Basically, this is the best way to add iPod/iPhone or music streaming to your Aston Martin built between 2004 and 2008 (apart from the Vanquish which was only capable in 2007).
This is how the story goes; Dension have made the fibre optic based connectivity kit, the Gateway 500 for many years, mainly for the likes of Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Volvo. A conversation at the AM factory back in late 2006 asking ‘wouldn’t it be good to add an iPod kit’, started the development of the Gateway for use with Aston Martin. Through a friend, Dension designers were invited to come over from Hungary to come and data log the MOST fibre optic on a 2005 V8 Vantage at the Press Workshop at AM Headquarters at Gaydon. From this it was deduced that it was a version of Volvo II protocols that Aston used and these were coded into the Gateway 500 control box for the next software release. Although the control interface some consider clunky, when using it with the Aston’s radio display, it really was the only option we had to get some sort of display. When the Gateway is correctly set up, you can view tracks and also control the music through the existing radio controls. With the addition of the Bovee Tune2Air, also listed in our shop, this makes the whole thing wireless and you can then stream any stored music from your phone straight to the car or any other music streaming service such as Spotify or Amazon music through to internet radio and iPlayer radio. Please ask if you would any further information on that. When we supply the box, we make the fibre optic connections ready to connect to the car in the simplest possible way, we also plug everything into the control box so you can see all the connections in place before you start. We are also then on hand with help on how your Aston comes to pieces and the whole process of installation.
Please note, this information only pertains to the Gateway 500, not the 500S or the 500BT, these kits don’t have the correct protocol to work with Aston Martin built into them.