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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
I bought this primarily as a way to connect my phone to my car stereo to play music. As others have said, you need an AUX input on your car stereo. Since my 2001 Audi did not have this, I purchased the Blitzsafe Audi/Aux DMX V.1B Auxiliary Audio Adapter, an RCA to 3.5mm Y-cable, and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm coupler (which you should get on Amazon for $0.79 instead of $6.00 at Radio Shack). Works brilliantly. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The standard music player works great as does Pandora. Very pleased!

Update (12/1/12): one issue people had with this device is that it doesn't auto connect to your bluetooth device when you get in the car. Well, if you have a smart phone with NFC (Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy SIII, etc), you can program an NFC tag to "Enable Bluetooth", stick the tag in your car dock, and when you put your phone in the dock, it will connect.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2012
The Good: Its easy to install. It is small. It is well built. The lights look cool and are pretty clear about what the status is of your device. The power cable has a connection for a USB daisy chain connection which is AWESOME.

The Bad: The "clickiness" isn't as responsive as I'd like. It doesn't seem to be centered properly. You have to click down a little bit below the Belkin logo. The audio cable is SUPER thin. This will be the first thing to break on it if you move it around a lot. It is a great device but it is overpriced. Bluetooth is inexpensive and I think they price this high because they don't currently have much competition. This should be a $30 product. I've seen the price here on Amazon dip as low as $43 but no lower. I suggest you wait for a deal.

The Ugly: Not much. That super thin audio cable is worrisome. Don't move it much when you install it.

The Summary: I tested this in my Toyota which has a "bluetooth" setup for phones, my iPhone 4 and my Blackberry Bold. I currently have my iPhone paired with my car for phone calls but the Bluetooth in the car doesn't work for music. So I bought this. At first I thought it would prove problematic but it worked smoothly.

Here is a hypothetical scenario.

I'm driving and listening to music via this device. My iPhone is paired to the Belkin CarAudio Connect AND the car. A call comes in, the music fades and stops and the phone picks up as normal using the cars Bluetooth. The call ends, the music starts up again without any need for input from me. I was afraid the Bluetooth pairing with one or the other would be severed at some point but it worked smoothly.

Pairing with the Blackberry is more of a hassle but that is completely the fault of Blackberries garish OS. I have to manually connect and then I have to wait until several confirmation screens pop up before starting my music. Also, when I turn the car off the iPhone automatically stops playing music. The Blackberry just starts blasting it out at full volume through the phone speaker. (EVEN IF I PAUSE THE MUSIC BEFORE SHUTTING OFF THE CAR.) Again, not Belkins fault. In fact Belkin's device shuts off nicely when the car turns off.

I did NOT use this as a speaker phone and don't intend to (my car has that built in) so I can't speak on the quality of this device as such.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2013
This thing is amazing. My current set up has this plugged into a cig lighter and also plugged into my AUX input. I use my Nexus 4 Android blue tooth connection to stream music. I drive a 2009 Honda civic and it automatically powers on and off the Belkin Bluetooth adapter so i never have to touch this device. The only thing I need to do is enable Bluetooth on my android device and it finds it and automatically connects. I have absolutely no complaints about this device. I do not use it for phone calls often, but the two times I did it went well. If you plan on using this for phone calls i recommend putting it up somewhere away from the air vents, and in the center of your dash if possible.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
I've had this since July and it is just great. The music sounds great from my iPhone 4s whether its my music or Pandora. It would be nice if it auto connected though. When a phone call interrupts my music, I have to lower the volume because the callers voice is too loud. No one complains of not being able to here me or of any echo. Strange thing is it will connect to my son's Android phone faster than my 4S.
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214 of 258 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2011
This device is really close to being a great product. The small adapter with a USB port is great, and the single button/mic operation is a clean and attractive design. This works for playing music from your phone via a bluetooth connection without any wired connections, and it works as a handsfree device as a relatively cheap option to factory-installed bluetooth in your car. The main reason I bought this was to act as a handsfree bluetooth device so I could talk/listen on my phone through my car speakers when a call came in. Sound quality is acceptable, echo cancellation works, but there does not seem to be any other noise suppression. So, if you are driving on a highway, placement of the microphone/button is critical.

The first major shortfall is that it does not autoconnect-- you need to press the button so your phone connects. That means I need to press the button every time I start my car. That may not seem like a big deal, but autoconnect on bluetooth headsets has been around for many years and should be standard on this device. Because it does not autoconnect, I rarely remember to hit the button when I get in the car. Whenever a call comes in, I can't answer since I forgot to manually connect my phone. Also, every time I press the button to connect, it starts playing music on my iPhone, that isn't a big deal, but it is worth noting.

The 2nd major shortfall is that it can only pair with one phone. If my wife ever wants to drive my car, she won't be able to use the bluetooth handsfree from her phone. Again, this is another standard feature with current bluetooth headsets and should be standard on this device.

I'll bet that they fix these two problems on V2, and that may make it a perfect device.

One other note for people who are thinking about buying this-- if your cigarette lighter does not turn off when you turn off your car, you will constantly have to unplug it so it does not drain your battery. My lighter turns off, so I don't have that problem.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
Sounded great, works well with my iPhone. I mounted the unit up by the rear view mirror, in the spot where the factory unit would have been located (I have a 2008 Volvo S60). Pretty good sound quality for callers, only a bit of background noise. I've had the unit a couple months now, no functional issues either.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2012
I enjoy listening to internet radio while in my car. I've had problems with the aux jack on my iphone, so the sound would cut out from time to time and would only return if I jiggled the cable (cables, actually, I tried 3 of them HOPING that it would be the cable) and twisted it into the exactly proper position.
So I bought this Belkin device. I plugged it into the cigarette lighter port, plugged the aux cable into my car stereo, and voila! It works like a charm. For me, the hands-free phone feature that this provides is just a bonus.
I highly recommend this product.
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91 of 108 people found the following review helpful
Size: Old Bluetooth ReceiverColor: BLACKVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is one of the easiest blue-tooth gadgets to use, and one of the handiest. Unlike most other hands-free add-ons, this one does NOT use an FM transmitter to broadcast over your car stereo- it uses a 2.5mm jack (mini-headphone size - same as an iPod.) This of course means that your receiver has to have an available jack to plug into. Assuming your vehicle is so equipped, then this is probably the best hands-free add on you could find. One large button controls it all (It also houses the microphone.) There's a plate that gets stuck to your dash - the dash side is foam adhesive tape, the other grabs the button with a magnet.

At one end of the cable is that button/mic combination - this attaches to the dash. At the other end is a standard cigarette lighter style plug. Stick this in the auto's outlet (I guess they are no longer called lighters.) This end also has the plug that sticks into your sound system's aux jack. That's it. Since it's blue-tooth, your phone can be in your pocket, on the seat, where-ever. You can play music via your phone (I use my Droid X) and answer/make calls.

Since the button attaches via a magnet, you can remove the Aircast and store it in the glove compartment when not in use.

One handy feature is the built-in USB charging port. This is located on the end of the outlet. So while it's plugged in it powers the Aircast, but can also power and charge your USB device (phone, etc.) Also included is an extension cable for the stereo jack.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
This is a great device if you do not have Bluetooth in you car but have an auxiliary jack. It works just like I did. My only complaint would be the wires are long.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2011
If you've associated belkin with the worst products in existence I don't blame you. I've had some just terrible belkin accessories and swore them off. This product totally redeemed their name in a small way. So lets get started. You plug the power end into your cig port, you then plug your 3.5mm headphone jack into your Aux port (you need an auxiliary port otherwise this thing is useless). From there you pair this bad boy to your smart phone by holding the button down until it starts flashing red and it goes into pairing mode.

Once you've paired it to your compatible device you're good to go. Hit play and your music will start playing through your car stereo. You can answer calls with this thing too. It has a built in mic that has decent quality. Push the big button to pause your tunes, shut off your car, and go wherever you're going. You don't have to unplug this thing because it shuts off automatically after 10 minutes. I know this because I sat in my car for 10 minutes to make sure it would in fact shut off. The audio quality for music is the same as a direct cable into your radio. I can't tell the difference and I have pretty good hearing. I couldn't be happier.

So now that you've got it working here is your workflow.

1. Get in your car and start it
2. Hit the button on this thing, it will pair and immediately start playing where it left off
3. ???
4. Profit

This is an expensive little gizmo however it does exactly what it's supposed to do. Nothing more, nothing less. You may get a rats nest of wires if your aux port is in the front dash of your car but you want wireless music right? So either pay the big bucks and add bluetooth to your current radio or deal with a couple or wires and pay a fraction of the cost.
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