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Old 07-22-2013, 03:11 PM
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BMW Bluetooth speaker

Has anyone tried the BMW bluetooth speaker (clips to visor)?

It's listed on Amazon for $89.10. It seems like a good deal. I would like it better if I could get something that integrates with my 328i's speakers, but not sure if that's available.

Any recommendations are welcome.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:50 PM
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Do you have an AUX Input?
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:17 PM
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Do you have an AUX Input?
Yes, I do.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:33 PM
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My wife and I bought this for the X3.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008XMV05G/

She really only needed it for the music streaming, since the X3 has Bluetooth phone, but we tried the phone portion of this device for S&Gs and it works very well.

The "hardest" part is figuring out where to mount it (comes with a Velcro pad to mount anywhere).

Check out the reviews and see what you think. Lmk if you need any specs on it (cable length, size, etc)
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:14 PM
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My wife and I bought this for the X3.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008XMV05G/

She really only needed it for the music streaming, since the X3 has Bluetooth phone, but we tried the phone portion of this device for S&Gs and it works very well.

The "hardest" part is figuring out where to mount it (comes with a Velcro pad to mount anywhere).

Check out the reviews and see what you think. Lmk if you need any specs on it (cable length, size, etc)
Very nice. I looked at that and this: http://amzn.com/B004CLYJ2I
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:58 PM
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Also seems good. No personal experiences but the review scores look good.
Just glad you're aware that there are other options out there.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:39 PM
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Also seems good. No personal experiences but the review scores look good.
Just glad you're aware that there are other options out there.
I ordered it and it will arrive on my doorstep two days from now. Quite excited. Just hoping I can somehow hide the cable(s) that will be exposed. Good thing there's a charger outlet next to the aux input. All I have to worry about is the one cable that goes to the device itself since I will be putting it near the radio.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:12 PM
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Well, the device charges USB.

They've included a lengthy AUX cable that goes from the device (or rather the device platform, but you'll understand) to the AUX port in your car. It's quite long so you won't have to put it so near the radio.

The device itself is charged via USB, and we charge ours via our Mac mini.

Again, if you need any additional info, just let me know.

Edit: sorry, I was assuming you meant the go groove. I'm sure the Belkon product is more or less the same.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:52 PM
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Well, the device charges USB.

They've included a lengthy AUX cable that goes from the device (or rather the device platform, but you'll understand) to the AUX port in your car. It's quite long so you won't have to put it so near the radio.

The device itself is charged via USB, and we charge ours via our Mac mini.

Again, if you need any additional info, just let me know.

Edit: sorry, I was assuming you meant the go groove. I'm sure the Belkon product is more or less the same.
No worries.

I should be getting the product tomorrow (Wed). Will post a review on it.


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Old 07-24-2013, 12:25 AM
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Probably a bit late now, but to answer your original question, yes I had the BMW bluetooth speaker. When I bought my car I was not going to buy it because it didn't have BT and so they threw in that speaker as a little bonus for me. I would say that it works fine, it isn't anywhere near as good as having the factory bluetooth (which I have retrofitted and it awesome).

But if you want an easy, cheap solution to get hands free BT in your car the little speaker isn't bad. It charges pretty quickly and stays charged for a long time.

Good luck with your new device.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:38 AM
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Probably a bit late now, but to answer your original question, yes I had the BMW bluetooth speaker. When I bought my car I was not going to buy it because it didn't have BT and so they threw in that speaker as a little bonus for me. I would say that it works fine, it isn't anywhere near as good as having the factory bluetooth (which I have retrofitted and it awesome).

But if you want an easy, cheap solution to get hands free BT in your car the little speaker isn't bad. It charges pretty quickly and stays charged for a long time.

Good luck with your new device.
How did you get BT retrofitted? I would rather do that. Having that would be even better.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:52 AM
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What year/model is your car and which features do you have i.e. iDrive, BMW Assist etc.

For my vehicle I have a 2009 e90 w iDrive, no BMW Assist and it did not have Bluetooth but had a mulf unit in the trunk under the spare tire. It was a very strange combo. There are a few of us out there which had this setup.

It is kind of a job to retrofit it, but if you have the same setup as me I was able to do it by:
1. coding the BT option into the car
2. running a mic wire from the MULF unit in the trunk to the mic in the map light unit
3. installing an antenna to the MULF unit.

I had a lot of help from another member on the board with the coding and helping me run the wires.

Overall the whole install can be done pretty cheaply if you can get the coding done reasonably and can do the wiring yourself.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:56 PM
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What year/model is your car and which features do you have i.e. iDrive, BMW Assist etc.

For my vehicle I have a 2009 e90 w iDrive, no BMW Assist and it did not have Bluetooth but had a mulf unit in the trunk under the spare tire. It was a very strange combo. There are a few of us out there which had this setup.

It is kind of a job to retrofit it, but if you have the same setup as me I was able to do it by:
1. coding the BT option into the car
2. running a mic wire from the MULF unit in the trunk to the mic in the map light unit
3. installing an antenna to the MULF unit.

I had a lot of help from another member on the board with the coding and helping me run the wires.

Overall the whole install can be done pretty cheaply if you can get the coding done reasonably and can do the wiring yourself.
Doesn't sound too bad. I wish I had bluetooth built in to begin with, but it's okay, I love the car either way. It's the best.

What do you mean by the 'mulf' unit?

I have an '09 328i E90 w/o iDrive, w/o BMW Assist.



This is the Belkin bluetooth module I was talking about. It works perfectly. The calls (and all other audio) are routed through the car speakers. Music is muted when I'm in a call. Quality is superb. Now I just have to figure out how to hide all the cabling.

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Old 07-24-2013, 02:45 PM
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This is essentially what I did. See if this video matches what your configuration is:

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