Signal Hill, Calif. - Dice has begun shipping its Silverline Duo interfaces, enabling control of an aftermarket Sirius tuner and a connected iPod or iPhone from a vehicle's factory radio controls, touchscreen controls, and steering-wheel-mounted controls.
Various Silverline Duo modules are available at a suggested $189 for select Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Honda, Acura, BMW, Mini, Nissan and Infiniti vehicles.
With the module, a Sirius SC-C1 tuner (or select Sirius transportables) and an iPod/iPhone can connect simultaneously to a factory radio. The module will also charge the iPod/iPhone. With a no-cost firmware upgrade, the Duo's satellite-radio port can be turned into an aux input to connect other types of portable music players or smartphones to the factory system via 3.5mm analog input. The 3.5mm connection, however, doesn't charge the connected device or enable operation of the player from the factory controls.
Forthcoming firmware upgrades will enable the Duo to control selected Internet radio apps that the company demonstrated at International CES. The firmware will enable the factory head to command and control the apps and display music information on screen when connected to an iPhone. To display music data, the factory head must be text-capable.
An optional IR remote is also available.
DUO uses balanced audio technology, factory-radio impedance correction, ground isolation and low-harmonic-distortion parts to maximize sound quality, the company said. The module's audio output levels can be matched to the factory system level through the embedded setup software.