FAQ - iPod/Aux input for the Series 1 RX8 stereo

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FAQ - iPod/Aux input for the Series 1 RX8 stereo

Post by Ian.Mothersole » Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:06 pm

Options for iPod and/or Auxiliary input for the Series 1 RX8 stereo head unit

1. AuxMod
This is a very simple device that connects to the Tape/MD port inside the head unit.
It provides a standard 3.5mm jack Aux input to the stereo.
This cannot be used alongside the Optional Tape or Mini Disc player supplied by Mazda.
This will work with any stereo Firmware.

2. Dension / DICE / XCarLink / ???
There are a various names for these devices but all have the same range of options/functions and all work in much the same way.
These are devices that connect to the External CD port on the back of the head unit (it does NOT replace the internal CD player).
They provide a standard 3.5mm jack Aux input and also allow the connection and control of an iPod.
Some models allow you to connect USB sticks and/or memory cards containing MP3 files.
Some models also have a bluetooth option to allow you to use a handsfree mobile phone.
The device replicates an external CD changer and so displays something like EX1:1 on the cars LCD screen.
You can control the iPod (and USB/memory cards) using the controls on the head unit and the steering wheel.
These devices will NOT work with stereo Firmware 9.81 or 10.01!!!

3. Axxess iPod Integration Kit
This device connects to the Tape/MD port inside the head unit.
It provides a standard 3.5mm jack Aux input and also allow the connection and control of an iPod.
The device replicates a Mini Disc player and can display the song title / artist on the cars LCD screen.
There is an optional external screen that can be used with the Axxess to display a more detailed song title and artist.
You can control the iPod using the controls on the head unit and the steering wheel (and with the optional Axxess screen).
This cannot be used alongside the optional Tape or Mini Disc player supplied by Mazda.
This will work with any stereo Firmware.

4. Parott Hands Free Kit
Originally developed as a simple means for connecting a hands free mobile phone to a car stereo.
Some models now have the option to play music from attached devices.
These kits connect directly to the stereo wiring loom and so bypasses the stereo altogether.
It will therefore work with any stereo Firmware, and can be used alongside the internal CD player and/or any optional Tape or Mini Disc player supplied by Mazda.


All of theses devices require the removal of the head unit in order to fit - details of how to remove the head unit can be found in the DIY forum.
(some people have managed to connect devices to the External CD port via access behind the glove box)


If there are any problems found here, or updates required, then please PM me and I will update accordingly.
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Re: FAQ - iPod/Aux input for the Series 1 RX8 stereo

Post by warpc0il » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:48 am

The above probably needs a review as additional options are now now available, many including DAB, since 2011.

However, the dependant on the OEM audio unit firmware level still remains and directly impacts the value of used units

To get the firmware level, push and hold the TEXT button and then at the same time push the number 1 button on the stereo and hold ( make sure you are in FM mode)
If you do it right it will tell you your Firmware. If you do it wrong it will say CLEAR.

Lower than 9.55, or 9.81 or 10.01 do not support the AUX input option and are virtually worthless
Higher than 9.55, other than 9.81 or 10.01 are in demand for those wanting a replacement that does support the AUX input option.

AUX input is required for nearly all hardwired USB/SD/Bluetooth/DAB or handsfree adaptor.

There's no way to check the firmware level other than this process (there's no markings even on the board) and, if you reconnect to the car to check, make sure the car battery is disconnected before disconnecting the unit again, otherwise the anti-theft feature will blow the circuit board.

It's not unusual for a used audio unit, sold in good faith as "working", arrives at the seller dead, having been removed with the car battery still connected.
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