Question about Droid in car music streaming.

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    Hey guys, I am looking to switch from apple to droid X this weekend and was looking at the available options for accessories for car docks and music streaming but really didn't notice much available.

    I was hoping the car dock had some sort of fm transmitter or auxilary connection but it does not appear to have anything like that.

    My current (theoretical) solution was to buy a Kenwood KIV-700 radio with a Blue tooth module then use the motorola car dock to hold and charge the phone and stream music via Bluetooth (or optionally the usb if it offers some cool functionality).

    I guess my question would be for the existing droid users, do droid phones stream music pretty well? Have a better (or cheaper) option for hooking up droids to the car radio?

    How did other people set theirs up? I'm just wondering if this will all work like I hope it will... before spending all the money. I realize the droid x in particular hasn't been released yet, but I'm thinking the incredible and evo are close enough for government work and may give me some insite on what to avoid. :)
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    I use a Kenwood deck with BT Audio, works really well.
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    I use a pioneer headunit with an aux port. I wouldn't recommend an FM transmitter because sound quality is horrible with those.
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    Really? Out of curiousity does the bluetooth connectivitiy allow you to control the playlist (ff, rew, stop, pause) from the the radio controls and remote.

    Not a deal breaker if it doesn't, would be just really really cool if it did. :)
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    I saw that motorola, that was my first consideration before I started thinking about a new radio with bluetooth. My only problem with it was that I only have one power jack... so I'd be able to charge my phone or the Blue tooth device, but not both. That could get a little awkward for long trips juggling the power from one to the other or for frequent use.

    I'm hoping to get a little better quality of sound through the bluetooth as well, maybe get rid of the FM radio hiss and a little better volume (FM transmitters seem to be quiter then normal radio and cd's from my experience)
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    I use a Dual head unit with BT audio. Works great for audio streaming. Actually better than trying to plug in from the Droid's headphone jack, because if I'm charging, my cigarette lighter is not grounded well and I get a hum on the radio. BT stream takes care of that.

    I don't know if the deck can control audio playback or not... haven't looked or tried. My Droid sits within easy reach, so I just use the touch screen.
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    I spent a few $$ at Radio Shack and bought a splitter that gives me two cigarette lighter ports and one USB. Works fine going into the single jack, as neither of my devices (Droid charger and XM radio power) pull near enough juice do cause problems.
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    When considering which bluetooth capable deck to buy, make sure it can support one of the following BT profiles:

    A2DP: Stream music from device (must control music on device for pause/start, fwd/rev)

    AVRCP: Stream music from device AND control pause/start, fwd/rev from head unit.

    So, if you would like to control the droid's music from the head unit, go for one that supports AVRCP. If you don't care or would rather use the droid's screen to control the music, go for A2DP. Most of the head units I have seen that support AVRCP also support A2DP.
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    Just looked up the specs on mine. The Dual XDH7714 supports A2DP profile.
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    I just read the user manual on that deck. If you read in the "bluetooth operation" section, it states that it supports AVCRP as well. You'll be all set either way you want to use it.
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    I have never had any luck with any FM transmitters except one. For my Sirius radio, I have an antenna relay. I plug my truck antenna into the relay, and the relay plugs into my Sirius, and my radio. I still have to tune to 88.1, but the relay disconnects the outside antenna, so there is no bleed over. I just wish I could hook the real to my droid also.
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