This isn't my area of expertise and I need to hear from those of you who really are well informed in this area. What's the best ipod & bluetooth adapter? I have ML with navigation and I'm looking for something obviously compatable with that. Would like something that shows text on screen and can be controlled from the steering wheel. Thanks in advance for all your help.
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Thanks guys for your response. I'm not adverse to using the search function (and have many times), I was looking to get some recent feedback from those of you who have used the latest technology available and your opinions about it.
I posted on the new hello thread, but I just tried an isimple and I did not get playlist text. I am thinking about a $360 one from Neo Car Audio that even gives artwork on the nav screen and also cancels the Nav imput lockout when the car is moving. I imagine that would get annoying after using Garmins for years.
I just bought a Vaistech SL3B a few weeks ago and I love it. It connects through bluetooth, you can control everything through the steering wheel, song info shows on the screen, and it even automatically presses the "Agree" button on the navigation.
I had the Dice MediaBridge before my current interface and my battery kept dying after a day or two. Took the car to Lexus and they traced the parasitic draw to the Dice interface. It was drawing about 250ma when the car was off (normal is < 50ma). Since I got rid of the Dice and went to Vaistech, I haven't had a dead battery. It could have just been that I had a faulty unit, but regardless, I will never buy another Dice (Audiovox) product again.
I'm trying to make the same decision for my 2008 RX450H (with Nav - Sat Capable but not installed, and w/o DVD). I'd trust Vaistech more, but I need both Ipod Classic connectivity as well as Bluetooth for my Iphone, and I don't believe there's a single solution for that from Vaistech. My favorite car audio installer is selling the Isimple ISTY651 but will also install the Mediabridge AMBR-1500-TOY. Probably both have bugs, but any recent experiences with either would be appreciated.
You are right. If you go Vaistech you have to buy both units and it ends up being rather expensive. But I would be weary of the MediaBridge, as it killed my car battery. But like I said in an earlier post, it could have just been a faulty unit.
I tried the mediabridge and either it's terrible or I got a bad unit. Wouldn't auto connect, wouldn't display text after first pairing. Either way, they never responded to my support ticket so I sent it back. Vaistech was more expensive but so far, it is as advertised.
I agree with Bobomo about the customer service aspect....When I discovered the MediaBridge was what was draining the battery, I tried to resolve the problem with Audiovox and they kept trying to blame the problem on the installation which makes no sense since it is plug and play. After several emails of them trying to deflect the blame I gave up and bought the Vaistech. When the iPhone 6 came out I was having a few bluetooth problems and contacted Vaistech and they were very quick to respond and happy to help find a solution. Turned out that the problem is with iOS 8. iOS 8.1 is supposed to come out next week and should solve the problem.