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Mazda5 Audio & Entertainment Questions



  • kw_dakw_da Posts: 76

    See post#37. It has both the ipod interface & aux input. The ipod interface is better than Mazda's since you can control the ipod thru either the headunit or the ipod click wheel when it is plugged in. I installed one of these and it works great. I believe that the price is now cheaper too. Not too hard to install, just be careful taking off the shifter plate.

  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I was asking about the Genuine Mazda Accessory auxiliary input. I'm aware of the iPod integration module, but have never seen the aux input as an accessory.
  • riproyriproy Posts: 57
    I received a Sirius sat radio and would like to hardwire it to the stereo. I am trying to minimize the amount of wires visible and 'medicman' says that you do not need to mount the antenna outside. Is this a fact? The instructions that came with the radio clearly state that it should be mounted on the roof. What have others done?
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    I tucked my antenna wire under the dash, up the door seaming welt and along the headliner to the rear hatch where it mounts just behind the radio antenna. Took about 10 minutes and you can only see it where it comes out under the dash. The wire is so thin it can be simply tucked in almost anywhere.
  • vinnyfastvinnyfast Posts: 33
    My aux input was professionally installed and worked with switching the mode to EX to hear sound. Very clear, but now I've decided to add some serious entertainment, so I won't be needing this module anymore. If anyone is interested in buying it, only used for about an hour, I'll be willing to let it go for $100. I've ordered a replacement double din facplate , and will be installing a Pioneed Avic-D3 nav unit with DVD, plus I've already ordered and received 2 7" Hitachi headrest units. I have another separate DVD player with tv tuner which will fit into the glovebox, with remote sensor. A $750 security/remote starter system will finish off the installation process. I'm also planning on replacing the current 17" rims with 18"[PKG_TIRE]&checked_size=18&&pk- g_tire=[PKGTIRE]&cart=1&brand=RPM&PICNUM=2231&&checkAvailable=F&name=R-505%20BLA- CK%20CHROME&make=MAZDA&model=5%2006-07&size=18 , but haven't been able to locate this model in Canada yet. They'll have 225/35ZR18 rubber to compliment. I'm also in the process of sourcing out a supercharger, but won't do that install until the warranty runs out in about 40k. :)
  • john707john707 Posts: 1
    I just purchased what sounds like the same item from Total cost was $124. It is actually more than a cable. There is a small (3x1.5x.75 inch) box with a cable that plugs into the back of the stereo and another cable that plugs into the IPOD. The device has an IPOD input that plugs into the bottom and a second 1/8in earphone jack that allows you to use any other MP3 player.

    IPOD control is similar to the factory version. Hit the CD button twice and the IPOD comes up. You can scroll through play lists (made in advance) and advance or back-up a song. Song duration displays on the dash but title/artist does not.

    Installation was not difficult but it did take about 3 hours, mostly because I was very cautious about taking apart our new car. I routed the cable to the cup holders between the front seats. This location provides much easier access to the IPOD than the glove box but it would also be very easy to run the cables to the glove box as well.

    Sound quality is excellent (or at least up to the quality of the factory radio). This little thing made me wonder why I spend the extra money for the in dash CD changer.
  • athenasiusathenasius Posts: 118
    it sounds great. will you be able to use the steering wheel controls with the avic-D3? send pictures when you get it done. i could not find the faceplate on the site. how much is it?
  • kanatakanata Posts: 22
    I chose not to run the antenna cable along the headliner because of the side curtain air bags. What happens if they deploy and there is a cable across them? Will the bags become ineffective because they've been deflected, or will the cable be whipped into someone's head?

    My antenna is on the roof next to the radio antenna. I ran the cable around the rear door seal, over the rear step, and along the floor to the front.
  • packrempackrem Posts: 1
    I just had the Ipod integration module installed yesterday by Mazda. Is there any way to shuffle the music? I am so frustrated to listen to the music in alphabetical order by artist. I am upset that I spent $300 on this. It does sound great but UGH! Thanks in advance
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    In any music menu, press the Random button on your head unit and it will go into shuffle mode. Also, ask your dealer for the little tri-fold user guide; you may find it helpful.
  • vinnyfastvinnyfast Posts: 33
    ">Have had the Pioneer AVIC-D3 installed about a month now. Had to pay extra ($120) for a cable and ECM so I can control the Pioneer from the steering wheel controls. Works great! I can tune radio, change IPOD songs, change source, volume, and more. The IPOD adapter cable was only $30, and I also added a bluetooth adapter ($200) for my phone.This also works great as I can add my contacts to the address book within the Pioneer unit - it has a 15gb HD built in. I added direct RCA's to the subwoofer - 2 12" with Fosgate amp, which gives me better control of the subs and sound. There is a second DVD player with built in TV tuner in the glovebox, which sends video and audio to the rear 7" headrests. i also have the option of watching the same thing on the Pioneer - when it's in park only. I also added a 2-way paging security/car starter system with keyless entry/auto lock-unlock and auto arm-disarm feature. This includes shock and microwave sensors, and keeps the existing factory alarm system. Everything works great except for the navigation and vehicle dynamics which is in the process of being resolved. Apparently, Mazda doesn't have a speed sensor cable to hook into the Pioneer, which it needs to maintain accuracy of the navigation. Final thing I added, for now, is aluminum door sills on all 4 doors with blue Mazda LED lighting when the doors are open. Oh, almost forgot to mention the rear (inside) night vision camera which can be seen on the 6.1" Pioneer screen automatically when in reverse, or by switching to it when driving. Still waiting another 4 weeks for my 18" black rims with Hankook UHP tires to arrive. Once I have that, I will post pictures. You can check out where I picked up the dash kit, which looks great, but pricey at $230 including shipping. :shades:
  • kanatakanata Posts: 22
    I decided not to renew my Sirius subscription and removed the equipment from my Mazda5.

    The antenna is held on magnetically. Horror upon horrors, when I lifted it up I found a great amount of rust underneath it. Although I cleaned up most of it it looks like some of it permeated the paint. The magnetic metal strips on the antenna look like over time had vibrated and scored the paint.

    I suggest that everyone who has installed a magnetic mounted antenna regularly remove it and clean any rust that is present. Also it would be a good idea to protect the paint with a layer of wax or other treatment that reduces the chance of rust buildup without reducing the magnetic holding strength.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Mazda's system uses an adhesive backed antenna, so this would seem to only be an issue with aftermarket units.
  • kanatakanata Posts: 22
    This sytem was provided by Mazda when I bought the car.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Was it fully integrated into the head unit or did it have a separate display?
  • mdchachimdchachi Posts: 275
    I bought an 2006 Mazda 5 a couple of months ago. It had Sirius already installed and activated. It's been working all this time. How do Sirius subscriptions work? When can I expect it to go dead?
  • kanatakanata Posts: 22
    It was a separate unit.
  • kanatakanata Posts: 22
    The one-year subscription provided with the 2006 Mazda began when the system was activated. About one year after I activated mine the programming stopped and was replaced with a text message that advised to call a 1-800 number to resubscribe.

    In Canada go to to get the information on activating/subscribing for new and existing accounts.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    Mazda's factory/dealer integrated systems come with a 6-month subscription.
  • maltbmaltb Posts: 3,572
    If it was a separate display, it wasn't a Mazda unit and that's why it had a magnetic antenna.
  • mdchachimdchachi Posts: 275
    Thanks. The car is over six months old. So I guess my question is what are the subscription renewal periods after you've subscribed? Also six months? Or are there multiple plans? If I'm lucky the previous owner set up an automatic payment plan out of his checking account and won't notice it for a couple of years. :)
  • I just bought a Mazda 5 about a week ago and negotiated a dvd player into the deal. It was installed by the dealer today and is an Advent adv100 model with a 7" screen. I was a little worried about how the viewing would be in the 2nd row because I have the moonroof. I am quite pleased with how it came out and watching it in the 2nd row is no problem. It came with an fm modulator and 2 wireless headsets. This will definitely make the kids happy for long drives!
  • Just upgraded to Pioneer 4-way and 3-way (in the back) for the door and back mounts. Best Buy sells Pioneer 6x8s which specifically fit Ford and Mazda. They sound positively great - the audio unit puts out more than enough power; it was the factory speakers that were crap. Well worth your $300; 2 bills for the speakers and one bill for installation.
  • riproyriproy Posts: 57
    Very interesting. Do the 6x8s fit both front and back? If not, what did you put in the back?
  • w00000tw00000t Posts: 23
    Man...I spent a good 15 minutes burning an MP3 C.D. only to put it in my 2006 Mazda5 and all it did was play SILENCE. Come on now, this is a 2006 vehicle, and NO MP3 support??!!! Oh well..My old Chevy didn't support MP3 either. I was just hoping/thinking... you know... the Mazda5 would have it. Oh wells.
  • The Mazda5 has the option, but I believe is not by default on any trim. It has to be ordered either when new at the dealer or via a reseller. Business, business! $$. Now the 2008, has a Aux/input for like ipods or any MP3 player but too late for many of us :D.
  • So what is the deal with the DVD system?! The brochure lists it as O/A, which I take to mean "accessory". Is that right? NO Mazda5's are coming off the boat with a DVD system installed?

    Another message in this thread indicated that the DVD system was installed as the cars came off the boat....

    DVD is a must, but seems to be what NO dealers are able to get. None of them (corresponding with 5 dealers so far...) have offerred to put the system in on their own.

    Yes, I could go aftermarket... but that is not my preference (and I just got a quote on a Dual screen headrest system that is $400 MORE than the dealer rate for the DVD system).

  • I am trying to install a Kenwood Double Din in the 5 but can not find a dash kit anywhere. I tried your link but they are gone to Chinese New Year and I did not see any on their site. I bought the IPOD interface from Mazda but as everyone else I do not like it. I am sitting here with my Kenwood I pulled out of my trade w navi, Blue tooth and Ipod and really miss it. Any help will be appreciated
  • hey not sure if you can follow this link, you might have to copy and paste.
    vinnyfast, "Mazda5 Audio & Entertainment Questions" #68, 13 Apr 2007 11:58 am#67

    if not it says #68 of 91 title Re:DVD entertainment?

    hope that helps. follow the links.
  • yysyysyysyys Posts: 51
    Is 2008 Mazda5 In-dash 6-disc CD changer plays mp3 CD? Thanks.
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