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    Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    So I finally got to installing BT solution for streaming music from my phone. There are multiple BT adapters available, but RedTango tested and recommended this setup and I went with it:

    Amazon.com: Miccus Mini-jack RX: Bluetooth Music Receiver pair it with Phones, Tablets, PCs and Apple Devices: MP3 Players & Accessories

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    I was not sure if I need Ground Isolator, so I skipped it for now. Daytime music is crisp and crystal clear. It might change when headlights are on at night. I'll see.

    Whole "installation" took about 30 seconds - you just plug the Miccus into the AUX in the glove box and power it from the 12v right there. I'll buy some velcro stickers and install it totally out of sight, deep and on the "ceiling" of the glove box, so only two wires coming out of AUX/12v remain visible.

    $40 vs... whatever Blose option cost. Awesome!

    Now I can install phone cradle and it'll be super clean with NO wires coming out of it (unless needs charging on long trips). I think I found the place and method to mount cradle. Now just need to do some prototyping and then CAD and order it.
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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    Thanks for sharing. I have a base audio 981 CS on order.

    1. Does the power plug turned off when you turn off the car? I had connection problems with BT devices that always stay on (had to turn BT off/on on my phone to connect)

    2. Please share also your results with the phone mount (what phone model?). I am looking for a way to mount it high so I can look at the road and GPS at the same time.

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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    Quote Originally Posted by zapta View Post
    Thanks for sharing. I have a base audio 981 CS on order.

    1. Does the power plug turned off when you turn off the car? I had connection problems with BT devices that always stay on (had to turn BT off/on on my phone to connect)

    2. Please share also your results with the phone mount (what phone model?). I am looking for a way to mount it high so I can look at the road and GPS at the same time.
    1. Yes, that's the best part - you pair it once, than it turns on and connects when senses USB power (when car starts). All you need to do - just start the car and pic what to play on your phone.

    2. I have an HTC android phone. I found that you can stick credit card deep and nicely to the left of the radio screen. So I'm planning on making a bracket to go there. Phone will be just right of the steering wheel. Really the best position short of my suby setup where cradle mounted right on top of steering column. But you can't do that in Boxster - it'll cover the speed/gear reading.

    I tried this cd slot mount. It's okay, but not optimal. Looks weird and iterfere with everything, including shifting.

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    I did prototype of phone cradle! I tried for a while the one that goes into CD slot, but it was not optimal...

    So I disassembled it and used the top part with the metal bracket that I inserted into the space around the radio. There are two locations I consider right now. The position on the right of the screen interferes with cupholder, so it's out.

    The bracket will be black, and practically invisible behind the cradle. So when the phone is in - all you see is phone. When there is no phone - you'll see cradle like on pictures (needed phone to actually take a picture )

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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    Just to verify--your phone automatically pairs when you get in the car? One of the reviews on Amazon said that you have to press a button on the bluetooth receiver every time, which sort of defeats the purpose for me.
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    No, I don't need to press a button every time. But it did un-paired once during the week.

    Manual says it powers on if USB power detected. But judging by the light - it just stays on most of the time. It's defenetely have enough battery for overnight.

    I'm going to try Griffin BT also. Just because it's one device with power plug. Paired with very short cord - it'll make very clean install.
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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    I have the Miccus for audio streaming and noticed when it is plugged in, my bluetooth phone quality is greatly diminished. Have you experienced the same?

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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    Quote Originally Posted by Widman View Post
    I have the Miccus for audio streaming and noticed when it is plugged in, my bluetooth phone quality is greatly diminished. Have you experienced the same?
    Honestly, I don't take too many calls in the car. So I didn't use phone with Miccus yet. Will try. Why would miccus affect BT phone if it's not in the loop?

    Also I'm waiting now for griffin BT device to test, only because it'll make extra clean install (together with extra short audio cable).
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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    I ordered these parts after I read your original post, and they should arrive today. I'll test the set up, and see if it affects my phone calls. I am using an iphone 4S, utilizing the blu tooth and SIRI. I'll see if this setup causes me problems with the phone.

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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    Quote Originally Posted by gedwin View Post
    I ordered these parts after I read your original post, and they should arrive today. I'll test the set up, and see if it affects my phone calls. I am using an iphone 4S, utilizing the blu tooth and SIRI. I'll see if this setup causes me problems with the phone.
    Just to clarify - Miccus has no part in BT phone calls. BT goes through porsche original (base) audio system, and music goes through Miccus. Phone pairs with two devices when I start the car!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trusevich View Post
    Just to clarify - Miccus has no part in BT phone calls. BT goes through porsche original (base) audio system, and music goes through Miccus. Phone pairs with two devices when I start the car!
    Agreed, but I think what we are checking is if there is some kind of interference.

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    Ok, just got the parts and tested them out.

    First, what a nice compact setup, neatly hidden.

    I streamed music from the iPhone. While music is playing I pressed the button to summon SIRI, requested a call. Music paused automatically and phone call was placed. Got a clear connection. Disconnected call and music resumed.

    The caller return called me, I answered, music paused, call was clear. I hung up, music resumed.

    No interferences, worked perfectly.

    The only thing I wonder is if someone else close to my car picks up the BT availability and tries to connect, will I get disconnected? Not that I should expect that to be a common occurrence.

    Also, I didn't use the audio cable, I used the male-to-male metal connector provided in the box.
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    When I got in the car to go home last night I realized I had not started the car when I tested it. I was temporarily disappointed when I heard engine related static over the sound system only when using the BT. However, I am happy to say that when I reached in the glove box and twisted the connector between the miccus and input jack, the noise went away and has not returned. Obviously a clean connection here is going to be important. But so far it is working well.

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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    Quote Originally Posted by gedwin View Post
    Ok, just got the parts and tested them out.

    First, what a nice compact setup, neatly hidden.
    Ha! Don't call that nice setup until you see this! :



    My Griffin arrived. Plus 5" extra short, double 90deg cable. The quality of sound - I can't hear any difference with Miccus. It's a few bucks more. But! All you can see is that little cable going from V12 to AUX. That's it! It's so clean most people would completely miss that something is installed there. Now I'm almost satisfied. If I can only find 2" cable... I'd call it perfect.

    The miccus goes into my Suby. There I don't care about perfection
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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    Quote Originally Posted by trusevich View Post
    Ha! Don't call that nice setup until you see this! :



    My Griffin arrived. Plus 5" extra short, double 90deg cable. The quality of sound - I can't hear any difference with Miccus. It's a few bucks more. But! All you can see is that little cable going from V12 to AUX. That's it! It's so clean most people would completely miss that something is installed there. Now I'm almost satisfied. If I can only find 2" cable... I'd call it perfect.

    The miccus goes into my Suby. There I don't care about perfection
    Can you post links to where you bought all of the parts so one can replicate your setup?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Farani View Post
    Can you post links to where you bought all of the parts so one can replicate your setup?


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    So when you get a phone call, do you answer it through the Griffin or through the car? I would rather use the car setup for that, but just add bluetooth audio.
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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    Quote Originally Posted by 73S View Post
    So when you get a phone call, do you answer it through the Griffin or through the car? I would rather use the car setup for that, but just add bluetooth audio.
    Yes, phone BT is separate function on Griffin, it says you have to push a button to use it, but i didn't even tried it, as it's of no use in glove box. My phone connects to two different devices when car starts - Porsche hands free phone, and Griffin for music.
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    re: Bluetooth streaming with base audio - $40

    I'm using the Griffin also. It's wonderful. Stays paired up and just goes to the last song on my iPhone when I hit Aux. If you pair your phone with the cars phone Bluetooth then your set for everything. The car is also smart enough to detect a phone call, you press the steering wheel or head unit button and it mutes the radio or audio. Wen you hang up the radio fires right up.

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    Talk about clean. Makes me wish that my 987.2 had the aux and 12v in the glovebox!
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