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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
It works perfectly with my iphone 4G 32G, the integration with my car stereo is seamless and no one can tell I'm talking through a microphone in my car
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by Louise

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for primetime - buggy, frustrating, unreliable - unpleasant to live with
This device promises a lot and if it worked reliably would solve a lot of problems. The car manufacturers are allowed to prevent us from buying after market stereos by building in their own non-standard fascia'd units (sometimes actually physically impossible to take out without destroying the dash) units so they can bilk us for several hundred pounds just to get a unit...
Published on 16 Nov 2010 by N E Body


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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not ready for primetime - buggy, frustrating, unreliable - unpleasant to live with, 16 Nov 2010
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This review is from: USB Mki9000 Bluetooth Car Kit With A2DP Ipod Connection (Electronics)
This device promises a lot and if it worked reliably would solve a lot of problems. The car manufacturers are allowed to prevent us from buying after market stereos by building in their own non-standard fascia'd units (sometimes actually physically impossible to take out without destroying the dash) units so they can bilk us for several hundred pounds just to get a unit with an auxillary input or ipod controller. So many of use are in need of some way to connect our digital media players to the car stereo, not much to ask really after over a decade of MP3 domination of sound reproduction.... However just try doing it.

(this is a side issue, but just why do we do business with corporations who treat us like imbeciles to be exploited? case in point have you tried to change a head or tail light bulb in many latest model vehicle? You have to have the hands and manual dexterity of a dwarf gynaecologist to even try. Some cars like the latest Volvos require specialist tools only available at dealers to even take off the covers for the rear light cluster!... and dont start me on the subject of ink jet refills - 10 quid or more for basically one fountain pen full of ink)

Back to the parrot tho...

Like most mobo tech (particularly in my experience bluetooth) its promises long and delivers short.

Installation:
This is NOT a thirty minute job and you have to know what you are doing PLUS you have to work out which lead you need and then find somewhere to buy this custom lead for your vehicle (not stocked in Halfords) which is another 20+ depending where you buy it. If you want to integrate it into steering wheel controls its another 100 quid for yet another module

The Controller
a. fiddly to use without looking at it (impossible actually apart from the volume nob)
b. It has no back illumination so its dangerous at night

In Use
(I use it with a Nokia e71 connected by bluetooth and an ipod Touch connected by the built in lead and its connected to a Peugeot 307 sound system (which meant I HAD to disconnect the in dash CD multi changer as there are not sufficient inputs for both)
a. Slow to connect to my phone by bluetooth
B. If you use it with an in car power source every time you disconnect it from the power it disconnects from the parrot then reconnects (painfully slow)So if you take it off the power source during a call (to check a diary entry or whatever - it drops the call back to the handset from the car stereo whether you want it to or not
C. When listening to an attached source via the Parrot there is no control over the sound level using the volume dial of your car stereo. Likewise you can't access any tone controls built into you original car stereo while using it in this way. You HAVE to use the Parrot remote and or the controls on the device itself

In use with ipod Touch
a. ANY sound emitted by the phone not just calls (incoming message, alarm,sat nav instructions) STOPS the playback of the ipod even if its a half second beep to announce a messsage or email
b. The ipod playback DOES NOT RESTART AUTOMATICALLY at the end of a call NOR after any of the other beeps, pings etc
c. if you leave the ipod connected when you leave the car once you restart the car the playback restarts but then cuts off again as soon as your phone reconnects by bluetooth (and as I said above this is a slow process)
d. as a result of b. above the ipod does not then restart
(the net result is a highly annoying quick loud burst of whatever you were last listening too first thing in the morning and then the frustration of it not restarting)

In use general
a. every so often for no apparent reason the unit emits what can only be described as digital static ie it starts whistling, howling and shrieking at high volume.
b. when this happens there is no way to stop until it chooses to stop it as it has direct control over the radio which cannot be turned off and the only way to reset the unit if it persists is to power down which of course means turning the car off. You cant exactly do this when you are doing 70 in the fast lane - and nor do you want hideous digital feedback or bluetooth interference or whatever the hell it is screaming in your ears. as far as I can see once its playing something you cant select another input (ie the radio) unless you have stopped whatever it considers to be the souce (which might be the horrible static)
c. sometimes it drops the ipod for no apparent reason

Summary

good idea but buggy, slow, frustrating to live with and not worth the money or the constant irritation to be frank. If it plays up when you have a passenger who knows how much you paid for it (and how much trouble it was to fit.... and how much research you did to find it) it makes you look like a total wally rather than the sophisticated master of IT and new media you would rather be seen as no doubt

You are much better off just finding a way to use an aux input for your music and find another solution for in car phone calls

I would not recommend this product at all its hideous.

(ps lets all embrace a strategy of ZERO tolerance for technology products which fail to work reliably. Give them the same latitude for deviance you would extend to, say, a toaster. No one would make endless excuses for a toaster that burned every slice. No, youd just take it back. Lets do the same with this sort of stuff - then the manufacturers would stop racing to market with unfinished cr@p and we would all get better value for money)

(pps dont forget manufacturers use agents or employees to post good reviews on sites like this)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 28 Jun 2010
This review is from: USB Mki9000 Bluetooth Car Kit With A2DP Ipod Connection (Electronics)
It works perfectly with my iphone 4G 32G, the integration with my car stereo is seamless and no one can tell I'm talking through a microphone in my car
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant... when it works, 10 Jan 2013
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This review is from: USB Mki9000 Bluetooth Car Kit With A2DP Ipod Connection (Electronics)
This a great piece of kit when it wants to be. Allows you to browse all our music and podcasts at the wheel. However it only connects 20% of the time when plugged in. Then half the time that it does recognise the iphone's plugged in there's no sound coming from it. Also its now started saying there's a line in even though nothings plugged in meaning I can't even listen to the radio. Needs serious sorting out especially for the money it costs.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable and quick to fail, 4 Aug 2012
This review is from: USB Mki9000 Bluetooth Car Kit With A2DP Ipod Connection (Electronics)
I chose to purchase this product as it appeared to be the perfect in-car music and hands-free solution, but frustratingly, this proved to be far from true. Throughout its brief life, my Parrot MKi9000 was used regularly but with care and despite this, it quickly developed a series of faults.

Once fitted, it was a matter of months before certain functions stopped working normally and I had to go back to the Parrot approved installers. They initially resolved the issue, however, it wasn't long before it started experiencing problems again, and less than eighteen months later, and four trips to Parrot approved installers, the device's blue box (the electronic brain) failed completely.

Parrot responded to my initial letter of complaint with a standard and anodyne response, listing instructions for basic fault-finding, but ultimately falling back on the product's warranty period. They have ignored my second letter. This is wholly unsatisfactory of itself.

Parrot products are not cheap and I am very disappointed that mine failed within one and a half years of its purchase. They are clearly not built to last and Parrot seem to care little for their consumers.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parrott mki9000, 19 Aug 2010
This review is from: USB Mki9000 Bluetooth Car Kit With A2DP Ipod Connection (Electronics)
excellent hands free phone kit that allows you to use your iphone to play funky disco tunes with really good clarity whilst driving- very easy to fit if you know what your doing - a 30 min job.
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