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    Default New Kenwood system

    After finally convincing the wife to get me an iPod for chrimbo I know need to come up with a watertight plan for adding some ice to my car :-)

    I want a system that will:

    1) as cheap as possible :-)
    2) control/charge my new iPod
    3) have bluetooth handfree phone operation
    4) retain the steering wheel controls

    So I was thinking that these satisfy 1), 2) and 3):

    Kenwood KDC-W3537A with KCA-IP500
    http://www.dynamicsounds.co.uk/kenwo...60204a1f6939e6
    Kenwood KCA-BT100
    http://www.dynamicsounds.co.uk/kenwo...60204a1f6939e6


    But I got really confused when it came to sorting out need number 4).
    What other cables do I need, for steering wheel, ISO, aerial etc? I have the standard CD30 in my car.

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    Thats not a bad price at all.... I need to upgrade mine as its getting a but knackered now...

    Terran

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    I would be a little carefull with the BT adaptor mate, i spoke to kenwood technical a while back as a customer wanted to have this and keep cd changer & ipod etc.

    I was told to get him a seperate bluetooth kit as the kenwood one wasn't great!

    Might pay to see if you can find some reviews?

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    hey pal,

    have a look on www.talkaudio.co.uk in the classifieds section. Should be able to get a few bargains from there, but be careful, you may end up buying a lot more than intended!

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    I went into my local car audio shop yesterday to look at the Kenwood units.
    Had a go with the bluetooth kit.
    Using my T-Mobile MDA Compact III I could make and receive calls ok but it would not show the address book. The guy said its because my phone is also a PDA so the address book is different to normal phones.

    Works ok on my dads BMW factory system.

    So looking for something else now maybe Pioneer or Alpine.
    Anyone know how good the Bluetooth stuff is on these?

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    To be honest i would go for a seperate bluetooth car kit rather than incorporating the stereo as well. Even if you find a BT stereo that works with your current handset it may not on the next one and the likes of www.parrot.com / www.bury.com release a lot more software updates which add new phones to the portfolio as that's there game! (Bury have a wicked 9060 BT kit coming out soon like the Parrot CK3200 but touchscreen and fully voice controlled - will read out messages to you - we are testing at present :-))

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    Maddog1974: Yes I think I am coming to that same conclusion.

    Might just get an iPod compatible HU and then sort the Phone out later. Will be swapping the phone in 6-months when the contract runs out, so may wait until then.

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    argh, now I want a proper Kenwood Ipod connector for my h/unit, I was happy with the fm transmitter until now!

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