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Which Bluetooth Car Kit Is Right For You?

If you're looking for a Bluetooth hands free car kit then you might already have some idea of what you're looking for. Whether you want to stay safe and legal whilst driving or you just want some simple advice on the best Bluetooth car kit for you, with thousands of Bluetooth hands free installations under our belt you've come to the right place.

Car Communications have been supplying and fitting hands free Bluetooth car kits since they were first introduced over ten years ago, which means we've had over a decade to install kits and learn which systems are feature rich and workthe best. To make things simple we'vecompared the most popular hands free systems currently availablefeature-by-feature to give you an idea of which offers exactly what you're looking for.

Each Bluetooth system is designed for fixed installation in your vehicle, meaning they will integrate into the audio system and use the vehicle's speakers. All the car kits are designed for dash mounting and come with a display screen, except the Parrot MKi-9000 uses voice activation software.

Some of the advanced features are exclusive to certaincar kits, such asmultipoint connections, touchscreen displays, Apple and Android connectivity, and drive assist applications. Our feature-by-feature comparison will highlight which kits offer these so you can make an informed decision on the best Bluetooth system for your particular needs.

Parrot CK3100 Parrot CK3100 Parrot MKi9200
Parrot CK3100 Parrot MKi9100 Parrot MKi9200
The Parrot CK3100 Bluetooth Hands Free Car Kit has an LCD Screen so that you can quickly see the name and number of the person you're talking to.Discretely mounted on your dashboard, the Parrot CK3100 uses your car stereo speakers, meaning that the call quality is clear and crisp.
  • LCD screen with 3 buttons
  • Displays callers name and phonebook
  • 1000 Contactsper telephone
  • Simple to use
Our verdict: Best entry-levelBluetooth car kit, reliable, discreet, easy to use and great value for money.
The impressive Parrot MKi9100 Bluetooth hands-free and music car kit allows you to make and take phone calls as well as listen to music from your smartphone, iPod or USB drive.
  • OLED removable screen with wireless remote
  • Charging function
  • Multipoint 2 Phones Simultaneously
  • Double microphone DSP-3
  • Music playback via USB, Bluetooth, iPod/iPhoneand A2DP
  • Voice dialling
  • 2000 Contactsper telephone
  • 20 watt digital class-d amplifier
Our verdict: Feature rich Bluetooth and Music car kit, reliable Bluetooth anddiscreet size.
Bluetooth hands-free system with a 2.4-inch high-resolution TFT colour screen. A wireless remote control can be positioned on the steering wheel or dashboard and allows the driver to control all the functions of the MKi9200.With Apple iPod / iPhone, USB  connection and SD card slot.
  • All MKi9100 features plus
  • Full colour 2.5" TFT removable screen  
  • SD card slot
Our verdict: Feature rich Bluetooth and music car kit with reliable connectivity. The wireless remote control adds a useful touch to the device functionality.
BURY CC9068 IO Talk 2 IO Play 2
BURY CC9068 Music IO Talk 2 IO Play 2
Bury CC9068 voice-controlled Bluetooth hands-free device with touchscreen and battery charge function for your mobile phone and direct music playback.
  • Touchscreen 2.8" TFT removable
  • Dialog Plus voice dialling
  • Charging function
  • Music playback via USB, Bluetooth, iPod/iPhoneand A2DP
  • Multipoint 2 Phones Simultaneously
  • 1500 Contactsper telephone
  • 30 watt digital amplifier
 Our verdict: Good overall Bluetooth and music car kit. We like the intuitive controls on the touchscreen.
This innovative hands-free system is one of the most advanced products currently available. It is designed for use in both cars and commercial vehicles, supporting business drivers to be safe, legal and responsible whilst making and receiving mobile phone calls in vehicles.
  • OLED removable screen with wireless controller
  • Text to speech phonebook and menu
  • Removable screen
  • Music playback A2DP with AVRCP
  • Multipoint 2 devices connected
  • 2000 Contactsper telephone
  • 80 watt digital amplifier
 Our verdict: Perfect for drivers in a commercial fleet who need to make calls on the road.
iO PLAY2 is a 2nd Generation innovative in-car music playback device specifically designed for the music lover. It can also integrate all iPhones and iPods and provides connectivity for MP3 players and sat nav devices using the 3.5mm stereo jack.
  • All IO Talk 2 features plus
  • iPod & iPhone, charge, play, control and display
  • 180 watt class-D amp with Equaliser presets
Our verdict: Has everything to rival a factory fitted Bluetooth system, and for music lovers there really is no equal in quality and functionality.

 

Advanced Bluetooth Systems


The Asteroid range is Parrot's third generation of Bluetooth hands-free telephone and music car kits specifically designed for apps, navigation and multimedia.The Asteroid rangefits in all vehicles and integrates with the existing audio system- all except for the Parrot Asteroid Smart, which replaces the existing factory stereo system. Each device offers driving assistance applications, access to multiple music sources and hands-free features that allow the driver to maintain focus on driving at all times. The Parrot Asteroid Mini and Parrot Asteroid Tablet are controlled via a wireless remote, whilst the smart is a fully integrated touchscreen display.

 

Parrot Asteroid mini Parrot Asteroid Tablet Parrot Asteroid Smart
Parrot Asteroid mini Parrot Asteroid Tablet Parrot Asteroid Smart
The Parrot Asteroid Mini is a Bluetooth hands-free multimedia system that fits all vehicles. If offers driver assistance applications and access to all your music sources.
  • Full colour 3.2" removable screen with wireless remote
  • Music playback via USB, Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone, A2DP and Line-in
  • Phone charging function
  • Multipoint 2 Phones Simultaneously
  • Double microphone DSP-3
  • Voice dialling
  • 5000 Contactsper telephone
  • 4 x 40 watt digital MOSFET amplifier

Our verdict: This feature rich Bluetooth and music entertainment system's downloadable apps make it a truly customisable device.

The Parrot Asteroid Tablet is a complete Bluetooth Hands-free system with music device connectivity and app integration. The large and thin 5.0" Multi-Touch screen is ideal for driver assistance apps like satellite navigation.
  • Full colour 5" removable touchscreen with wireless remote
  • Downloadable Navigations Apps
  • 4 x 47 watt digital MOSFET amplifier

Our verdict: Feature rich Bluetooth music entertainment system's large screen makes it an ideal candidate for a sat nav device.

The Parrot Asteroid Smart is a fully integrated factory head unit replacement entertainment and communication system. It's got everything from hands-free Bluetooth to online internet music radio stations, satellite navigation and app support, including Spotify.
  • Full colour 6.2" multi-touch screenwith removable faceplate
  • Telephone, Bluetooth, WiFi
  • Music iPod, USB, Audio, Video
  • 4 x 55 watt digital MOSFET amplifier
  • Apps, Navigation, Web Radio, Spotify, Deezer

Our verdict:The best possible in-car entertainment and communication experience.


 

Installing your Bluetooth Car Kit

 

With all the above Bluetooth kits you will need to purchase an optional vehicle specific SOT harness.The Parrot Asteroid Smart will require a stereo fitting kit. Thefitting accessories ensure the installation is plug n play as long as you can remove the head unit. The SOT harness interfaceswith the cars radio system so the Bluetooth audio comes through the car speakers.

If you have a good understanding of your vehicle's electronic system then you could try purchasing and installing one of the above Bluetooth kits yourself, but we always recommend consulting an expert first - especially if your device requires the removal of the vehicle's head unit.

If you're not confident with fitting your ownBluetooth system then don't take any unnecessary risks. Car Communications off anall-in-one service consisting of a Bluetooth kit plusthe optional vehicle wiring SOT harness, as-well-as mobile installation on your doorstep anywhere in mainland UK. The Car Communications team are Parrot accredited installers as well as FITAS approved, but If you're still unsure give our experts a call on 01254 694537 for friendly, professional advice or get in touch through our contact form.

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