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May 28, 2012 HD Radio Retrofit to Factory-Installed Stereo
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Brad from Panama City, FL
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When we bought a 2010 Mazda 3, my wife insisted on iPod integration. The Mazda brochure talked about the feature and the dealership offered it for a reasonable price, so we bought it. What they actually supplied was an after-market adapter that didn't integrate with the factory stereo, nor did it charge the iPod. They then gave us a different after-market product that would charge the iPod, but introduced noise into the signal.

When it died a year later, I saw the iSimple Gateway. It promised full iPod integration along with noise-free charging. It also offered an option for HD Radio, something I had long wanted. Sonic Electronix had it in stock for a good price. B**t B*y agreed to install it along with the iSimple Gateway.

iPod and iPhone 4 music player integration both work as promised, and the HD radio is a real pleasure to listen to, though there is a slight hiss. All factory controls (both on head unit and steering wheel) continue to work.

The iSimple Gateway offers a choice of either Sirius or HD radio. You can't have both. This wasn't a problem for me. I prefer free HD radio to the monthly expense of Sirius. I dinged the product's "Features" for this reason, however.

The iSimple HDRT tuning is also a little fiddly. Instead of having an HD-only mode, you tune to the station and then wait a moment to tune past it to get the HD signal. Preset buttons can store the location of the HD station so you can switch to it automatically (with a moment delay). Somebody who hasn't read the manual or been given instructions will not be able to figure out how to make it work, so I dinged the product's "Ease of Use."
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