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    What's a good Bluetooth Car Stereo?

    Title pretty much gives it away. I'm tired of using an FM Transmitter and am considering purchasing an entirely new car stereo with bluetooth capabilities to play music from my android phone. Ideally, said car stereo would have the following features (in order of most important to least important)
    1. Play music from phone without audio wires
    2. Controls on stereo hardware can change settings on phone (next, previous, pause, maybe volume)
    3. Work with my audio applications (, Pandora, others)
    4. Display track information on stereo screen
    5. Some capabilities for dealing with phone calls.

    I don't even need it to be a CD player. I've seen some Sony and JVC and other devices in my local car stereo places but am wondering what the rest of you have used and know is good.
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    I just use my Motorola roadster it just wish I could start a text from scratch with voice commands.

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    What's your price range? What size? Double din with a large touch screen, or single din, which has a more slender front?

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    I would say my range is under $200. It could be single or double din, my car has space for double, but I don't need a touchscreen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohioDroid View Post
    I would say my range is under $200. It could be single or double din, my car has space for double, but I don't need a touchscreen.
    Alpine CDE-133BT hands down! It's $159 and not only does Bluetooth for calls but, streams audio as well. Plus, you'd be hard pressed to top the sound quality of an Alpine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid DOES!! View Post
    Alpine CDE-133BT hands down! It's $159 and not only does Bluetooth for calls but, streams audio as well. Plus, you'd be hard pressed to top the sound quality of an Alpine
    I will second that. I just installed my CDE-133BT tonight and it works very well with my Nexus. It supports both A2DP and AVRCP. I was going to create a post for anyone else that might be looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReaganSmash View Post
    I will second that. I just installed my CDE-133BT tonight and it works very well with my Nexus. It supports both A2DP and AVRCP. I was going to create a post for anyone else that might be looking.
    What exactly are A2DP and AVRCP? I mean I can guess they are Bluetooth protocols for audio data but I don't really know anything about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohioDroid View Post
    What exactly are A2DP and AVRCP? I mean I can guess they are Bluetooth protocols for audio data but I don't really know anything about it.
    A2DP is basic audio streaming without controls, and AVRCP is audio streaming with control from the head unit. On this deck, I change my source to BT and it automatically launches the Google Music app and starts playing. Then of course you can switch songs. I'm still figuring out the full capability as I just set it up tonight and have no other experience. Will post back if I find anything else significant.
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    Did you install it yourself or have some techs do it? From what I can tell, installing a car stereo looks pretty easy... but I wouldn't be surprised if there's some kind of trick to make sure it doesn't vibrate when I'm driving or who knows what.
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    I did it. It was pretty simple, but my car was already set up for an aftermarket deck and I've done it a few times in the past. If it's your first time, I highly recommend buying from Crutchfield or having it professionally done. If you go to Crutchfield and select your car, they'll tell you what fits, what you'll need in the way of a wire harness and trim kit, and give you step-by-step directions specific to your car. That said, it doesn't always mean it's an easy task and they only let you see generic instructions until you order, so you should do some research and find out what you're getting into. Lessons learned the hard way can be expensive and it should be less than $100 to have it done by a pro.
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