Harman Kardon Drive + Play 2 Mobile Media Manager | iLounge

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1

i want it so bad! It's about time this came around, they almost had it with first version, i think they really nailed it now. can't wait to try it out.

Posted by ~ruindpzzle in san diego, CA on April 25, 2007 at 2:29 PM (PDT)

2

$400 and it doesn't include Bluetooth hands-free out of the box?

Posted by SoCo1187 on April 25, 2007 at 4:57 PM (PDT)

3

I wouldn't pay 200.00 for it. You can buy very good head units from Pioneer, Alpine or just about any brand of your choice for less money. Unlees it comes with an iPod, this is a steep price

Posted by Edmar1213 on April 25, 2007 at 5:54 PM (PDT)

4

While the price is high some drivers are restricted to their options for using their iPod (or any DAP for that) in their cars.
I have a Volvo V50 which I am happy with (comfortable, practical and safe) but due to Volvo using the MOST system on the car the options for wiring in anything is difficult or impossible. The HU is built in so changing it is near impossible (it has been done but involves serious alterations).
So it's down to FM transmitters or FM Modulators (if you want to remove interior panels to find the FM box) and no integration of iPod menu in the HU.

While having screens etc stuck all over the place is unappealing the removal of a lot of the previous models wires makes this slightly more of an option.

True, $400 is a high price but to have a system which allows full access to the iPod menu might be worth the cost. (And that's only £200 at current exchange rates - but I bet the UK price will be £400...)

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on April 26, 2007 at 4:10 AM (PDT)

5

I have the original one and it works pretty well...paid about $400 for it after installation and all that jazz at circuit city. Adding color, to me, isn't all that exciting. It's like upgrading the regular iPod to the iPod Photo.

Until they do video's...I'm waiting

Posted by twitzgall on April 26, 2007 at 7:17 AM (PDT)

6

Until they do video's...I'm waiting

If you're in the U.S., that could be a long, LONG wait, unless they develop some sort of video disable when the car is motion. No manufacturer will have their equipment do video for front seat passengers. Installers out to make a buck might do workarounds, but not the actual equipment makers will allow their front panel displays show video when the car is in operation. Not with all those product liability lawyers just salivating in the wings.

Posted by flatline response on April 27, 2007 at 1:37 PM (PDT)

7

Having just had my new car window's smashed by thugs thinking that the old version's screen was a SatNav (I presume) the most important thing to me is that the display screen is detachable and can be taken away from the car, unlike the old version, but as with Sat Nav units. Does anyone know if this is the case?

Posted by jonnybrock on May 15, 2007 at 9:10 AM (PDT)

8

Now this time the firmware is upgradable, so it is worth investing this one. I have the original one as well.

Posted by yuimyt on May 20, 2007 at 8:38 PM (PDT)

9

I'm interested in the Drive + Play 2, but noticed it's an FM transmitter. How does this compare to the sound quality of the Kensington I have now that plugs into my cigarette lighter?

Posted by vmh1015 on May 21, 2007 at 1:25 PM (PDT)

10

I work at a big box store(wearing blue) and install these units. We are still trying to see if we will carry the 2nd Gen. Drive and Play. As far as vmh1015's post, yes it will sound better than your Kensington cigarette lighter. It comes with a wired modulator. It can be hooked in to 99.9% of vehicles. Many cars will require antenna adaptors though. You can get direct connection if you have an aftermarket stereo with an aux-in or purchase and oem aux-in kit for the factory stereo. The oem parts will cost more though, ranging from 99 to 180 depending on the vehicle. I my self have the first version hooked up through a Kenwood Radio and love the performance, best iPod solution for the car.

Posted by installerman on June 15, 2007 at 12:22 AM (PDT)

11

This has always been a smart means of solving what can be a complicated issue if you are looking for better integration of your iPod into your vehicle of choice (provide said vehicle has no iPod option). I look forward to the second-generation with relish.

[Moderator note: Insult to other readers removed; please avoid ad hominem attacks on fellow readers.]

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on June 18, 2007 at 9:26 AM (PDT)

12

Any chance that they would ever support outputting their video display? I love this product, but it would be great to have a video out to feed into my Navigation screen so I didn't have to have some external display sitting on my dash (or wherever).

Posted by Motaki on June 19, 2007 at 11:56 AM (PDT)

13

I have version 1. How much work will I need to do to fit version 2. Will have I have to start from scratch or can i use the already installed line input and power?

Posted by bloomp on July 1, 2007 at 7:31 AM (PDT)

14

I installed the Drive+Play 2 a few weeks ago and while it is a nice unit, there are a significant number of shortcomings and quirks that you should know about if you're considering buying one.

Posted by NavinRJohnson on July 8, 2007 at 7:46 AM (PDT)

15

NavinRJohnson - can you provide some further detail on the shortcomings and quirks?

Also - is this yet available in the UK??

Posted by adamski on July 18, 2007 at 4:18 AM (PDT)

16

i am using this unit with the new iphone. it is the 1st unit of its type that actually works. Problems i am having are the following:

1. interference (static) coming over the radio station due to the phone being on.

2. For some reason when i disconnect my phone no longer rings... have to do about 3 resets of the phone before it starts working.

3. album art not being displayed.

4. smart lists not working.

i am hoping the new firmware update will coorect these issues... as this unit was released prior to the iphone and apple keeps everything top secret prior to their release.

Am also hoping the people @ hk can figure out a way to have the video play on the display.... now that would be just kick a$$!!!!!

Posted by iphoneuser on July 19, 2007 at 6:53 AM (PDT)

17

For version 1 users, does it support song names in other language on the display other than English? Thanks.

Posted by a25105 on August 17, 2007 at 4:31 PM (PDT)

18

Does it play iPod audio Books and pod-cast.

Posted by Bill Murphy on September 11, 2007 at 10:12 PM (PDT)

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