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Old 01-26-2015, 07:39 AM
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lousy phone calls over bluetooth

This morning a third person told me that they couldn't quite make out my conversation over OEM Bluetooth. Anyone else have this issue, is there a solution? Upgrade the mic? replace the Bluetooth module? Or?
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:44 PM
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turn down the volume. The BMW bluetooth system is very primitive and has horrible echo cancellation capabilities. so you need to turn down the caller to where you can just hear them to make yourself sound a lot better to the other end.

I would like to know if the more modern Microphone will make a difference, but I have yet to find anyone that has done the retrofit.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:10 PM
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Thanks for the tip, I'll try that next time. My x3 has the logic7 option and was also wondering if that's causing some kind of problem.

Yeah, I'd like to also know if someone has replaced the mic for better sound (noise cancellation, etc) on the other end.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:09 PM
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I had the same problem with my iphone 4s. I upgraded to a 5s (the 4s wifi stopped working)

The new phone works fine. Must have been a problem with the phone

Also pull down the overhead compartment and the speaker is on the left side. Spray around it with compressed air. There is a filter over the speaker that might be dusty

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Old 01-27-2015, 05:59 AM
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I have the same problem and haven't found a solution for it
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:46 AM
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Supposedly the newer BMW microphone snaps right in and has far better echo cancelling and audio quality. It's $60.00 and I have not found one person that has tried the upgrade and said if it really works or not.

http://www.bimmernav.com/store/catal...hone-p-93.html

http://www.zpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453913
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:32 AM
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Tim,

As per realoem the 762 mic is already on the PC73 (Pre LCI) and PC93 (LCI) E83 models. Unless if BMW updated part design but kept the part# same, I suspect, we already have the upgraded mic in our E83.

I have same issue. The other end can barely make out what I am saying once I am past 40 MPH. Below that is fine.
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:39 AM
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well that is good to know, sad that we dont have a way to upgrade, and honestly BMW was insanely stupid with microphone placement in the X3. I am thinking of swapping the MIC to the closer position to the driver. OR possibly getting a spare unit and adding an aftermarket noise cancelling mic in place of the BMW mic's module.

The $12.95 mic on the $200 JVC radio in my Honda civic can even filter out road noise at 60 mph with the windows down.

I wonder if the Argos/EIS Bluetooth module is a lot better than the BMW stock.

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Old 01-27-2015, 10:42 PM
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For whatever it's worth: I just checked and in my 2006 model I have the newer microphone.
However it was good that I checked because I noticed that in my car the Mike had gotten loose and was rattling around.
So maybe that fixed my problem.
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:09 PM
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For whatever it's worth: I just checked and in my 2006 model I have the newer microphone.
However it was good that I checked because I noticed that in my car the Mike had gotten loose and was rattling around.
So maybe that fixed my problem.
replying to my own post: that did INDEED fix my problem
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:23 AM
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turn down the volume. .
So far this is working well, it's harder to hear the person but the other party can hear a lot better.
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Old 07-08-2015, 12:38 PM
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update
I replaced my iphone 4s with the iphone 6 and apparently people can hear me better, not great but better... I'll check the mic, maybe I can still squeeze better sound.
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:03 PM
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Bottom line the mic is too far away to get a good signal.
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