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iDatalink Maestro – oh yeah, it’ll change your life.

What if I told you that you can now add the power of your iPhone or Android phone to your car via Kenwood, Pioneer and Sony, and you wouldn’t lose a single feature of your car – in fact, you’ll be adding a bunch that you didn’t even know you wanted?! That’s the reality we’re in now thanks to iDatalink Maestro!

Popping fresh out of the states is a new (for Australia) technology that takes upgrading your car seriously and to a totally new level.Traditionally, retrofitting a car for a head unit upgrade could sometimes be clunky, very costly and in some cases mean that you’d loose some factory features of your car. Well not anymore!

With the Maestro system every compatible car (and the list is growing rapidly) gains the power of something called CAN-Bus wiring which allows for much more complicated things to happen, which in turn opens up opportunities for awesomeness where previously lay only sadness!

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okay - so what does the iDatalink Maestro do?

*scoffs and laughs like a jerk* oh dear reader, the iDatalink Maestro does so much for the integration and upgrade of car audio than you can even imagine.

For one, it standardises the costs of upgrade significantly. Through the use of a single platform (either the Maestro MRR or MRR2), every compatible car starts off with the same part. Then, we add a vehicle specific T-Harness to wire it all in, then simply, a head unit specific patch lead; that's it, job done, features unlocked!

Secondly, it increases the features we're able to retain. For instance, traditionally, if your car had a factory reverse camera from the beginning, but there wasn't a retention harness available - say goodbye to that camera. Now, thanks to the boffins at iDatalink, the general rule of thumb is, if you've got it - you keep it.

Keeping with the theme, if you keep it, the Maestro's probably going to enhance it.

I hope you're sitting down whilst you're reading this, as this is a big one we get asked for ALL THE TIME. Would you like dynamic parking guidelines on your reverse camera? You know, those moving lines that show you where your car's going to end up after turning the steering wheel? Okay, done. To our knowledge the iDatalink Maestro is the only aftermarket solution for this problem. What about when you flick on your indicator to turn left, would you like to see the blind spot on your left? Okay, done. Again, the iDatalink Maestro is the only product that we've seen that can do this, and do it well.

cool thing #1

Standardises cost of upgrading

Through the use of a single platform (either the Maestro MRR or MRR2), every compatible car starts off with the same part. Then, we add a vehicle specific T-Harness to wire it all in, then simply, a head unit specific patch lead; that's it, job done, features unlocked!

Because each and every compatible vehicle needs a Maestro box (MRR or MRR2), a T-Harness and a head unit patch lead, the cost of what's required is virtually the same no matter the car, or head unit.

A Toyota Corolla will need the same parts as a Chrysler 300C.

cool thing #2

increases features that can be retained and added

Traditionally, if you were looking for an upgrade for your 2014 Holden VF Commodore SSV, you'd be looking at a parts bill of around $700 and you would definitely loose vehicle features like the fun 'track pack' type information, parking sensors and access to advanced vehicle features.

With the iDatalink Maestro MRR2, you'd be looking at around $880 and not only would you retain every factory feature you'd get more, such as dynamic reverse guidelines, access to engine fault codes, customisable performance gauges with live information from your ECU, vehicle info such as door open/close, battery voltage, sensor parking overlays and a full car/head unit melding and much more.

Because the Maestro adds a CAN-Bus module to your car, any signal that is produced is no longer analogue, it becomes digital and therefore can be mimic'd and manipulated to perform the correct action and integrate perfectly.

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cool thing #3

helps you get more from your upgrade

The motivation behind upgrading your head unit is almost always to get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in your car to take advantage of seamless phone pairing, maps, music and hands-free calling. Whilst all of our Apple CarPlay and Android Auto units give you this, they've got so much more to offer - and so does your car!

Adding something that integrates your new head unit to you car on a deeper, more functional level than ever before is now a possibility and something that really - sales pitch over - is a game changer.

compatible cars

Right, so what cars are compatible with iDatalink Maestro?

That is a fantastic question. A question that is easily answered! Hop on over to the iDatalink Australia webpage and see if your car is currently compatible. This list is growing rapidly and the plan is to cover off almost all Australian delivered vehicles in the coming 24-36 months. So if your car isn't there now, it should be soon!

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Sweet, so what head units are compatible?

Another great question - you're on a roll! Because the Maestro platform is pretty heavy, it's only available to some units from iDatalink partners. At this time, those partners are Kenwood, JVC, and Pioneer. Not unlike the compatible car list, the number of compatible Maestro units will only continue to grow into the future.

what's the difference?

You've mentioned MRR and MRR2 a few times, what's the difference?

These two products are the basis of the platform, these are in-fact, the Maestro's themselves. The main difference between the two is the features they make available and how they've programmed and configured. The MRR is only configurable via laptop, but the MRR2 can be configured on the fly via Bluetooth as well. 

The MRR is the base edition, this is great for the older cars in the list, or the cars with the more basic setups. It allows you access to your steering wheel controls, and most of the fun added Maestro features mentioned above.

The MRR2 is the advanced version, this provides you access to the whole kit and caboodle as well as some customised, advanced features that we can add, like custom actions and aux 12V accessories. For instance, using the MRR2 and a Kenwood DMX9720XDS, we can add an icon to the screen of your head unit that can control your roof-mounted 40" LED light bar, work lights or even a mounted winch on your 4WD!

What's the verdict

Is iDatalink Maestro with it?

In a nice, short and sweet way - hell yes. We think that iDatalink Maestro is the next generation in car audio and it's something we believe should be in every car and a part of every upgrade. When opting to upgrade your head unit, you already need to get your retrofitting parts - you just have to, they're required. So why not get the absolute best and add features to your car that you'd otherwise miss out on?

To put our money where our mouth is, we'll be installing the iDatalink Maestro MRR2 into my car, the 2018 Holden Colorado Z71 with the Kenwood DMX9720XDS, over the coming weeks and when we do, we'll take you along for the ride to show you exactly how it changes things, what features it adds and just how awesome this kit is!

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