Dension Gateway 500 (GW52MO2) MOST Bluetooth, iPod, USB, AUX Interface for Select Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Saab, Volvo
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Dension's Gateway and Ice Link products allow the driver to play and control iPod and USB music sources through the car's original audio system without changing any of the original components or aesth
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The interface for browsing albums and artists is clunky, and seems inferior to that of the old version (Gateway 500 non-S).
The bright points are that (1) the sound quality is very good. (2) bluetooth phone seems to work pretty well. (3) USB drive works better than the iPod since it is faster, and cheaper.
One thing to keep in mind is that the cables used to install the unit are too short to go from the trunk to the interior. It is necessary to buy Mini DIN 9-pin extensions and a USB extension. You can find the Mini DIN 9 extension at StockCable.com (they don't sell them on Amazon).
I recommend you install this thing in the trunk, and not in a location where you have to remove the head unit every time you want to inspect the Dension. Otherwise, you are going to go crazy.
UPDATE: Dension has repeatedly failed to fix their garbage firmware. The bugs they promised to fix have remained, and in fact, have only gotten worse. My bypass mode now doesn't work. Sometimes when I startup the car, the entire stereo system doesn't work (even the FM radio).
This unit as Bluetooth built-in. As I wired the unit to the back of my vehicle I did not install the microphone to use with my phone. I did not have any range issues and was able to pair my iPhone to the device without any hiccups and play music from there. There is no text displayed when using Bluetooth and I could not use the car to make calls obviously without a mic.
In terms of using the wired iPod interface, the user instructions were very clearly written for a few different vehicles including Audi's MMI, BMW's iDrive, Mercedes' COMMAND, and the Porsche's PCM. I followed the PCM instructions on how to pick songs, albums, artists, etc. and it all works perfectly. Although I have about 12000 songs on my iPod and it's a bit tedious going through every song, there is a search option which works. I was able to pick the artist and then the album I wanted to listen to. I could shuffle as well. Sound quality is very good, though obviously not as good as a CD due to the compressed files in the iPod.
Overall I am very impressed with this product.
(I understand from the instructions for some people it's not plug and play. If the unit powers on, but car still says you do not have a CD changer, it means you need to take it to your local dealership and have the CD changer option enabled.)
I attached a picture of the Gateway after unboxing and the location where I put the Gateway in.