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Well damn, it worked! So there is finally a happy solution to the iPOD in the Maser problem - and more.

Just picked up my 05 QP from the audio shop after having a bunch of electronic boxes and wires hooked up.

Now I have both an iPOD and a Sirius Sat Radio elegantly integrated like it was factory installed. Here are some features of this approach.

Nothing shows, no antenna, no iPODs, no Satellite Radio device. Its just all right there on the Navigation screen, just like CD and Radio do now.

A small simple little wireless remote control runs working with your NAV screen handles all iPOD and Sat Radio operations.

All the info from the iPOD screen and the Sat Radio screens appear on my navigation screen. All iPOD features are there; unlimited playlists and data base info. The MP3 tags show up on the screen (Song, Artist Album, Playlist). A little electronic eye for the remote is embedded behind an air vent. Sat Radio antenna is hidden under the grill on the dash.

Data streams remain digital all the way through. iPOD is mounted under the steering column where the nav disks go (went) in a little holder that also charges the iPOD. Sat Radio mounted somewhere under the dash; never need to access it.

How it works: A company called NAV-TV (http://www.nav-tv.com/) cracked some code and made a box that gets directly into the nav screen electronics and stereo preamp. Don't have a part number but it says Nav-TV Corp Optical on the box and MAS VIM is written on the side. There is an adaptor needed, in the case of the QP system just MAS is written on the side of that box. Its not the car that matters its the maker of the Nav Screen and attached electronics. I'm told they have an adaptor and software for every screen type.

So the NAV-TV box connects to the car electronics using the adaptor. Then an Alpine Electronics Vehicle Hub is connected to that. The Hub can accept signals from iPODs, Satellite Radio (Sirius only), CD Changer, DVD Player and perhaps others. The Vehicle Hub part number is VPA-B221A.

An Alpine iPOD adaptor is required between the Vehicle Hub and the iPOD; part number KCA-420i. Alpine Sat Radio plugs in directly, no adaptor needed.

That's it. Hit the TV button on the dash and all the attached devices appear on the Nav screen, select IPOD, Sat Radio or whatever and off you go. All other factory dash buttons functions and screens are unchanged.

Send me a PM if you need the name of the shop and the people there. Its in North Idaho, by the way. They said they would be happy to take calls from people or other shops trying to do this.

The era of the CD in our cars is gone. The new focus is The Playlist and access to 60GB of music riding 400 horsepower along fine roads. Today's Playlist is yesterday's cd, cassett, 8-track, 4 track.

Jeez, life is good.

Ken
 

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very nice writeup. you sounded very happy.
i have been hesitating about all these ipod hookups until this post.

a few questions:
1) is the factory cd changer retained?
2) all the volume/mute controls on steering wheel retained?
3) SRC button switches from CD/Radio/TV(ipod)?
4) how much was it?

if possible, please post some pictures of the install as well as screen shots.

thank you in advance.
 

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You have PM :cool:
 

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M! said:
very nice writeup. you sounded very happy.
i have been hesitating about all these ipod hookups until this post.

a few questions:
1) is the factory cd changer retained?
2) all the volume/mute controls on steering wheel retained?
3) SRC button switches from CD/Radio/TV(ipod)?
4) how much was it?

if possible, please post some pictures of the install as well as screen shots.

thank you in advance.
1) Yes
2) Yes
3) Don't know, I'll try it
4) $2000, including the Sat Radio (but not the iPOD, of course). The NAV-TV box was half of that.
 

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Any idea if this will work for a Coupé?
 

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F. Yu said:
Any idea if this will work for a Coupé?
All the parts are Car Type indifferent except the NAV-TV adaptor and they claim to have adaptors for every type of Navigation screen.
 

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Ken,

kbrookings said:
How it works: A company called NAV-TV (http://www.nav-tv.com/) cracked some code and made a box that gets directly into the nav screen electronics and stereo preamp. Don't have a part number but it says Nav-TV Corp Optical on the box and MAS VIM is written on the side. There is an adaptor needed, in the case of the QP system just MAS is written on the side of that box. Its not the car that matters its the maker of the Nav Screen and attached electronics. I'm told they have an adaptor and software for every screen type.


Ken
Did the shop have to modify or cut into any of the orginal factory wiring or was this all done with plug-in adaptors? Also since I use a Bluetooth phone I wonder how well the Alpine Bluetooth module would work with this.

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Have just called the UK guys here. They will check if there is a Coupe version available, at least in the UK (could be in the US; they told me they have different product lines).

Guess should not be a prob; it's just a question to fit something that would work on a Magneti Narelli Connect NIT, which is used by other cars. Unfortunately, none of those are listed in their product line, but will see.

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I'm familiar with the Nav-TV people from my M5 days. They make a cool product but tends to be super overpriced. However I can't find any listings at all for Maserati products.

Can't I just plug an aux jack in where my CD changer would be? I hate adding unnecessary hardware, especially electronics.
 

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Did the shop have to modify or cut into any of the orginal factory wiring or was this all done with plug-in adaptors? Also since I use a Bluetooth phone I wonder how well the Alpine Bluetooth module would work with this.

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No wire cutting, plugged into existing jacks.
Can't say on the Bluetooth phone, but if its an Alpine module I bet it will.
 

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squid said:
I'm familiar with the Nav-TV people from my M5 days. They make a cool product but tends to be super overpriced. However I can't find any listings at all for Maserati products.

Can't I just plug an aux jack in where my CD changer would be? I hate adding unnecessary hardware, especially electronics.
The Dension unit will get a digital connection to your system with limited iPOD functionality into your controls. I wanted all iPOD function, particuarly access to ALL playlists and also an integrated Sat Radio, so required this more complex solution.

Yes, they are pricey, but that is to be expected; they have to do the custom adaptor and software work for a lot of small applications (like ours), so its not the hardware they are charging for but the near custom engineering. Seems fair enough to me.
 

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thank you for your reply! good to hear you love it!
since you spend alot more time in your QP on the road that i do, definitely the $2000 is probably worthwhile for you.
for me.... i will continue to burn my own CDR's... :(
 

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thank you for your reply! good to hear you love it!
since you spend alot more time in your QP on the road that i do, definitely the $2000 is probably worthwhile for you.
for me.... i will continue to burn my own CDR's... :(
I do have the Dension unit for the QP I bought before I learned this new and pricier way. I just listed it on ebay but I won't be surprised if no one bids on it. If I don't sell it there you can have it, no charge, if that method works for you.
 

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kbrookings said:
I do have the Dension unit for the QP I bought before I learned this new and pricier way. I just listed it on ebay but I won't be surprised if no one bids on it. If I don't sell it there you can have it, no charge, if that method works for you.
i was checking your listing. may be if you add 'maserati' or 'quattroporte' in the title you might find more people looking at it.

thank you in advance for your offer ;)
 

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M! said:
i was checking your listing. may be if you add 'maserati' or 'quattroporte' in the title you might find more people looking at it.

thank you in advance for your offer ;)
Sent you a PM
 
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