBridge lets you browse your iPod/iPhone's music by song, playlist (unlimited), album, or artist. The artist and song title will be shown on your factory radio's display. You can also choose to control your iPod/iPhone from its own clickwheel or touchscreen. The MediaBridge supports the following iPod/iPhone functions (as of 9/25/2012).
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Firmware/OS Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Radio||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
Note: Set the iPod/iPhone "Hold" feature to the On position to fully control the iPod/iPhone from your factory radio (your iPod/iPhone will be locked). Set the iPod/iPhone "Hold" feature to the Off position to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen (factory radio controls will be limited). Changing the hold switch on your iPod/iPhone to the On/Off position must be done prior to connecting the dock cable to the MediaBridge. Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. You may need to reset your iPod/iPhone if you download a newer software version to regain functionality. *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5 will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter (sold separately).
Built-in Bluetooth: The DICE MediaBridge supports Bluetooth hands-free communication and audio streaming for your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone and MP3 player.
- Hands-Free Communication: The MediaBridge lets you use your vehicle's speakers and the included external microphone (with visor-clip) for an integrated hands-free cell phone experience. You can answer, terminate, or reject an incoming call from your factory radio. To make an outgoing call, you must still dial from your cell-phone like you would normally.
- Audio Streaming: The MediaBridge lets you stream music from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or MP3 player to your vehicle's factory audio system. You can also control music playback functions of your Bluetooth enabled device.
Note: Your Bluetooth enabled device must first be paired with the MediaBridge prior to hands-free operation. This unit may not work with all Bluetooth devices.
Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The DICE Electronics MediaBridge supports Sirius Satellite Radio through either the SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner (607SCC1, sold separately) or SiriusConnect Vehicle Dock (607SCVDOC1, sold separately).
- SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner: By adding the SiriusConnect SC-C1 Vehicle Tuner you are able to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio through your vehicle's factory system. The SiriusConnect Vehicle Tuner allows audio playback, control, and information display from your factory radio.
- SiriusConnect Vehicle Kit: The SiriusConnect SCVDOC1 Vehicle Docking Kit turns your Sirius Dock & Play or Portable radio into a dedicated tuner, allowing your to listen to Sirius Satellite Radio from your vehicle's factory audio system. The SiriusConnect Vehicle Kit allows your Sirius Dock & Play or Sirius Portable radios with universal docking capability to be connected to and controlled by your factory radio.
Note: A subscription is also required to receive satellite radio programming from SIRIUS. SIRIUS Satellite Radio features more than 120 streams of original programming beamed coast-to-coast, including 65 streams of commercial-free, digital-quality music, and news, talk, sports, entertainment, and children's programming.
Auxiliary Input: The MediaBridge features a minijack (3.5mm) port to connect any portable music player which features an audio output or headphone output.
Dip Switches: The DICE MediaBridge (MB 1500) features two dip switches to configure the module for your compatible Toyota, Scion, or Lexus vehicle.
Vehicle Harness: The included vehicle harness connects to the small connector on back of your Toyota, Scion, or Lexus factory radio. If a factory harness is present, disconnect it from the factory radio and plug the MediaBridge's vehicle harness in its place. Then plug your vehicle's factory harness into the cable receptacle on the MediaBridge's vehicle harness.
Installation Note: DICE Electronics recommends that the module be installed in an easily accessible place (not placed behind the factory radio). This allows for easier connection and disconnection of your external audio devices, as well as future firmware upgrades.
Firmware Updates: There is a mini-USB type-B port on one side of the MediaBridge module to connect to your computer for firmware updates. Please check with www.diceelectronics.com for the latest firmware upgrades before installing this unit.
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