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Old 08-11-2019, 06:43 PM
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Keep or ditch Uconnect?

Looking at possibly installing a Kenwood DMX9706S with the SXV300V1 SiriusXM tuner. I'll be using the Maestro RR/CH1 interface to retain steering wheel controls.

When I program the Maestro I can disable the Uconnect or keep it. What do I gain by keeping it? What do I lose if I disable it? (basically what features does Uconnect provide me?)

I currently have the stock RES 130S Infinity system.

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You connect gives voice command of radio plus voice dialing commands by name or number and automatically switches from radio to phone when a call comes in

However it only works if you have the uconnect module and microphone not just the buttons on the radio
Only the mygig nav radio has the voice connect module built into the inside of the radio


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The support at iDataLink Maestro forum seems to think the Kenwood will replace all the functions of the Uconnect and it is unnecessary. After reading your response it seems that all the functions you list are provided by the Kenwood. I'll probably just leave it in and just program the Maestro to ignore it.
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That is correct. The new HU will replace all the uconnect functions. Might need to add a microphone.
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Old 08-16-2019, 04:23 PM   #5
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I think most new head units come with a microphone. I say ditch the uConnect. I removed the module and microphone entirely when I swapped the HU. Then I ran the new microphone up the A pillar and mounted in the same place the factory mic was. Got an adapter and connected the rear usb to the one formerly connected to the module. Works pretty well in my opinion. Works being the key word. Uconnect is garbage.
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I think my uConnect module is still tucked into my dash somewhere, but I deleted it from my phone when I installed my DDX-9903S. It offers Android Auto, so I just touch the microphone icon or say "Hey Google" whenever I want to call someone, text someone, change the music, navigate somewhere, turn the house lights off or on, etc. etc. I ran the microphone to my overhead CB radio mount (above the mirror) since I got too much wind noise from the windshield when I had it in the upper left corner.

uConnect serves no purpose when you installed a radio that offers hands-free connectivity like the latest Kenwoods, Alpines, Pioneers, Sonys, etc.
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Then I ran the new microphone up the A pillar and mounted in the same place the factory mic was.

Does a new mic fit snugly? Any tricks for preventing rattle?
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Does a new mic fit snugly? Any tricks for preventing rattle?
The factory mic is a flat rectangular thing, basically the same size as the plastic cover. I took it out from inside the A pillar and disconnected it. Then I split the mic in half and kept the outer part, and used it to cover the opening. The new mic is just kind of dangling there. I wrapped some cloth tape around the wire part and just sort of jammed it into place. Didn't actually push the plastic cover all the way back on, I left it about a mm out just so the clips don't engage - that way I thought id be able to remove it easily if need be.

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Thanks, it sounds a bit more involved than I had imagined, but you gotta do what you gotta do !

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