Best hands free calling car stereo?

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  1. Jason1978 macrumors regular

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    Ok guys getting a new jeep in a couple of weeks and I was wondering if you guys can tell me which product you guys have? I need a stereo dock that connects to the speakers, so I can take calls through there. I have looked online but would like some feedback on one that has good reception quality when talking through car speakers. Thanks, any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

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    Funny you mention this. Last week my 9 year old Kenwood started dying on me and I got a open box Alpine UTE-42BT for $75 from Bestbuy (does not even appear to have been installed) for my weekend ride. Only played with it a few times but it was so good I decided to upgrade my beater with a bluetooth deck as well. Had Bestbuy price match Frys website for a JVC KDX250T for $69. Finished soldering up the harness while watching a Bulls last night and will be installing that bad boy in about 20 minutes.
    Be aware that both decks do not have CD drives which I greatly prefer. I used line-in on my old Kenwood about 99% of the time and both units output 1A from the usb port for charging as well.
    But I'm a cheap ba$tard. If your looking for the best than a $200 to $300 drive will give you more features. My old Kenwood was $250 9 years ago but the decks I just bought are 3 times better than it at a fraction of the cost. I don't think it's worth spending that much but I'm older now and I don't care about having the best.

    http://www.frys.com/product/7712158?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

    and

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/alpine-...iver/7551319.p?id=1218851195984&skuId=7551319
     
  3. Jason1978 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok thanks for responding. I am willing to spend the 300-400. The thing is I just want something that has good reception. It doesn't have to be the best, but it has to do its job :p

    I find a lot of them I seen have a microphone device that you attach to the steering wheel to talk into. I don't want that, I want to talk into the speakers of my vehicle. Not sure if the mic is mandatory or not.
     
  4. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    can;t you just add factory BT stereo? Might be the best one. Most new cars I have seen come w/ BT now.

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    You can't speak into speakers, they don't have a microphone. ;)
     
  5. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    If your jeep has a aux in definitely get this!:
    Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit for Cars with Aux Input Jack (3.5 mm) - supports aptX
    http://amzn.com/B009NLTW60
     
  6. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    I have this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Scosche-motorMOUTH-Bluetooth-Handsfree-Streaming/dp/B0036ORN2U/ref=sr_sp-btf_title_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1382814435&sr=1-8&keywords=scosche+bluetooth

    It streams a connection perfectly, the microphone is kind of meh though. Bought it used for like $22 1-2 years ago.
     
  7. Jason1978, Oct 26, 2013
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    Jason1978 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really? LOL I feel so silly bahahahha. I guess the factory ones have a mic somewhere in the dock or mirror. Im not buying the car brand new btw! I wish. I will be spending about $6000-$7000 on it though. Can I install a factory one? I will pay extra for it if I have to! For example: Jeep has uConnect, can I go to the dealer and ask them to put it in?
     
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  9. Jason1978 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Best hands free calling car stereo?

    I went to my local audio store and they suggested I get this one. http://www.kenwood.ca/Car_Entertainment/CD_Receivers/KDC-X597

    After researching it I think it is highly qualified for what I want it to do.

    It has Bluetooth for hands free and USB for your devices. It works really well with the iPhone in terms of hands free. I was looking for voice recognition but you just simply hold the phone button down on the deck and it brings up Siri for you in the stereo speakers. You don't have to touch or look down at your phone. You can also make a call by pressing a button on the deck, but you would have to scroll through the directory using the volume button. I think I would rather use Siri. Also I heard it has really good sound quality.

    The store I called is going to install it for me.
     
  10. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    Thanks. I picked up the Alpine and installed it this week. It's nothing fancy, I haven't tried the calling features yet, but the bt streaming works great.
     
  11. Jason1978 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great :) I heard that alpine is a good one too.
     
  12. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I think overall I like the JVC I have in my other car a little better, but it doesn't have BT. Seems stupid, but I miss not having a remote for it, even though Incan easily reach it anyway:rolleyes:.
     
  13. Jason1978 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Best hands free calling car stereo?

    Lol yah. The one I'm getting has a remote. But I probably won't really use it :p
     
  14. jjk454ss macrumors 601

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    I never thought I would when I first got it either:D.
     
  15. Jason1978 thread starter macrumors regular

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    :p
     
  16. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    The higher end Alpine and Pioneer have good BT. Mount the mic as close to your head as possible.
     

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