Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


Klipspringer

2385 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


#119264 26-May-2013 16:25
Send private message

Hey Guys.
Wanting to install a quick A2DP Bluetooth solution into my wifes car so that she can play her music from her iphone and take the occasional call. 

So far I have been looking at these.

GRIFFIN HandsFree BlueTrip Bluetooth w/Aux In 4 iPhone & Smartphones

and

Belkin A2DP Bluetooth AirCast


Anybody had experience with these products or can recommend something else?

Cheers

Create new topic
eXDee
4029 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #825617 26-May-2013 17:12
Send private message

Just between those two, i'd lean towards the belkin due to the Griffin not having an apparent charging port.

I've seen a few nice cradle solutions out there but they dont use bluetooth, eg
http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=511963

 
 
 

You will find anything you want at MightyApe (affiliate link).
Klipspringer

2385 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #825841 27-May-2013 09:15
Send private message

eXDee: Just between those two, i'd lean towards the belkin due to the Griffin not having an apparent charging port.

I've seen a few nice cradle solutions out there but they dont use bluetooth, eg
http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=511963


Cheers. I was actually leaning towards the griffin. Less wiring ...

But just not sure about the voice quality due to the microphone being inside the charging unit itself. That said the car lighter is in the center of the dash so it may work. There is also another USB port in the car which can be used for charging.


chiefie
I iz your trusted friend
5877 posts

Uber Geek

Retired Mod
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #825848 27-May-2013 09:34
Send private message

I got this: XtremeMac InCharge Auto BT, 10W which is iPad compatible as well. https://www.xtrememac.com/en-US/products/chargers/incharge-series/incharge-auto-bt/




Internet is my backyard...

 

«Geekzone blog: Tech 'n Chips Takeaway» «Personal blog: And then...»

 

Please read the Geekzone's FUG

 




paulspain
417 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #825886 27-May-2013 10:43
Send private message

The belkin is actually quite good (a friend installed one recently). Though they prefer to use a wired headset for making calls due to the better quality.

My personal preference is just to swap out the head unit in the car for one with full bluetooth capabilities. Some include a wired mic to sit near the sun visor and you have an excellent (and safe) solution. Cost is typically between $200 - $300 installed.




Paul Spain
Founder: Gorilla Technology, NZ Tech Podcast


ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #826022 27-May-2013 12:16
Send private message

What kind of car does she drive? Does it have a standard DIN/Double DIN slot?




Twitter: ajobbins


Klipspringer

2385 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #826139 27-May-2013 13:14
Send private message

ajobbins: What kind of car does she drive? Does it have a standard DIN/Double DIN slot?


Audi A3, big double DIN radio with steering wheel integration, so its going to be a bit too complicated replacing that. There is already Bluetooth OEM with an aux plug, USB in the glove box. It works pretty well but there is just no A2DP for music streaming.. And that's her pain..



ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #826149 27-May-2013 13:17
Send private message

Klipspringer:
ajobbins: What kind of car does she drive? Does it have a standard DIN/Double DIN slot?


Audi A3, big double DIN radio with steering wheel integration, so its going to be a bit too complicated replacing that. There is already Bluetooth OEM with an aux plug, USB in the glove box. It works pretty well but there is just no A2DP for music streaming.. And that's her pain..




There certainly are options where you can replace the factory unit and still utilize steering wheel control, but seeing as the vehicle has everything but A2DP, that sounds a little extreme.

No factory upgrade or firmware update option available?




Twitter: ajobbins




trig42
5624 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified

  #826154 27-May-2013 13:20
Send private message

You can replace the headunit with one with Parrot/A2DP etc.

I just did it in my Nissan and used: http://www.amazon.com/Axxess-ASWC-1-Universal-Interface-Connector/dp/B00B4PJC9K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369617436&sr=8-1&keywords=awsc1 to interface with the steering wheel.

I did it with a Pioneer Mechless (Single Din) MVH-355BT - it works flawlessly - Bluetooth works fine, as do the steering wheel controls.

It will cost more than the solutions above, but it will do everything. JB have a double Din Pioneer BT unit for $244: http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/car-sound-gps-navigation/mp3-cd-tuners/pioneer/2-din-cd-usb-mixtrax-btooth-sku-30131/

Klipspringer

2385 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #826169 27-May-2013 13:28
Send private message


ajobbins: but seeing as the vehicle has everything but A2DP, that sounds a little extreme.


Thats exactly what I told the missus. Apparently its easier to not have to remember to plug the iphone into the Aux.

ajobbins:

No factory upgrade or firmware update option available?


Thanks, did not even think of that. Will see if there is any type of upgrade available as I think it will be a bit better than replacing the entire unit.



ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #826198 27-May-2013 13:43
Send private message

My girlfriend drives an older (late 90's) Ford. She takes the odd call in the car, and was often doing so by using the phones speaker phone on her lap. She was also using one of those headphone jack to cassette tape adaptors to play music through the factory head unit (yuck).

I saw a JVC unit on sale here for AU$129 which did Bluetooth and A2DP, so I figured I would replace her factory unit with this. Best idea ever.

Took me literally about 15 minutes to install. I purchased 2x Aerpro wiring harnesses from Super Cheap. 1 that matched the cars factory radio harness with an ISO harness at the other end, and 1x ISO to JVC hardness.

I just took the old unit out (30 second job) and unplugged the factory harness. The JVC unit came with it's own mounting sleeve that fit perfectly in the single DIN slot and was secured by little tabs. Once that was in (1 minute), I just connected the 2 harness I had to the factory connector and the new JVC head unit, plugged in the radio antenna and the JVC unit just clicked into place.

Turned the car on and everything worked straight away. The biggest job was positioning the Microphone for phone calls. I ran this down the drivers A pillar and under the dash to where the head unit was. I was able to access the back of the head unit from under the drivers side (just) to plug in the microphone to the head unit (Was a short cord out of the head unit that I was able to feed down to an accessible point). That part was maybe a 10 minute job.

Now she has safe hands free calling and A2DP audio. It sounds really good too. The head unit even will pair two phones simultaneously - which i quite useful when we are both in the car. I can be driving at use the blue tooth for calling, while she control the music streaming over A2DP from her phone.




Twitter: ajobbins


Klipspringer

2385 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #826244 27-May-2013 14:05
Send private message

How does the A2DP audio compare to CD audio and just the radio?
From what I understand the quality is really good? Is the difference between A2DP and an AUX cable noticeable?


trig42
5624 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified

  #826251 27-May-2013 14:08
Send private message

The A2DP is the feature I love most about mine.

Sure, the hands-free calling is good, and seems to work fine (I haven't heard a call placed from my car so do not know about the audio quality of a phone call from the POV of someone I'm calling) but the A2DP means I can just leave the phone in my pocket and play music without looking at the phone. I just plonk it on shuffle and use the wheel controls to change tracks if one pops up I don't want to listen to.

ajobbins
5050 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #826277 27-May-2013 14:22
Send private message

Klipspringer: How does the A2DP audio compare to CD audio and just the radio?
From what I understand the quality is really good? Is the difference between A2DP and an AUX cable noticeable?



Audio quality is great. Haven't listened to a CD in a long time, but I'd say quality is as good. Same applies to AUX cable. Certainly better than stereo FM radio.

The A2DP stream is digital, so I assume the signal isn't going analogue until it gets to the head unit output, which probably helps with quality. It's also nice to be able to use the controls on the stereo (her car doesn't have steering wheel controls) to move between tracks etc, and the track details appear on the screen of the head unit.




Twitter: ajobbins


mclean
578 posts

Ultimate Geek

Subscriber

  #826374 27-May-2013 15:35
Send private message

There's a good review of car-kits here: http://bluetooth-car-kit-review.toptenreviews.com/.  The car-kits generally have far better features for phone use, plus they have the advantage that you can easily change cars.  The downside is that while they can stream music it's not through the car's audio system.

Create new topic





News and reviews »

Synology Introduces BeeStation
Posted 23-Feb-2024 14:14


New One UI 6.1 Update Brings Galaxy AI to More Galaxy Devices
Posted 23-Feb-2024 10:50


Amazon Echo Hub Available in New Zealand
Posted 23-Feb-2024 10:40


InternetNZ Releases Internet Insights 2023
Posted 20-Feb-2024 10:31


Seagate Adds 24TB IronWolf Pro Hard Drives for Multi-user Commercial and Enterprise RAID Storage Solutions
Posted 19-Feb-2024 16:54


Seagate Skyhawk AI 24TB Elevates Edge Security Capacity and Performance
Posted 9-Feb-2024 17:18


GoPro Releases Quik Desktop App for macOS and Introduces Premium+ Subscription Tier
Posted 9-Feb-2024 17:14


Ring Introduces New Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro
Posted 9-Feb-2024 16:51


Galaxy AI Transforms the new Galaxy S24 Series
Posted 18-Jan-2024 07:00


D-Link launches AI-Powered Aquila Pro M30 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Systems
Posted 17-Jan-2024 20:02


Newest LG 4K Lifestyle Projector Doubles as Art Objet
Posted 9-Jan-2024 15:50


More LG Smart TV Owners Set To Enjoy the Latest webOS Upgrade
Posted 9-Jan-2024 15:45


Panasonic Announces the Z95A and Z93A With Fire TV Built In
Posted 9-Jan-2024 15:30


Amazon Echo Pop Review
Posted 8-Jan-2024 14:22


Samsung Tab S9 FE Review
Posted 17-Dec-2023 08:26









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.







Backblaze unlimited backup