Marantz IS201 Universal iPod Dock – Alternative to iPort?

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Marantz IS201 Universal iPod Dock – Alternative to iPort?

Postby AccessHA » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:40 am

Does anyone have any experience with the Marantz IS201 universal iPod dock? This appears to be a great alternative to the rather pricey iPort. It supports RS232 and appears to be well documented on their website. I just ordered one up for $149 on the web.

http://us.marantz.com/Products/1837.asp

Has anyone created a driver or MLGenericDevice file to support it? Any limitations?

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Postby DavidL » Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:06 am

I don't believe anyone has done anything with that dock.
MLGenericDevice might get control over transport controls on the iPod, but playlists, what's playing, the library etc would be way beyond what MLGD is scoped to do. This requires a custom plugin driver to work within the iPod Device Manager (that today only supports the iPort).

I suspect the next supported dock would be Russound's iBridge (not the Marantz) due to the large number of Russound dealers that are using MainLobby today.

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Postby AccessHA » Tue May 01, 2007 7:28 am

HI ST,

Thanks for the quick response as always.

While I don’t know the exact figures, from your statement, it sounds like you have a large number of Russound dealers using/buying ML. The iBridge appears to be a rather expensive and proprietary solution ($399) but I suspect there is a demand. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the importance of adding iBridge support and I also realize Cinemar is moving towards a more “dealer” centric model.

Since I’m a little more budget conscious these days, I was looking for a cost effective alternative. The Marantz unit appears to have the same functionality as the iPort at a fraction of the cost. It also has the ability to be wall or tabletop mounted (nice bonus). Hopefully someone in the development community will see the value in this solution as well.
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Postby pacman » Tue May 01, 2007 10:36 pm

Hi Mario

I know we would buy some russound I bridge plug in's as this is a product that we are intergrating into people homes.

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Postby AccessHA » Tue May 01, 2007 10:48 pm

For anyone interested, I just received the Marantz Universal iPod dock today. Overall build quality is impressive. The RS232 port is a stereo mini-plug so I will need to build a mini-plug to 9-pin cable this weekend. Marantz includes the instructions for building the cable as well as the RS232 codes. Once the cable is built I’ll start testing basic control with ML.

Features include:
  • Compatible with iPod 3rd generation (touch wheel), 4th generation
    (click wheel), iPod Photo, iPod Video, iPod Mini, and iPod Nano
  • Charges iPod (accessory AC adaptor)
  • Table-top / Wall-mount installable dock
  • S-Video out for content browsing (OSD) or iPod Video/Photo
  • Interconnection box for clean cabling
  • RC-5 output for control
  • Dedicated IR Remote
  • RS-232C terminal for iPod control (3.5mm mini plug)
  • Built-in IR receiver which can be used as IR repeater in multi-room
    and custom installations
  • IR flasher input for iPod control (3.5mm mini plug)
  • Three year limited warranty
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Postby Berg » Wed May 02, 2007 9:35 am

AccessHA wrote:Once the cable is built I’ll start testing basic control with ML.

Features include:
  • S-Video out for content browsing (OSD) or iPod Video/Photo


Please do. I would love to hear how that unit is. I have picked up a couple of iPort 2 stations that I am considering converting to RS-232/balanced audio/video units, but I might wait to see how your unit works out.

I would also be curious to see how the OSD on the svideo connection looks.

Good luck.

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Postby AccessHA » Wed May 02, 2007 10:25 am

Berg,

I'll try to post some screenshots of the OSD shortly. I'll also include some additional photos of the unit itself.
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Postby Berg » Wed May 02, 2007 1:27 pm

AccessHA wrote:Berg,

I'll try to post some screenshots of the OSD shortly. I also include some additional photos of the unit itself.


Thanks !

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Postby AccessHA » Wed May 02, 2007 9:48 pm

Berg,

I connected the dock to my flat panel this evening to run some basic tests. The OSD is functional but it’s strictly text based, so no attractive GUI. All the more reason to get this thing up and running with ML. I’ve included a picture of what comes in the package.
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Postby Berg » Thu May 03, 2007 7:40 am

AccessHA wrote:Berg,

I connected the dock to my flat panel this evening to run some basic tests. The OSD is functional but it’s strictly text based, so no attractive GUI. All the more reason to get this thing up and running with ML. I’ve included a picture of what comes in the package.


Thanks AccessHA ! Appreciate it.

The OSD is clearly not up to anything close to what we are looking for.

I guess now I should see if I can get my hands on one.

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Postby AccessHA » Thu May 03, 2007 10:02 am

Berg,

Does the iPort have an OSD? Is it GUI? If so, could you post some pictures?

The DLO HomeDock Pro has a nice GUI OSD but it's more expensive ($299-$350). From what I understand, the Pro edition has RS232 support.

Since I would prefer to control this with ML the OSD was low on the priority list. It looks like the RS232 commands are comprehensive and should allow for full control/status in ML.
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