|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|
Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth Hands-free Unit for A2DP
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- Wireless Cell Phone Connection via Bluetooth Technology
- Automatic Phonebook Synchronization
- SMS (Short Messaging Service) Support
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son is constantly receiving calls from work and it worries me him having to reach for phone and answer. when mentioned this item I was thrilled to purchase! Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by Diane M. Renfroe
This for everyone who is having problems playing music over bluetooth AD2P. I've tested this with symbian phone, psp go and g tablet tnt 4.x.x aka android. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by SlipKnoT_3128_6sic6
This seemed like such a good idea at first. Problem is, the phone loses connection with this device regularly. Did not have this problem with the factory BT. Oh well.Published on November 11, 2010 by Warren Harris
Pros: Connected easily on the first try; it has access to the phone's address book; automatic answer is nice. Re-connecting paired phone is very reliable, automatic, and quick. Read morePublished on April 3, 2010 by James M. White
This product freezes for no reason. I think it is caused when you contantly get in and out of your vehicle. Example Deliverly type jobs. The Microphone cable was too short. Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by De_Hunter
I drive about 1000 miles week for my job and I drive a pick-up truck with a diesel, so there is significant noise in the cab of my truck. Read morePublished on December 13, 2009 by D. Wood
After researching this item for 2 months now I finally decided to purchase.
Received this unit today and installed after work. Read more
I have two of these units, one for each car. For some reason, they keeps on losing their connection and cut out. Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Thomas J. Anzelmo