Bluetooth for Car Audio

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MARobinson, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. MARobinson macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone. The CD player in my 2001 Mazda Miata just died, so I am looking for an aftermarket headunit. I enjoy Pandora, and would like to play Pandora stations using bluetooth rather than a wired connection into the headunit. To my disappointment, I found that this is possible with Android phones but not iPhones. Why is this the case? Is this an example of Apple being inexcusably behind the competition?
     
  2. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Any bluetooth enabled headunit will allow your iPhone to connect and play Pandora (or any music app). Not sure where you are getting that info.
     
  3. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    Here are the PANDORA® PIONEER EQUIPPED MODELS.
    And here you can watch a video how to listen to Pandora through bluetooth with an iPhone using your car stereo.

    P.S.: So, Apple is not behind the competition. ;)
     
  4. an-other macrumors regular

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    Not sure how damaged your head unit is. If you have an "aux in" and it still works, you get a bluetooth dongle. I have an anker one from Amazon that's been a great purchase. I use it for a lot of things not just in the car.

    You can also find a lot of used car stereos on e-bay. Yes, some are probably not from good sourcing. That noted, there's plenty of guys that make make it their business to recycle car radios. I note this as this may be a good option for a 2001 convertible with a canvas top. ;)
     
  5. MARobinson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your replies. Apparently I was wrong about not being able to stream Pandora stations with a bluetooth connection. I have read about quite a few headunits on the Crutchfield site, and I remember seeing instructions for a couple that implied only Android devices would stream Pandora radio through bluetooth. I also think a Crutchfield technician told me that, although I may have heard him wrong. At any rate, I am happy to know that is not the case. an-other, I think I am going to go the new aftermarket route. My OEM unit only has a CD player and basic FM/AM radio, and newer models offer a lot more for not much more money. Thanks again.
     
  6. zen macrumors 68000

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    What's the audio quality like with bluetooth car stereos? We just got a new car, which has a bluetooth stereo, but after I paired my iPhone 6 to it and played music, it was so quiet it was almost inaudible. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, or whether this is how bluetooth audio is (as I have never used it before).
     
  7. daflake macrumors 6502a

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  8. DDanis60 macrumors newbie

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    Turn up your phone volume.
     
  9. rugmankc Contributor

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    Sounds like a setting is wrong. Do you have a bluetooth settings menu for car? If brand new go back to dealer. Or, try someone else's phone. Try turning up the iPhone volume first. I have brand new SUV, but the system is very premium. Sounds fantastic.
     
  10. zen macrumors 68000

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    Ah, okay, I didn't realise that the actual phone volume was linked to the playback volume via Bluetooth. When plugged in via a cable, which is the only thing I have done in the past, the device volume is (or seems to be) irrelevant. Will check it out, thanks!
     
  11. an-other macrumors regular

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    One last thought for you: Make sure the display is "convertible friendly." Bright sunlight can make a display unreadable. I know Alpine had some well clever OLED screen units at one time.

    This is first hand guidance! My display is unreadable in the sun. I've considered a replacement from time to time, however I'm tied to a manufacturer that no longer makes consumer stuff.
     

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