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Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth Hands-free Unit for A2DP

3.0 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Wireless Cell Phone Connection via Bluetooth Technology
  • Automatic Phonebook Synchronization
  • SMS (Short Messaging Service) Support
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Product Description

Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth Hands-free Unit for A2DP offers wireless connection between select Kenwood car stereos and Bluetooth compatible cell phones. Supports music streaming. Send and receive calls with the stereo's controls. Pass-through port lets you keep your Kenwood CD changer and handles up to five different phones.

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Technical Details

Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 5 x 5 x 5 inches
Item model number KCABT200
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Warranty 1 Year Parts and Labor

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ASIN B0016OMF20
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3.0 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds
Date First Available November 24, 2008

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By Tempting Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7, 2008
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OK.

So I decided to take the plunge and try this device out. I want to say upfront that, in my honest opinion, it's WAY overpriced. However, that did not factor into my scoring. I just want to make sure you see what I'm saying - if it hadn't been for the gift certs I had, I wouldn't have bought it most likely.

Anyway, my deck is a Kenwood KDC-MP735U that I had installed at a shop, for reference. I decided to install the BT interface myself.

Installation was easy. The default cable plugged nicely into the deck, and it picked it right up. Looks like an S-PDIF connector, probably a derivative of USB. It acknowledged the BT200 right away and added the proper menu items. Thinking "that was too easy", I decided to try pairing my personal BlackBerry Pearl (perfect test, as I've seen complaints that BlackBerries don't work well with this). It paired up faster than even my BT headset, totally painless. Again thinking "that was also way too easy", I decided to test it. Turned on the deck and called my personal Pearl (let's call it the 8100) from my work Pearl (call it the 8130). Rang right away, auto answer worked flawlessly, everything worked great. I went ahead and paired the 8130 as well, it also worked like a charm.

So far so good, the device picked up both Pearls without incident. In fact it was so blatantly easy I almost felt like I should be ripping people off charging $75 labor to do this professionally and make a mint. The next test was for the microphone. Here's where it gets interesting - because while the mic does work well, the adhesive is pathetic. I don't expect it to be super glue-sticky, but sticky enough considering that most areas might have been shined with protectant and therefore not keen to any type of adhesives.
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I have this teamed up with my DNX 5120. I had really high hopes for this piece. It is usable, but does not always pair up with my phone; 5 out of 10 times I have to un-pair the device and then re-pair it to the BT-200. However when it is working it works decently enough, I can talk through the "mic" and hear the voice through my speakers, it cuts the music out when calling or receiving. Some other things to be aware of, it id quite a big piece, about 6X6. Another thing is the phone book and dial pad are glitchy, some times they will become unusable, and other times they will be. The voice dial works pretty well and I am happy about that, the only thing is, you have to press the voice button, then once you say the name after the beep, it will come up with the name of the person you are trying to call, but you have to actually press the green "dial button" to place it, its not automatic, I thought that was a bit weird but the techs said that's how it is. Also the SMS feature does not work, Kenwood knows that as well and I think are trying to come up with an update for it. I'm giving it three stars because it works, but not always the way you want it to. I hope someone else writes a review, and maybe they will have some other ideas to help the problems I am having.
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I'm having problems similar to those mentioned in M. Martin's review. I'm using this Bluetooth add-on unit with a Kenwood DNX-5120 head unit. I do not know if the problem is with the BT200 unit or with the firmware in the head unit. My guess is that it is the firmware, and there will be an upgrade that fixes the problems. I am guessing this only because the hardware is made by Parrot and so should be of good quality.

In any case, sometimes everything is fine; but sometimes the call does not go through at all (nothing happens, even though the cell signal is strong); sometimes the system just freezes for a while when I try to call; sometimes the call goes through but the device inexplicably hands control back to the cell phone (i.e. I have to talk using the cell phone unless I manually switch it back using a button on the touchscreen). Today the person I called heard only loud hissing on the line. This happened five times in succession, yet when I called using the cell phone there was no problem, so it isn't the cell phone service that's at fault. Later the problem cleared up.

When choosing a number by voice, sometimes it works fine, other times it says "no voice input". Go back to previous screen and try again, now it works fine.

Pairing is unstable also; sometimes it pairs quickly, sometimes it doesn't pair at all. I have found that it helps to have the cell phone on when the head unit is turned on (i.e. when the car is started).

The user interface is poorly designed also. As M. Martin has said, you can select a number using your voice, but you can't actually dial it. To dial you have to look at the screen and touch the dial button! Wacky. Also, if your custom settings are cleared (e.g.
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Cell phone use while driving is slowly becoming illegal in the US. I'm using this bluetooth KCA-BT200 unit with the kenwood DDX512 head unit and my iPhone. I had issues with the iPhone initially, and call quality was poor with crackling noises. After the latest firmware update from kenwood, it works as expected.

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Sound quality is very good after the firmware update. Media or music (dvd, radio, ipod etc) is paused and muted automatically during an incoming call. The touchscreen interface on the kenwood DDX512 is a little clumsy, but I'm used to it now. Contacts are automatically downloaded from the phone, and pairing other phones is fairly easy.

PS. You will need a windows laptop with bluetooth to update the firmware on this device. Bluetooth cannot be used to play music on the iPhone as it doesn't support A2DP yet, but other phones support it.
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