Been out fitting my new (Cheers Joey!) Connects2 CTAARBT001 box of tricks today!
Had to remove the old CTAARUSB001 (now available if anyone wants it going cheap!), the Nokia N20 Z276 hands free kit that the previous owner had installed (also available for cheap if anyone wants it), and the USB Bluetooth dongle thing that I was using to connect the phone to the CTAARUSB001.
I was hoping to re-use the loom from the older Connects2 box I had, and the pre-installed mic from the Nokia kit, but no luck.. New loom had an extra wire compared to the old one (turned out to not be needed after all...), and the mic connector was a 2.5mm rather than a 3.5mm on the new box of tricks... So the whole lot came out, and I took it as an opportunity to clean up the wiring runs hide it all away more neatly under the carpets etc...
Turns out the PO's install of the Nokia kit was a total hack job... Tap spliced on to the factory loom, a dirty great blob of solder on top to try and secure it (spoiler alert, it didn't), then cover all their handy work in that 'orible cheap black vinyl tape that makes everything sticky and gunky as it ages... Not a single crimp/splice connector in site, terrible insulation on the live feed from the battery etc...
I managed to cut the majority of the cr*p out and pretty much restore the factory loom with heatshrink tubing, but really I ought to get back in there and un-pin the ISO connector to get heatshrink properly applied over all the old splices.. They're still taped, a lot better than previously though, and everything is working correctly so I'm happy enough for now.
Bottom line - love the new toy! Has all the functionality of the previous 3 devices that have just come out, plus integrates with the steering wheel controls much better (can skips tracks now!), and no device conflicts trying to connect to multiple Bluetooth devices!
So, CTAARBT001 gets my thorough recommendation - But still, someone want to buy my CTAARUSB001?
glad the installation went well! It really is a fantastic bit of kit and has for me been the one thing that made the car usable for work, Music and call quality is excellent and I really like the that the SWC work properly.
I'm glad you took it off my hands as I remember from a previous thread when you were talking about your set up you mentioned alternator noise and when I realised I had a spare I did think ''Ed could do with this''. I had put up with that alternator noise on the set up I had pre connects2 and it is
glad to have been able to pass a small bit of good fortune on, and it has also funded my new/used door handles for anthraciting ..(if there is such a word) so happy days all round
FYI if you develop any BT issues between the headunit and the adaptor it will likely be to do with the BT driver on android lollipop, there is an app available on playstore called carbluetoothconnect which fixes it. took me a while to get to the bottom of it and as I said the reason I had two units.
Even connects2 couldn't figure out what was wrong and I didn't work it out because the phone I used to ''rule out'' a phone problem was also running android lollipop!
anyway ..enjoy hands free in car streaming and talking.
p.s there is a really good DAB app called radioplayer that get's around the sketchy reception we sometimes have in our cars as well as giving you a host of great stations to listen to on the move and it also is completely controlable from the SWC