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Xanthous
11-01-2011, 01:39 AM
My kenwood headunit doesn't have bluetooth built in but it does have a usb port.

My question is can I go usb port>bluetooth dongle>ipod?

vaiboy
11-02-2011, 01:23 PM
A Bluetooth dongle is probably not going to work, but there's probably a Bluetooth adapter that will work with your deck. Look into the Kenwood KCA-BT200.

kyle3194
11-03-2011, 03:34 PM
Phone on speaker through aux port... hands free, 150 bucks less than an adapter...

Xanthous
11-03-2011, 06:54 PM
I'm looking to be able to control the music from outside my car.

kyle3194
11-03-2011, 11:07 PM
Long Aux Cable... :)

Sorry ive got nothin

Xanthous
11-13-2011, 08:43 PM
Let me make sure. I'm under the assumption that if a deck has bluetooth, that I can play music wirelessly. Is that correct? or is it just hands free calling?

kyle3194
11-13-2011, 09:11 PM
I never got mine to do wireless music... I only had my phone work...

dumple
11-13-2011, 09:21 PM
my 9887 with bt adapter does calls and music just doesnt display the tags

Xanthous
11-14-2011, 02:21 AM
This is the deck I'm looking at.

Alpine CDE-126BT CD receiver at Crutchfield.com (http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500CDE126B/Alpine-CDE-126BT.html?search=CDE-126BT&ssi=4&skipvs=T#overview-tab)

vaiboy
11-14-2011, 02:08 PM
This is a direct quote from the Crutchfield link you posted.

"Bluetooth Communication (powered by Parrot): The Alpine CDE-126BT features built-in Bluetooth technology powered by Parrot. The CDE-126BT supports Bluetooth (ver. 2.0) hands-free communication for the iPhone and other Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Hands-free communication is possible from the Alpine head unit when using a HSP (Head Set Profile) and HFP (Hands-Free Profile) compatible Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

Note: This unit does not offer Bluetooth audio streaming.

Pairing: The Alpine CDE-126BT can be paired to up to five Bluetooth enabled mobile devices (only one device can be used at a time).

Note: Not all Bluetooth mobile phones will be compatible. Parrot software updates provide support for future phones."

kyle3194
11-14-2011, 03:08 PM
good luck... i know they are out there though...

Xanthous
11-15-2011, 01:14 PM
Alright thanks vaiboy. I also did some research and found that it is possible if you add this

Alpine KCE-400BT Bluetooth® Adapter Add hands-free calling to your compatible Alpine stereo at Crutchfield.com (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-r87ANjRaW7I/p_500KCE400B/Alpine-KCE-400BT-Bluetooth-Adapter.html)

So it is possible but bluetooth will cost $150. Not worth it imo.

vaiboy
11-15-2011, 06:41 PM
The Alpine CDE-133BT has built in Bluetooth with audio streaming. It costs less than the CDE-126BT, but it doesn't have some of the other features like USB and only has one preout. I don't really know what features you are looking for other than BT but there are definitely other options.

darknight666
11-16-2011, 12:46 PM
actually it does have front USB. I think it will be a good entry level SQ HU it has 10 different EQ settings with a 3-Band Parametric Equalizer(Treble-Mids-Bass) for fine tuning. but yes it does only have 1 pre-amp out. the CDE-133BT is actually so new i havent found it anywhere else besides Alpines website.