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Old 27th July 2012, 17:40   #1
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Dice MediaBridge Install

So I thought I'd share my Dice MediaBridge install. I know there are loads, but I guess more the merrier!

Purchased the Dice MediaBridge BT1500 on ebay from a UK based company called caripodoutlet for 180 delivered.
Was delivered within 2 days, and began install that afternoon.

Total install took about 2 hours, this included removal of the rear seats and thoroughly cleaning and hoovering the parts that can't normally be accessed while they're in.

I had already decided I didn't want the unit in the glove box, so I chose instead the small compartment that holds the OBD socket, which on UK RHD is by the driver's right knee.

My M5 has DSP, but having searched on here I quickly discovered that I didn't need the DSP convertor, because my CD changer had the 3-pin and 6-pin cables (Rather than the 3-pin and coaxial).

THE INSTALL
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So I removed the rear seats, which was much easier than I thought it would be. From there I pushed the CD connection side through the seat into the boot/trunk.
I then ran this along the back seats, at about calf height (Ie where the back of passengers' legs will go, so no pressure goes on the cables) over to the driver's side (UK RHD).
Then I ran the cable low level inside the carpet/trim up to the lever for the bonnet/hood.

One screw removed on the Bonnet Lever released that. Quarter turn on the flat-head screw behind that, and a few cross-head screws holding the panel on there.

From there I wired in the Microphone, using a small flat head screwdriver I flipped the interior light out, then pushed out the square flap that holds the sun roof control and old microphone.

Pushed the microphone cable through the same hole with the rear view mirror, and used a plastic pusher to lay the cable around the window, and down the trim to meet the main connector at the bottom.

From there I removed the small compartment that holds the OBD, and drilled 2 20mm holes in the back and filed them out to an oval shape. Pulled the 2 cables through and finished.

Before I'd got too far I discovered the main cable wasn't long enough, so I traced the 3-pin/6-pin CD changer cables and pushed them through to the back seats. Made sure the connections were out of the way and this gave me the extra slack to get where I wanted to.


INSTALLED
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The MediaBridge now sits comfortably in below the OBD socket, and can easily be accessed to remove it or change the USB stick.


AUX
I'm very pleased with the MediaBridge. To have access to a massive amount of music is amassive improvement.
I have an ipod shuffle which I plugged into an AUX cable, but found this rather quiet. To remidy this, you either have to turn the volume up on the Dice, which makes a horrible interference noise, or turn the volume up on the BMW, except of course when you change sound source you get your ears blown out.

I connected my Samsung Galaxy SII via the same AUX cable and found the volume much better, so I've chucked the ipod back in the cupboard to collect dust again.

USB
So far this has been by far the best aspect of the Dice. Although it's a bit fiddly using the CD changer buttons (2 selects folders, 1 selects songs).

BLUETOOTH
Phone calls work fine. Infact the speaker on my phone worked before I plugged the microphone in, so I'm guessing it must have some autodetect feature. However since the phone usually sits infront of the gear stick, I found myself relentlessly shouting towards the nav unit. Microphone in, and all is good.

I haven't been able to get music streaming working yet, but upon more research on google I discovered that has something to do with the Galaxy SII, either the latest software or Samsung being morons. Whichever the case, I'm quiet happy with plugging it into the AUX side.

DSP
I can go onto the nav screen and turn on the DSP. The memo settings can still be set such as Catherdral etc. the only part that seems to screw the sound is echo, so I just keep that off.

OLD PHONE
The in-car phone still works, and since I only pushed the original microphone to one side, I can still talk through both phones (Although I haven't experimented on both at same time?!)

Since this is now redundant, I will probably remove it completely in the near future.


AUX CABLE
I already have a 3.5mm jack wired in where the cup holders would normally go. I also have a USB wired off the cigarette lighter socket. (I did these in another thread).
Since the 3.5mm jack goes to the boot (using the redundant Traffic Master cable) I will remove this, and link a new cable over to the AUX input of the Dice.


All in all, I'd say an excellent buy since there's always music in my car (I rarely listen to the radio). I considered the Connect2 and Blitzsafe devices, but quickly opted for the MediaBridge for the number of outputs it has.
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Old 27th July 2012, 21:40   #2
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Did you consider an intravee?
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Did you consider an intravee?

Yes, but from what I heard it requires a lot more cutting and changing of the original parts which I wanted to keep to a minimum.
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Yes, but from what I heard it requires a lot more cutting and changing of the original parts which I wanted to keep to a minimum.
The Intravee does not have a phone interface, but it needs no cutting or changing of anything. Just plugs into the CD Changer connections like the DICE.
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I remember seeing a coaxial cable on my cd changer in the trunk. That means I do need the mediabridge with dsp kit right?
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I remember seeing a coaxial cable on my cd changer in the trunk. That means I do need the mediabridge with dsp kit right?

Correct, from what I've heard from other posts. One is digital DSP and the other is Analogue DSP.
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A few cars will have all three connections, 3 pin, 6 pin and coaxial. If you have all three, disconnect the coaxial cable from the CD Changer and see if you still have audio - If you DO have audio, you DON'T need the DSP adapter.
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I found one on ebay and was looking at the specs..


Bluetooth support including microphone
Make Model Year Part Number Compatible Radios Limitations
BMW 3-Series 96-05 MB1500-BMW Non-nav & 16:9 nav 1
BMW 5-Series 97-03 MB1500-BMW 16:9 nav only 1, 2
BMW 7-Series 99-01 MB1500-BMW 16:9 nav only 1, 2
BMW X3 04-09 MB1500-BMW Non-nav & 16:9 nav 1, 2
BMW X5 00-06 MB1500-BMW 16:9 nav only 1, 2
BMW Z3 96-02 MB1500-BMW Non-nav & 16:9 nav 1
BMW Z4 03-09 MB1500-BMW Non-nav & 16:9 nav 1, 2
BMW M-Roadster 99-08 MB1500-BMW Non-nav & 16:9 nav 1
BMW M-Coupe 99-08 MB1500-BMW Non-nav & 16:9 nav 1
BMW M3 96-06 MB1500-BMW Non-nav & 16:9 nav 1
BMW M5 00-03 MB1500-BMW 16:9 nav only 1, 2

Mine is a 2000 with the 4:3 nav. Does that make a difference? Will it not work? Or is it just saying it needs the factory nav in general, whether 4:3 or 16:9?

I uploaded the picture of my trunk setup. I unplugged the black coaxial cable just to see if the radio would work. The radio DOES work with it unplugged. So do I need DSP kit or no?

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Although I don't know for sure, the way the DICE uses the Nav display it should work on either 16:9 or 4:3. Actually the display is nothing to do with it, it's the Nav computer and software that is the determining factor, but I'd say it should work with any Nav computer.
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The DICE unit does seem to work on pretty well any BMW system - I've seen it on all manner of E39s from 1996-2002 and also BMW Minis. There are dip switches that allow it to display correctly for your display type, which basically means if you've got the widescreen it'll show you more information.

To be honest I'm not massively impressed by how the DICE integrates with the screen on my car, but that may be more to do with the software on my nav than anything. But the audio quality is great and it's a very flexible system.
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