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Recommended Bluetooth car kit - phone and music?

Discussion in 'Android Accessories' started by jantman, Jan 21, 2010.

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    I absolutely love my Droid, but using it in the car is a royal pain. I used to have a Parrot kit (the LS-CK3200 or something) for my old Treo, but it was awful (probably the fault of the phone).

    I'm open to buying either a car kit or a full head unit that does all of the BlueTooth stuff builtin.

    Specifically, I'm looking for something (either car kit or head unit) that does:
    - Good quality stereo audio with full remote control (play/pause/next/prev)
    - Possibly a steering wheel control for audio and calls
    - Receive and place calls
    - Display caller ID and, preferably, photo
    - Address book sync
    - Voice dial through the Droid would be great.

    Any recommendations for something that does as much of this as possible? I see other threads on the forum for either handsfree calling or audio, but can't find any that mention both (with a full-featured unit).

    Thanks for any tips.
    -J
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    I'd be interested to try the Parrot PMK5800 or Venturi Mini. I want something exactly similar to what you are describing. These two I feel would work for my needs, I've read a lot of reviews on it and really wanted someone to test it out with the Droid. I might take the plunge and get one, let me know if you do or if you find something better.
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    you need a BURY CC9060.....hands down the best bluetooth car kit there is...check out www.dunnonsite.com for videos and more info
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    Can you comment on what features work with the Droid? Music playing/control? Call intiation? Phone book sync? Voice dial?

    ... or was this just spam?
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    No checkout the site. It's not spam it appears to be a pretty awesome unit... then again for 300 bucks it should. I feel the droid has a lot of those features built in and i can't defend the 300 dollar price for it. I do feel it could quite possibly be the best out there, but almost too much for what i need and too much in price.
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    Do you actually own one? No offense, but I'm looking for first-hand opinions. When I got my old Parrot kit, everyone recommended it, said it was wonderful, but it had some *major* bugs with the Treo 700p.

    Also, as to Droid having those features built in, my goal here is to be able to do whatever I need to with my phone (receive and place calls, play music) without ever taking it out of the holster.
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    I have heard that the parrot minikit slim plays nice with the droid. Granted it does not stream music and it is a single speaker. But It does do contact voice dialing & auto phonebook sync. (the person who reviewed it on the newegg site said it was the only way to do voice/handsfree dialing- contact list dialing-)

    I don't know how accurate that info is but overall that kit has gotten good reviews
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    Hmm... I'll have to check out the reviews on the other Parrot kits... I also really liked (of course now I can't remember whether it was Parrot or another company) one kit I saw that had an optional wireless steering wheel remote, for cars like mine that have cruise control (but are too old to have audio controls). Of course, it seems that despite all the media hype about the Droid, none of the manufacturers have added it to their compatibility lists yet...
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    Just went back to the Parrot site and found the Droid (I missed it the first time - listed as the Motorola Milestone/Droid) on the compatibility list for their flagship MKi9200 car kit.

    Listed as compatible, but mentions:
    - No automatic phonebook synchronization with this model.
    - Streaming can not be controled [sic] from the MKi9200
    - Fast forward / rewind on audio file : Information not available
    - How to initiate the streaming ? : Information not available
    - Streaming may encounter problems after a call
    - 45573: [Motorola Milestone (Droid)] Popup "synchronising..." appears after every call

    Oh well....
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    Soundfly BT

    I use this Soundfly BT Ultimate Bluetooth Car FM Transmitter. It doesn't meet the criteria of storing a phone book or Caller ID; but I have my Droid mounted near my fingertips, so I don't need those feature.

    Soundfly BT Ultimate Bluetooth Car Fm Transmitter WMA/MP3 Player for SD Card, USB Stick, iPhone 3Gs & 3G, iPod, Zune | Satechi

    My Droid automatically pairs with it when I get into my car. It's mic is external so I was able to run the mic's wire under my console and behind the windshield pillar cover so that it is attached to my visor. The transmitter has a slot for an SD card. So not only can you play A2DP audio from your Droid through the car speakers, you can also play music from the SD card inserted in the transmitter. The transmitter has a hidden keypad behind a dropdown door to access its menu of functions. It also has a tiny IR remote that works well if you point it directly at the transmitter.

    All in all it is a great handsfree, A2DP stereo solution for your Droid if your car does not have built in bluetooth.

    It isn't cheap at $69...but well worth the price for me. Satechi has great customer service as well. I had purchased another manufacturers transmitter from them that stopped working after a year. They sent me a new Soundfly BT without me even asking for a replacement after I had only inquired as to whether the broken transmitter could be fixed.
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    I have the bury kit and it does everything that you could ask......I can stream all media from the kit over my car stereo....including GPS audio....
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    Dunnonsite.com is my best friends site but if you look at all the videos on the site that have a bb storm that is me......there is one video with the Droid also....I have a lot of expierence with this kit so if yo have questions ask away.
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    we are looking for a good bluetooth car kit that will connect to the droid via bluetooth then connect to the radio based on the desired station selected. Clarity is the biggest factor for me. Any ideas on any recommendations, how well to they work? Do they have a mic on the adapter or is there an extra remote control unit?
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    I have my bury kit connected to my Alpine stereo via aux cable through the back....all I do is hit the aux button on my stereo then all the audio from the Droid goes through it...all hands free
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    i just got a Parrot MKi9100. i will let you guys know how it works once i get it installed.
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    Which model? And does it do any/all of the fancy stuff (phonebook, photos, initiate call, voice dial) with the Droid?

    Cool. Looking forward to hearing the results...
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    installed it yesterday, and its pretty slick. took me about 2 hours with a harness. i have an 08 accord coupe.
    plays music, and sounds almost at good as the line in, but not quite.
    the voice recognition is OK, but not great, maybe i need to figure it out a little more.
    only had one call on it, and it was good. at highway speeds, my car gets a little noisy with the low profile tires, and i could hear. the other party said my car was noisy. i think i need to find a better location for the mics.
    compared with my wifes built in Nissan armada bluetooth, i think the parrot is much better.
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    I just got the MOTOROKR T505 from verizon. Figured I could return it for free, no restocking fee and such. It's really great actually. The sound quality is perfect as long as you find a good station, which is also super easy since you can push the scan button and it will find you one that isn't in use then read it out loud. You can easily adjust it while driving if you are on a long drive and going through diff. cities. It's got phone and music, pauses music and reads off phone number of person calling. It's got a car charger as well you can use it while its charging. The call quality is pretty good, haven't tested the mic yet though. It auto connects to your droid after it's paired. auto turns off after 10 min if nothing is connected i just flip it on when i get in my car, it hangs on the visor. Just wanted to share, it's got really great sound quality, also it has an internal speaker if you don't want to route through your cars. It can go pretty loud, but the droid can do the same thing better so not a huge deal. Nice if your not on the radio station though.
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    Works Great

    Ok. So, I got my Parrot MKi9200 today and had Best Buy install it for me and I have the DROID. I thought I might share what I found with you. For those who don't know this system allows you to use your cars stereo system to listen to music and make phone call with voice recognition over Bluetooth.
    Calls:
    -Phone book syncs perfectly (no pictures unless you push them one at a time)
    -Caller ID shows up perfectly
    -Phone reception in car = Amazing
    -Phone reception on other side = Great
    Music:
    -Bluetooth audio features are limited and doesn't sound prefect, but still pretty good
    -No album art (this is true of any Bluetooth connected phone including the IPhone)
    -Back and next track work fine
    -Pause button works, but resuming is buggy sometimes it work and mostly it doesn't
    Combine Features:
    -When a call comes in music pauses, but doesn't resume
    Note:
    All other goodies work as advertised. I already had an iPod touch and hooked that up the iPod connector in the glove box and get high quality audio, back and forward track, album art on the unit, and seamless music to phone call and back to music transitions. This is definitely the way to go. The best part is it is not my phone so I just leave it there hooked up and it is always ready to go.

    Hope this helps all you DROID fans!
    ~G
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    Thanks to all who posted their experiences. I think I'll pick something up in the next few weeks, and I'm definitely leaning towards the Parrot MKi9200, despite the hefty price tag (which may increase depending on how it interfaces to my stereo).
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