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Old 01-01-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Opinion on a new stereo with bluetooth???

I bought a new stereo that came with an optional bluetooth adapter that you must hardwire into the wiring harness and plug in to an aux input on the back of the head unit. Simple enough - BUT - I'm wondering if it's even worth it to do that because 1) I already have a bluetooth headset, and 2) I only have a soft top and do a fair amount of highway driving....making wind noise a fairly big factor.

The wind is a factor with the current headset I have - and the microphone is 2-inches away from my mouth (it's an earpiece headset). That being the case, I can't imagine the adapter mounted on the dash doing much good at all.

Anyone have an opinion on whether or not its even worth it to install? My original thought was to mount it by the shifter - but any vibration around that area might make it even worse.

Bottom line is that I'm concerned the jeep is just too all-around noisy to use it.

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Old 01-01-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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It would probably be too noisy for it. The mic on the one I have in my Blazer is mounted on my steering column, pointed right at my face and is very directional. People can't tell I'm talking to them through the bluetooth. It's crystal clear...unless I have my windows open, then they can barely hear me.

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Old 01-01-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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That's the exact answer I keep coming up with...but I figured I'd throw it out to my jeep-drivin' bretheren.

As cool as it sounds - I just can't see it working very well...and I hate installing things that turn out to be useless.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:06 AM   #4
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My Bluetooth is integrated into my head unit. Bought it for the hands free capability BUT later learned of running Pandora on my cell and linking the phone to the radio to listen to the music through the Jeeps stereo. It's just as clear as a CD is and my head unit controls the song selections too.

Just tossing it out there for you.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:24 AM   #5
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I have the Clarion NZ 500 with bluetooth/dvd/gps ect. and mine works fine. However, I do run a hard top during the winter months.
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:49 AM   #6
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my thought is-is it a generic input or more of a hook up for the BT? does it tell you what all it is capiable of? i have a wired input and i like it for my mp3 player but i'd much rather have a BT setup-even if it just was input only-then i wouldn't be limited to where i put my mp3 player. i also added a BT fone adapter but it would be alot nicer through the radio. can't be too hard to install and as long as you are in there anyhow replaceing the radio-why not. i'm one of those that would rather have it and not use it than want to use it and not have it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:41 AM   #7
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If it came with the bluetooth adapter, I'd go ahead and hook it up. Like robbiecc said, it's better to have it and not use it, than want to use it and not have it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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Yeah it would still be useful if you sit in traffic a lot.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:54 PM   #9
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We run without doors and sides, mic is mounted on the steering wheel column. I'm amazed people can hear us just fine when going down the road. I would think its too noisy, but it seems to be fine.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:04 PM   #10
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Irieblue, what stereo do you have? This is the one in my Blazer:

Pioneer DEH-7300BT
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Irieblue, what stereo do you have? This is the one in my Blazer:

Pioneer DEH-7300BT
That's the one we have. Interestingly enough, put the same one in our Vibe and the Bluetooth doesn't sound as good as in our Jeep. Both sound better than Plantronics earpiece.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:48 PM   #12
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I ended up NOT hooking it up. i fugured that since I already had a bluetooth headset, I was in good shape. PLUS - I thought of something I hadn't considered before....there are times when I use my bluetooth headset in the jeep and then park the jeep and walk around while still on the phone....which could present a problem if I'm tied to the jeep bluetooth.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:50 PM   #13
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I put a new head unit in and the place I bought (also the people who installed it) said not to go with bluetooth because jeeps are too noisy
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:46 PM   #14
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I purchased a Garmin in Oct. of this year. Used it in my 06 wrangler soft top about 6 times. Used the bluetooth features. The top wasn't down, but I still had noise. The surprising part? The people I was talking to said they could hear me crystal clear! My sis (who owned the jeep before me) was a little (more like a lot!) jelous cause she had all kinds of problems with her ear piece bluetooth in the jeep!
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Old 01-02-2012, 07:41 PM   #15
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I installed a SONY unit with built in BT. The mike is incorporated into the faceplate. When using BT with the hardtop on, people know I'm in a jeep, but conversations can be made.

I haven't tried calls with the soft top or topless yet.

One great feature of the unit is that you can stream BT audio - no need for wires.
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I have a Kenwood that came with a Bt mic that I have installed. I drive a soft top. Driving around town it's great. Take windows and doors off then I need to be going much slower.
On highway it's doable for a short call but I wouldn't try and use for a real conversation.

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