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 Old 08-23-2017, 01:16 AM   #1
 
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Default Bluetooth in 2007 MS6 (Grom or GTA car kit or XcarLink)

Hello.

I would like to get Bluetooth capability in my 2007 Mazdaspeed 6 Grand Touring for phone calls and for playing music.

I've done some searching on this forum and another and most threads I come across are older and the products those guys have don't have BT, only aux jacks or iPod cables.

I am trying to decide between the Grom, GTA car kit, or the XcarLink. Is there another option to consider?

My stereo is stock. It is the in dash 6 disc Bose system. I do have a satellite radio installed, but I do not have a subscription, don't use it and never will.
I am not too concerned about being able to play music from a USB drive or aux stereo input (headphone jack).

1) Any help or experiences are appreciated.

2) I already get a little stereo whine on the radio when my phone is charging (I feel like I might also experience this when the headlights are on as well). How should I address that? I'm expecting it might be worse if the music is coming from the device that is charging? Some sort of ground loop isolator? I'm not familiar with these. Does it go in the cigarette lighter circuit or the power supply or ground for the stereo? Feel free to recommend a brand/supplier.

3) Lastly, it looks like the stereo treats these three BT devices like an external CD player and you use the CD button to select them. The stereo has a "Media" button. What the heck is that for?! Why didn't Mazda utilize it? Why don't these auxiliary input/Bluetooth companies (GTA or XcarLink or Grom) use it? Just curious.

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I've been using the PAC sni ground loop isolator and Himbox HB01 Plus bluetooth for the last few years and they work like a charm. Just plug into your aux input. The media button switches to aux input, at least on my MS3.

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I have the xcarlink in my speed 6. installation is pretty straight forward. I believe unit will plug into the back of your stock radio and gets it power from there. Will have to unplug your satellite I'm thinking since I believe the xcarlink will use the same plug. NO whine for me. I have the kit that includes the phone which means it has a mic. You use the mode button to change to it. The only thing I don't like is it does not switch modes when you get a phone call. You have to manually switch it.
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I just installed the XCarLink and it was exceptionally easy. I wish it could pass some track info to the display and how it works with the transport buttons is a little clunky, but the sound quality is great.

I had purchased the XCarLink before I saw this, but I would have tried something like the Anker Sound Sync first to see if it worked acceptably and if I could find a good spot for it.
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I just installed the XCarLink and it was exceptionally easy. I wish it could pass some track info to the display and how it works with the transport buttons is a little clunky, but the sound quality is great.

I had purchased the XCarLink before I saw this, but I would have tried something like the Anker Sound Sync first to see if it worked acceptably and if I could find a good spot for it.
I've got the xcarlink. Aside from it cutting out some low end and high end over Bluetooth, it's an awesome device. I'm planning to try and build my own solution using a raspberry pi in the near future though.

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