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Mazda CX-7 iPod, Stereo, Sirius, AUX

wjbushsrwjbushsr Posts: 135
After doing a service run to the local dealership today, I always make it a point to bring back the latest news for the 7 crowd.

This time news ain't so good...

The new Ipod connector for the CX-7 will NOT work if you have Sirius or NAVIGATION installed!

From the latest bulletin to the dealerships from Mazda:
The new iPod connection will:
Provide easy hook up to any iPod with the docking connector on the bottom {Gen 3,4,5, Mini, Nano, Photo}
Transfer control of the iPod to the vehicle radio or steering wheel controls {if so equipped}
Charge the iPod battery!

IMPORTANT NOTES

1. If vehicle is equipped with Sirius Satellite Kit or PhatNoise Accessories, the Ipod Integration Module CANNOT be installed as well. {Sat Kit or PhatNoise already using Head unit Connector}
2. For the 2007 My Mazda3, equiped with a standard "Auxiliary Jack", an additional "Switch Box" P/N TD13-79-CFZ is required, to allow both features to function.
3. The Auxillary Jack is NOT an available acc. for retrofit in older Mazdas.
CANNOT BE BE INSTALLED ON A CX-7 WITH FACTORY NAVIGATION OPTION


Sucks to be us, but better to find out now than to order it from Mazda Online and then find out!
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Comments

  • honakerhonaker Posts: 74
    I remember reading that with the nav system, there are AUX inputs on the system. AUX1 was audio and AUX2 was video. Can anyone find where in the manual it says this? or any other info about it? I'd like to get an aux port installed so I can just get an ipod and charger and keep it in the center console, instead of messing around with a bunch of CDs.

    Anyone have any suggestions or info?

    Thanks.
  • zoom49zoom49 Posts: 76
    I'd like to get an aux port installed so I can just get an ipod
    There are two AXU input devices on the market for the Mazda radios that I am aware of. One just adds AUX input with no ability to change chanels on steering wheel (only volume) Other device is designed for ipod with built in charger and full function including display on dash LED screen. Hope these can work for the CX-7
    AuxMod
    Audio Link
  • honakerhonaker Posts: 74
    Hope these can work for the CX-7

    Thanks, I just sent them both inquiries about compatability. Either one would do me, but if I'm going to go to the trouble, seems like I might as well get the iPod connector one if it would work. :)
  • honakerhonaker Posts: 74
    Hope these can work for the CX-7

    AuxMod -- They sent a response saying it would probably work with the CX-7. However, just looking at the pictures (it's a little circuit board), I don't see how they could be confident about it without having seen the CX-7 head unit.

    Audio Link -- these guys also responded. However, they said given how different the unit in the CX-7 looks from what Mazda has been using, they're not comfortable saying they think it'll work. They asked for the model # (on top of the unit) or a pic of the connections in the back, but I'm not a car stereo do it yourselfer, so I'm not about to start trying to take apart the dash. I'll just wait for the CX-7s to penetrate the market a little and see what iPod solutions surface.

    Thanks for the recommendations, though. :)
  • I have seen the base model CX-7 at my local dealership but I haven't been able to sit in a fully loaded version with Tech package, so I have a few questions to ask for the current owners or for other people who have seen a fully loaded CX-7.

    To start the ignition for the models with keyless start/entry, is there a ignition start/stop button simiilar to the Toyota's and Infiniti?

    And I also wanted to confirm that AUX inputs are not avaialble for and portable music device?

    I am debating between this crossover and the RDX, it just seems as though a fully loaded Acura is going to be around $37k with availability in late August. I would like to see the dark blue in person but I can't seem to find anything in the bay area. The only biggest "concern" I have is purchasing a first year vehicle. My current car is a Honda which has been trouble free, and Mazda's have been less reliable. Thus I'm considering leasing this vehicle, but I've only seen one quote that has been posted on this site.
  • honakerhonaker Posts: 74
    To start the ignition for the models with keyless start/entry, is there a ignition start/stop button simiilar to the Toyota's and Infiniti?

    You still "crank" the ignition. They have a removable cap that goes on top and turns it into a little knob. If you remove the knob, then you still have the keyhole, which you might need to use if the batteries in your keyless creditcard thingy are dead. Oh, and yes, the ignition is illuminated so you don't need to fumble around in the dark. :)

    And I also wanted to confirm that AUX inputs are not avaialble for and portable music device?

    There's no place to plug in AUX devices. There is a Device button on the controls, and a Satellite button. It seems like I read there are AUX1 (audio) and AUX2 (video) inputs on the back, but I'm not brave enough to take apart the dash or handy enough to do anything with the ports even if I could get to them.

    When someone figures out an iPod interface that's compatible, then I'll probably buy one of those and have it installed.
  • wjbushsrwjbushsr Posts: 135
    There's no place to plug in AUX devices. There is a Device button on the controls, and a Satellite button. It seems like I read there are AUX1 (audio) and AUX2 (video) inputs on the back, but I'm not brave enough to take apart the dash or handy enough to do anything with the ports even if I could get to them

    If you look at the back of the owner's manual; you'll see that the button for the Media input is not available since it's an option. According to the aftermarket rep that sold me my Sirius unit; that option is for markets OUTSIDE of the U.S. :(

    I picked up my CX-7 on the 7th of this month and I'm geeked about it!
    Heads are turning on almost every street I hit, and the pick up on lane changes is phenomenal!
    FWD Copper Red w/ Black Interior and the Tech package.
    Killer...
  • thom_ythom_y Posts: 6
    I have just ordered a CX-7 (GT, AWD, with AM/FM/CD Bose stereo with NAV package (Canada)) and eagerly awaiting delivery. Meanwhile, I am desperately trying to find an aftermarket iPod integration kit that will allow me to hardwire my iPod into the stereo system to use as an AUX input. Ideally, I would like to be able to control my iPod through the car radio (e.g. select Artists/Albums/Songs directly), but this is not essential. I have contacted a number of aftermarket manufacturers who say their kit is not compatible with the CX-7. Some of the local car stereo dealers are similarly not able to find a compatible solution. I don't want to consider a FM modulator connection, as I have been rather unimpressed with both wireless and wired FM systems. Thanks for your help. How can we get Mazda interested in partnering with Apple for a dealer installed kit ??
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    There have been posts in the past concerning this topic. Put in the key word "aux" or "iPOD" into the search engine in this forum.

    One of guys came up with http://www.therpmstore.com/product_info.php?cPath=57_58&products_id=142

    Apparently they have kits that work with other Mazda models, but couldn't guarantee their product would work with the CX7

    Vince.
  • honakerhonaker Posts: 74
    I also looked around for an iPod integration kit for the CX-7, and kept being told "not yet, it's too new." I'll probably wait a few months and look again.

    Meanwhile, the CX-7 with nav will play mp3 CDS, so that's 40-50 albums without needing to switch out CDs.

    If you find the iPod integration solution, please post it. :)

    James
  • wjbushsrwjbushsr Posts: 135
    Here's a weird thing I found online while looking for reviews of the CX-7.
    It seems the Australian version of the CX-7's Tech package will NOT have the rear camera, but instead will offer backup sensors.

    If this is true, then the MEDIA button on the dash may well be for adding DVD or another audio source. {Kind of like it says in the handout that came on the shifter when you pick the car up...}

    Remember; this option IS not available to the U.S. market!

    The ONLY other way that I've seen to get the Ipod intergrated is to sub the Ipod in place of the Sirius unit by way of an aftermarket conversion like the Harmon Kardon D1.

    Me, I'm waiting til some ambitous geek comes up with an idea that'll make him a ton of money so I can have my 'Pod with my Tech Package. :shades:
  • masonlmasonl Posts: 1
    I just picked up a Mazda CX-7 with the Technology package which includes the upgraded Bose 9 speaker Surround Sound with Audio-Pilot. My question is: does anyone know if this radio has RDS which shows the Song Title and Artist on the display for a radio station? I don't see any reference to this feature in the owner's manual but I can't believe that a sophisticated sound system like this doesn't have it when my Dodge Caravan does.

    Thanks.

    Larry
  • wjbushsrwjbushsr Posts: 135
    No RDS on the CX-7...

    I had it on my Camry XLE, and while it was nice to have at times; I doubt that I'll miss it when I compare it to the Centerpoint sound of the Bose, WOW!

    By the way if you have a CD burner on your computer, {who doesn't, right?} you can download Real Audio's Realplayer and it offers CD Text writing for FREE!

    CD Text writing will allow you to record your CDs AND give them titles, all which show up on the Tech package display screen. Other players/ programs offer this ability, but if you're looking for iTunes, or Windows Media... forget it, they don't!
    Also, you can burn your mp3s to a disc and have the same info, but it looks better on a CD Text disc!
  • suniljmsuniljm Posts: 10
    I couldn't find this on another thread, but I couldnt find details on the CX-7 single disc stand CD player. I test drove a CX-7 this weekend (w/o technology package) and the salesman was 99% sure that the standard CD player was NOT MP3 compatible. I was shocked to hear this for a 2007 model car. Can anyone confirm if the basic CD player does in fact play MP3's? I canot afford to spend the extra $4000 for the technology package or to upgrade to the Bose sound package in order to get MP3 capability. Also does anyone know about any after market solutions? TIA
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    You should be able to play MP3. Here's a link to the owner's manual. Look up the audio section - there's several pages devoted to MP3.

    http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/pdf/manuals/2007CX7OM.pdf

    Vince
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    The standard CD player is not MP3 compatible. Mazda does sell an optional 6-cd/mp3 changer for $525. It's certainly not cheap but you don't have to buy the Tech package to get it.
  • suniljmsuniljm Posts: 10
    The manual doesn't seem to indicate MP3 capability for the single-disc standard CD player. Are you sure you are interpreting this correctly?

    >>>>
    Replying to: suniljm (Jul 05, 2006 4:37 am)

    You should be able to play MP3. Here's a link to the owner's manual. Look up the audio section - there's several pages devoted to MP3.

    http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/pdf/manuals/2007CX7OM.pdf

    Vince
  • vbbuiltvbbuilt Posts: 498
    Here's a question for all of you experts: Where are the 9 speakers? I count only 7: Three speaker grills in the dash, and one each of the 4 doors. I'm going nuts trying to figure this out.

    In the trunk, there's the amp...where are the woofers?

    Not a clue in any of the owners manual nor is it explained in the Mazda website.

    Vince.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I think they are behind the trunk side trim.
  • wjbushsrwjbushsr Posts: 135
    Three on the front dash, two woofers on the front doors, two woofers on the rear passenger doors, and two mid/ tweets on the rear pillars on the back where the hatch is.

    The three in the front are mid/ tweets as well.

    Bose usually doesn't use sub-woofers, {although I have heard of some units that actually do... go figure} But each speaker has its own amplifier.
    Tip to those who might want to go aftermarket on your systems... Don't! :cry:
    It'll cost you more than you think to rip out the setup and rewire the vehicle for it. If by chance you have a Bose speaker go out; off the shelf aftermarkets {Pioneer, Sony,etc.} won't work either. Go back to the dealership or contact Bose for an authorized service center. ;)
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