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Old 01-30-2018, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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Can anyone recommend a Bluetooth for your car, preferably one that doesn't require hard-wire installation? My car is getting on, has almost 160K miles and will have to be replaced at some point, so I don't want to pay for anything really significant. But as I need to be on a lot more calls now, I'd really like something better than the lousy one I have now.
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:52 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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But as I need to be on a lot more calls now, I'd really like something better than the lousy one I have now.
What do you have now ? What do you NOT like about it ?

In my case I have an advantage over you, which is that I am hard of hearing, so I have hearing aids !
Guess what, those hearing aids come with blue tooth and my phone audio goes straight into my hearing aids?

How much would you like to spend on *a better system* ?

A few years ago, we changed the audio system in my wife's car (Odyssey) to a "better" one.
It, of course, included Bluetooth capability.
We think that it does very well, since we can adjust the volume of the calls by simply turning up the volume and change the pitch of the voice. Less bass, etc.
It was NOT a cheap upgrade at all, but we did get better sound, better video and it did come with Bluetooth !

I am not advocating that you get hearing aids, but the advantage in my case is that the phone sound is *only* the phone sound ! No other external sounds can be heard when the hearing aids, automatically, switches over to phone. It turns off, the external microphones (which are behind my ear) and the sound is ONLY generated in the ear !
In essence, what I am trying to convey is that you may want to check your hearing. If it is bad, maybe that is why you do not like your system now ? If bad, then get a good hearing aid system !

The Bluetooth of the audio in the Odyssey now, still has all the other external sounds which your ears will pick up !

So, in your case, what does not quite work as you would like it to work ?
People can not hear *you* well, or *you* can not hear *them* well ?

A long time ago, before hearing aids, I had a Bluetooth doohicky that was mounted on my headrest, and head two speakers, left and right of my head. I remember that the sound was really good, but the microphone, picking up my voice was in an awkward place ! It was on a flexible *boom*, and always in my way !

The microphone of the Odyssey, today, is really good, but I do not know why ?
It is located in the top left corner of the windshield, above the sunvisor, and is the about as big as a walnut !
Since the sound of the audio system cuts out during phone calls, we can hear all conversation rather well and the sound picked up by the microphone is very good (I have heard her speak to me in the car).
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Do you have an Aux in port? You could get a BT > AUX IN adapter.
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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The most efficient way is to buy a head unit (receiver and so on) that includes Bluetooth. Go to "crutchfield' and look for options.
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Old 02-03-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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What do you have now ? What do you NOT like about it ?
It's some aftermarket thing that was installed by the dealer when new. I can't hear a thing though it... I'm constantly wearing out the + button trying to get the volume to be above a low mumble, while I crane my head towards it and scream, hoping the other party can hear me.
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Old 02-03-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Colorado
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The most efficient way is to buy a head unit (receiver and so on) that includes Bluetooth. Go to "crutchfield' and look for options.
I second this. If you're not up to doing a car stereo DIY install (they're a LOT easier to install than they were back when), there are always local outfits that will install cheap or free. There are plenty of under-$150 car receivers that handle the Bluetooth stuff great. And probably improve the sound in the old buggy, too.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:20 AM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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I bought this and it works great. You do need an AUX port on your current system. $22
https://www.amazon.com/iClever-Bluet.../dp/B00GJFGE0K

If you don't have an Aux port there are other options such as an BT adapter that works through an FM modulator.
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