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Topic # 154820 8-Nov-2014 23:22
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Sorry if this is a fairly obvious post, but I just wanted to share a brilliant little device that I imported form Amazon, which basically plugs into my car's auxiliary input and receives wireless bluetooth from my phone, saving me from ever having to plug in my phone when I step into my car.

Its called the Kinivo BTC450



I just wanted to share it with you because I've had such a good experience with it. For some reason it had never occurred to me earlier that I could buy a device that acted as a bluetooth to aux adapter.
But this does a lot more. Without taking my phone out of my pocket when I get into the car, I can:
- play and pause music from my iPhone, including buttons on the top to skip and repeat songs
- receive phone calls which output sound through my car's speaker system, and input sound through the device's built in mic (which I've found to be of decent quality)
- hold down the centre button to activate siri, so i can get my phone to call people, send texts, play particular songs/artists/albums, set a gps route, or even set reminders, all without touching my phone or taking my eyes off the road. (works voice assistants on android etc also)

There are a few similar products and options out there but this is the only one I've found which ticked all the boxes. In particular, this baby can:
1. Auto-connect to your phone as soon as you turn on the car, to instantly start playing music
2. Has aptX codec for superb audio quality over bluetooth (unfortunately not supported with apple devices, but music still sounds fantastic)
3. Has buttons to skip/repeat songs and activate your device's voice assistant
4. Charges through your car's cigarette lighter so turns on/off with the car automatically
5. Obviously works with steering wheel volume controls

I used YouShop to get it to NZ from Amazon US so got it all up including shipping for just over $50 US. A very happy purchase!

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  Reply # 1171533 8-Nov-2014 23:35
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It's a very handy concept. Been doing it for years. Other discussions on here about it also. One day I'll wire it behind the dash, but for now I don't mind. With android I have everything automated to start music when I get in the car and stop playing when I leave.




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  Reply # 1171577 9-Nov-2014 10:02
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I've had one for a couple of months now, flawless device. Luckily for me Honda decided to fit both the aux in and a second 12v outlet in the Centre console pocket so very easy to install without any wiring on show

I discovered it from another thread on here so there are a few users floating around the place

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1171869 9-Nov-2014 23:00
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Yup its a very handy device. One thing I should add is that depending on your car's wiring, you might get a static noise playing through the speakers with this device, which is the problem I had. A ground loop isolator solved the problem 100% for me, which was great! Picked it up from Jay Car Electronics for $13. 

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  Reply # 1172245 10-Nov-2014 15:06
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Thanks for the heads-up on this product. Would be ideal for my wife's car, given the lack of Bluetooth.

Do other users have any other models to recommend (at a not too dissimilar price point)? Thanks.

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  Reply # 1172249 10-Nov-2014 15:21
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I have last week ordered a very similar looking device but Belkin brand from Amazon. 
Link here
Amazon was shipping it directly to me for 10 NZD. They are not doing it now for some reason. 

I will post my review about Belkin when I receive it. 

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  Reply # 1172251 10-Nov-2014 15:23
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jonathan18: Thanks for the heads-up on this product. Would be ideal for my wife's car, given the lack of Bluetooth.

Do other users have any other models to recommend (at a not too dissimilar price point)? Thanks.


I bought direct from www.kinivo.com USD39.99 + youshop of around NZD17, was a fairly painless exercise. The main reason i went for the Kinivo was the AptX support which a lot of similar devices do not do, will you hear the difference in car, probably not but the feel good factor of knowing you can stream audio at a CD quality level (media dependent) sold me

The mic is built into the controller which i have mounted beside stereo on dash which seems to work well, no complaints from callers likewise even backseat passengers can join in the convo without raising their voice too much :P

Not sure if it is unique to this device or not but it is seamless switching to and from bluetooth when on call as soon as unit powers up or down, has not dropped a call yet

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  Reply # 1172261 10-Nov-2014 15:43
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Does this one make any beeping noises on power on or off?

I have quite a nice cheap one that does everything I want, but it plays loud tones on pairing or de-pairing which are somewhat annoying.




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  Reply # 1172274 10-Nov-2014 16:01
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jonathan18: Thanks for the heads-up on this product. Would be ideal for my wife's car, given the lack of Bluetooth.

Do other users have any other models to recommend (at a not too dissimilar price point)? Thanks.


No worries. Make sure your wife's car has an aux-in port before buying obviously.

I did look into a few models before deciding to go in for this one:

The Belkin that maxeon mentioned - Was the one I looked at initially, IMO looks a bit cooler than the kinivo but unfortunately doesn't automatically connect to your phone when turning it on, doesn't have the aptX codec and doesn't have the skip/repeat buttons which was the deal breaker for me

GOgroove SMARTmini - Again no skip/repeat buttons, no aptX and doesn't auto-connect. An advantage of this one is the mic is apparently noise cancelling which isn't the case with the kinivo

iClever Himbox HB01 -This seems to have all the bells and whistles, with auto-pairing, noise-cancelling mic and skip/repeat buttons. Don't think it has aptX though. I went with the Kinivo over this because it had better reviews, with some questions about build quality and durability being brought up by this product's users. 

Haven't personally had any experience using the other models though.


richms: Does this one make any beeping noises on power on or off?

I have quite a nice cheap one that does everything I want, but it plays loud tones on pairing or de-pairing which are somewhat annoying.


The Kinivo makes a quick beep when the car turns on, presumably to tell the user it has paired with the phone, but it isn't very loud and not annoying in the slightest.

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  Reply # 1172281 10-Nov-2014 16:13
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I did look into a few models before deciding to go in for this one:

The Belkin that maxeon mentioned - Was the one I looked at initially, IMO looks a bit cooler than the kinivo but unfortunately doesn't automatically connect to your phone when turning it on, doesn't have the aptX codec and doesn't have the skip/repeat buttons which was the deal breaker for me


That is true, I should have done some research before hitting buy. I will now order your model and return the Belkin :) Thanks for the info. 



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  Reply # 1172368 10-Nov-2014 19:10
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Yeah good choice I'd say, you won't be disappointed.

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