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Old 08-04-11
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Bluetooth for ipod/iphone.

As my Brera doesn't have factory Blueandme fitted, can anyone personally recommend (and by recommend, I mean something YOU have had done) an aftermarket kit?
I'm thinking Parrot maybe?
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Old 08-04-11
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I just fitted a Blaupunkt Toronto 410 BT to another car.

It's got a clunky menu system but has all the handsfree
functions (voice dialling is phone dependant) and also an
external mic.

MP3 compatible and has an SD card reader, USB port (inc iPod/Phone
connectivity) and A2DP streaming.

It's only a single DIN so would need a facia adaptor.
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I fitted the TomTom cradle which gives you bluetooth, charger and a stronger gps signal for the satnav.
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Old 16-04-11
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I would not be without my Parrot. sqwak sqwak..

Seriously they are a brilliant piece of kit for the money and the bonus is you can take it with you onto your next car if you ever sold your motor.
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2-din Alpine iXA-W407bt with bespoke fascia.

Looks the business - better than the original, can plug an iPod into it via glovebox and also full bluetooth for calls and streaming.
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Originally Posted by johngrant75 View Post
2-din Alpine iXA-W407bt with bespoke fascia.

Looks the business - better than the original, can plug an iPod into it via glovebox and also full bluetooth for calls and streaming.
I have one in my 159 works almost faultlessly. I have an iPod plugged in in the glovebox and my iPhone 4 connects through bluetooth. There's no cd\dvd or ad slots so it's either iPod or USB drive but that's not a problem, it plays music or video straight off he iPod and will play music via the Bluetooth from my phone (albeit not perfectly). Only issue with it is the phone doesn't always show as connected even though it is which prevents dialling out using the touch screen, incoming calls work perfectly though every time. Biggest plus is that it looks and sounds so much better than the oem Alfa kit and it's very reasonably priced.

If you want to see some pics let me know.


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Originally Posted by Spyder View Post
If you want to see some pics let me know.
I'd be really interested in seeing photos if you have some.

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i bought one of these from amazon - £40 - pairs two phones including my iphone, great quality for the price and transferable between cars
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i bought one of these from amazon - £40 - pairs two phones including my iphone, great quality for the price and transferable between cars
Welcome to AO and the 159/Brera/SPider lounge !
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Photo's would be good. Thanks.
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http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/ice-a...you-think.html (What do you think?)
Link to my original post with pics
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Originally Posted by TopBananaRacing View Post
Photo's would be good. Thanks.
Here's my Alpine with fascia. As mentioned before - full audio and video playback through iPod + streaming through iPhone
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Originally Posted by Spyder View Post
Thanks Spyder! Really handy post, as I'm in the same position as TopBananaRacing.
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Originally Posted by johngrant75 View Post
Here's my Alpine with fascia. As mentioned before - full audio and video playback through iPod + streaming through iPhone
Like the dash insert - what colour is that? Never seen it before
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Originally Posted by Spyder View Post
Like the dash insert - what colour is that? Never seen it before
Its a dark grey, standard on 159 and Brera from my2008
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Its a dark grey, standard on 159 and Brera from my2008
Hmmm tempted to change mine, really like it
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I'm another advocate of parrot, currently got MKi 9200, my third parrot install (in 3 cars) really can't fault it for the money, and discreet but quite cool at the same time

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Originally Posted by Spyder View Post
Hmmm tempted to change mine, really like it
The colour match of the dash / fascia / Alpine is as good as i've seen. The fitters insisted on taking photos for their website!
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My now very old Parrot 3200 has already been in two other cars but fitted into the 159 with no problems and works so much better than B&M.
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My now very old Parrot 3200 has already been in two other cars but fitted into the 159 with no problems and works so much better than B&M.
Do you mind me asking who fitted your parrot system? Did you do it yourself or did you get an ICE installer to do it?

I'm a bit of a spastic with a screwdriver, and wouldn't trust myself to do it without breaking something. I see that Halfords will install a parrot for free, but I'm not sure I'd trust them either...
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Originally Posted by Redmatt75 View Post
Do you mind me asking who fitted your parrot system? Did you do it yourself or did you get an ICE installer to do it?

I'm a bit of a spastic with a screwdriver, and wouldn't trust myself to do it without breaking something. I see that Halfords will install a parrot for free, but I'm not sure I'd trust them either...
I had mine done at Sextons. I think it was £280 supplied and fitted. Thats a MK9200i (my second - got one fitted to the wifes car aswell). They really are excellent value for money and work brilliantly.
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Originally Posted by Redmatt75 View Post
Do you mind me asking who fitted your parrot system? Did you do it yourself or did you get an ICE installer to do it?

I'm a bit of a spastic with a screwdriver, and wouldn't trust myself to do it without breaking something. I see that Halfords will install a parrot for free, but I'm not sure I'd trust them either...
I wouldn't trust Halfords either. They are banking on it being plug and play which in our cars it's not as there is no switched live in the car loom and the constant live is on the wrong pin.

it's not hard to fit, I did mine myself but needs a bit of thought.

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I did it myself, and yes it is not plug and play owing to the missing switched live. I tapped into the cig lighter wiring for that. The Parrot allows audio streaming from my phone SatNav ap which B&M does not and in any case the Parrot sound quality on calls is much better (probably owing to the mic position).
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sorry to hijack the thread but i already have a ck3100 handsfree phone kit... can i easily upgrade to a different parrot unit using the same wiring so minimal effort needed?
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