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Pioneer CD-IU50V iPod Lead for AVH AV Headunits

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  • Item Weight: 172 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 68 g
  • Item model number: CD-IU50V
  • ASIN: B001TINUF4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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    I bought this item and received it in good condition
    I then tryed it out once and it worked fine
    Went to use it a second time and it no longer
    worked , with no damage and no change to
    where it was , maybe I got a duff one !
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    Amazon.com: HASH(0x9259aad4) out of 5 stars 107 reviews
    83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x9260efb4) out of 5 stars You don't *need* it, but you are going to *want* it 15 May 2010
    By MGIxian - Published on Amazon.com
    I'm posting this after reading the reviews here and then experiencing first hand the difference on my own x920bt between this and a "regular" iPod cable used with the stock Pioneer USB cable.

    Technically, the bad reviews here are correct: You don't actually need this cable to use your iPod/iPhone with your Pioneer HU. If you were sitting on the fence like I was about buying it though, read on:

    I do agree with the one star reviews that the cable is too short for what it costs. It is possible to extend it with both a regular USB extension cable and a mini-jack cable extender, but of course you have to buy those. So I knocked off a couple stars for that because this thing should be longer for what you pay.

    However, there are 3 things you need to know about using the USB cable that comes with your HU over this one with an iPod/iPhone:

    1) Without this cable, you have to plug two cables in to your iPod/iPhone - the dock connector, and a standard mini-audio cable. With this cable you only need to plug in the dock connector. Minor detail but if it's something you are going to use every time you get in the car you'll find one connection better than two over time, I assure you.

    2) You need this cable to get video from your iPod/iPhone. If you care about video at all, then this is your only choice. One review mentions the video quality is so-so but I did not find that to be the case - as with all videos on iPods/iPhones the source is everything and good quality videos looked perfectly fine to me; I'll agree that the Pioneer HU doesn't go a great job with marginal sources compared to other displays but that isn't the fault of the cable.

    3) And most importantly - as G. Ledesma points out in his review - with this cable, you get line-level audio out, where with the USB cable/mini-jack you get audio that's amplified once already by the iPod/iPhone itself. Don't brush this detail off! Having listened to both, same music, same player, I can tell you that you don't need to be an audiophile with the ears of a teenager to hear the difference. It is pretty significant, especially with music that's already lower-quality (like tracks purchased from iTunes prior to 2009). For this reason alone I found the cable to be a necessary purchase.

    In short, while yes it is pricey, and you can control and listen to your music without it, you are going to want it anyway. I mean, not to defend Pioneer, but it is kind of a niche item they don't mass-produce, and frankly if you own an iPod/iPhone you already paid a premium for a product, so what's another few bucks for a cable? If it were longer I'd give it 5 stars, but that's it's only real fault.
    53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x926b7618) out of 5 stars Lame Cable 8 May 2009
    By L. Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
    Okay, so for anyone who is trying to figure out if they need this cable or not. You will need it if you are trying to get video from your ipod on your AVH-P3100DVD receiver. If you only want audio, your standard ipod cable will work. I tested with ipod touch 2g, both cables allow control from the receiver or ipod.

    It's lame (hence 1 star) because it's too short and this is a ridiculous price to pay for a cable.

    Once the cable is plugged in, you will need to change the AUX1 input to ipod. This can be found in the "Initial Menu" that is only accessible after turning the receiver off. Which I couldn't figure out at first and after a lengthy e-mail thread with Pioneer (who could not help) I found by accident.
    20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x926c8e7c) out of 5 stars Pointless.. A WASTE!! 19 Aug. 2009
    By Norcross - Published on Amazon.com
    I bought this cord when I bought my Pioneer AVH P3100 headunit. Amazon and Pioneer make it seem like you NEED to have this cord in order to work an iPod with your headunit-- FALSE! You can simply use the white Apple cord that came with your iPod, or go to Radio Shack and buy a cord for $3 that does the same exact thing!

    Besides, the cord works absolutely fine for my iPod Nano, but when I plug in my girlfriend's iPhone, it takes a while for it to recognize it, then while playing, it often skips the songs, and chunks of the song go silent. It's like it's always fill-in-the-blank to the song when the iPhone is connected!

    Anyways, don't make the same mistake I made by buying this for $50 when you can get another cord with the same function for so much cheaper..
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x92ad2438) out of 5 stars Works, but why both connections, Pioneer?? 22 Mar. 2010
    By Brett D - Published on Amazon.com
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    I'm confused. Why does everyone else's iPod interface cable (whether proprietary or Apple standard) work just fine with only the USB connection, but not Pioneer's? the female end of the data cable coming off the head unit (AVIC Z-110BT in my case) includes an analog mini stereo jack (for standard "AUX" input) and a USB connection. The iPod cable must be connected to both, leaving you with a large, thick, unsightly pair of wires hanging out in your vehicle where one could just as easily have sufficed.

    I swear it's like they got the idea ten minutes before going to market with their first iPod-compatible head unit and they haven't revisited the design since. Maybe they don't want to pay for whatever software lisence Apple imposes on developers to code their interface for pure USB connection?? Beats me. It just seems kinda sloppy on their part.
    26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x92852df8) out of 5 stars Unnecessary product.. 17 Aug. 2009
    By A. Huber - Published on Amazon.com
    You do not need this cable to use the iPod controls through the Pioneer head unit - the iPod cable that is used for charging and connecting to the computer can be plugged into the USB port at the front of the Pioneer P3100DVD.
    Plus, the iPod cable can be purchased at a fraction of the cost.
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