Thoughts on Parrot CK/MKi Bluetooth systems?
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    Thoughts on Parrot CK/MKi Bluetooth systems?

    I realize a few people on here like mdkflip are using Parrot's higher-end Asteriod head units, but has anyone used their smaller, dedicated BT systems?

    Bluetooth Hands Free Car Kits - Parrot USA

    My wife and I have non-DIN head units in both our cars, so simply replacing the HU isn't a practical option. Her Honda Insight and my Outback both have built-in iPod/iPhone cables and AUX inputs, but frustratingly, neither one offered factory bluetooth. It seems like Parrot offers the best aftermarket option for bluetooth, but I was wondering if anyone else here has used them, specifically: the MKi systems. The factory iPod integration works well enough on the older 32pin iPods, but has never worked well with any iPhone, let alone the new Lightning versions.

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    I had the MKi 9100 in my 2010 Impreza. The install was very easy, just make sure you buy the pigtail wiring harness that will automatically has connections for the Parrot. I believe this was the company I used:QuickConnect

    I think it took me the longest of trying to get the Parrot box and all the new wiring behind and below the stock radio.

    The control for the iPod was excellent, and the sound quality was pretty good, but you probably won't need that. I never used it to play music from my iPhone.

    I did have a few complaints though.

    (1) The remote for the Parrot is wireless and RF, it seemed to lose its connection to the unit a lot and I would have to hit buttons multiple times in order for it to do anything (hang up, answer, skip songs, etc.).

    (2) When my iPhone was connected via bluetooth I would have to put it on mute every time because if I got a text or email while driving it would mute the music (playing from my plugged in iPod) because the phone triggered the bluetooth.

    (3) The volume on calls is very limited. You can crank the volume for the music, but you can't turn up phone calls that much, which is frustrating if you're driving in a very noisy area or on the phone with someone who speaks very softly.

    (4) The audio adjustments for bass, treble, and mids are basically non existent.

    The unit works without the factory radio even being turn on, which is nice. And it will shut off/mute any music from the iPod or radio when a call comes in.

    It's a decent system, not nearly as reliable as a factory wired bluetooth system. But I despretely needed bluetooth through the car, so I went with this. I think it's the only feasible option if you don't want to replace the headunit.

    Here is a link to photos from my install: Parrot MKi 9100 Install
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    One more thing I forgot to add. Parrot's tech support is very rude and not very helpful. I was having issues with the device randomly restarting itself. I called in and explained the issue, and told them I had already updated to the newest firmware, and done all the troubleshooting I could do.

    There response: The new firmware fixes that issue.

    I again explained that I had already installed it, and confirmed the firmware version with them.

    There response: Well, the new firmware fixes that issue. Goodbye. <click>

    Clearly, I was still having that issue regardless of the new firmware, but they didn't care.
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    Wow, good to know.

    I would be playing music through the Parrot, since the car's iPod system isn't compatible with my iPhone 5S. I guess I'd just have redundant iPod and Aux inputs.

    Now I'm having second thoughts on the Parrot. I've seen a couple BT systems that take the place of the OEM SAT box, so you can use the factory HU, but I can't find one for the Legacy/Outback.
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    That was my problem as well. I couldn't find any other systems and Parrot seemed to be the only option. My car was a lease, so I didn't want to actually swap headunits.

    The Parrot was easy to install and served it's purpose for a few years. The 2010 Impreza didn't have the iPod input (just aux), and it was annoying to have to keep the iPod plugged in when driving, and then I would always have to remember to pause it when I turned off the car otherwise it would just keep playing and drain the battery.

    The Parrot controlled and charged the iPod, and told it when to turn on and off, which was really nice. And the bluetooth phone calls sounded pretty clear, pairing was easy, and it could handle 2 phones.

    If you're left with no other options, Parrot works.

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