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Clarion RCB-199

External Bluetooth® microphone for select Clarion receivers

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by Zak Billmeier
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Your Clarion in-dash receiver features built-in Bluetooth, but your callers keep asking you to repeat yourself. That's because your receiver's built-in microphone may not be effective in some problem vehicles. Connect this noise-canceling microphone to your Clarion's mic input, use its visor mount to place it in a good spot, and they'll hear you loud and clear. Warranty: 1 year.

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  • Microphone (with attached 13.25' cable terminated by a right-angle 3.5mm connector)
  • Mounting bracket (installed)
  • 4 Self-adhesive cable clips

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Overview: The Clarion RCB-199 is an external microphone which can be connected to a Clarion or other aftermarket head unit with built-in Bluetooth that features a 3.5mm microphone input. The RCB-199 external microphone provides better performance in noisy environments than the integrated microphone found on the front-panel of some Bluetooth-enabled head unit.

3.5mm Connector: The microphone features an attached 13.25' cord terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector which plugs into the microphone input on the rear-chassis of your compatible Clarion or aftermarket head unit.

Mounting Bracket: The microphone also features an integrated sun-visor clip for mounting the external microphone in your vehicle. The integrated bracket allows the microphone to swivel left-to-right and rotate up-or-down.

 
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1 out of 5

Disappointed

Written By Art, troy, missouri on Saturday, August 16, 2014
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This product was defective and it cost me an extra $60.00 as I had to buy the one from my stereo installer. It has been over a week that I requested a return envelope and it is stillnot arrived.
Crutchfield response on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
We show the original return envelope was sent on August 11th. After receiving this review Customer Support has issued another Return Envelope for this order.
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5 out of 5

Clarion RCB-199

Written By Tom H, Washington NC on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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excellent microphone.......
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4 out of 5

Don't Skip this When Ordering Clarion BT Head Unit

Written By Andrew, Nashville, TN on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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This makes the Bluetooth feature on my Clarion VX401 work. Period. Nobody complains anymore that it sounds bad. Easy to install and durable. Too bad it doesn't come with the radio because it absolutely needs this to work well. Just found out that my unit is no longer available for sale.
Pros:
Sounds terrific to the people you're calling.
Cons:
Have to pay extra for it.
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3 out of 5

Great to have...

Written By Wheels55, Plano, TX on Monday, January 30, 2012
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Works great but seems to pickup a bit more background noise than it should. Could be my fault though... 400HP V8 with Magnaflow exhaust.
Pros:
Hands free!
Cons:
Wish it could cancel backgound noise better...
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3 out of 5

RCB-199 and NX501 Headunit

Written By Angelo, Tampa, FL on Thursday, December 22, 2011
 
I waited to install the mic for 8 mos because I was waiting to buy the HD tuner and install both at the same time. Well the mic has so much static at any setting the other end cant hear you at all. After some research on the internet I found out that Clarion techs have confirmed the mic doesn't work in the NX501 and from what I read its a hardware issue so a software update most likely wont work. Maybe later units will work but I bought this head unit when it first came out in Feb of 2011. So I cant return the mic because of it being so long ago of an order. I also tried using a different mic to test with so now I definetly know its an issue because of the headunit. So if you buy this mic for an NX501 test it immedietly so you can return it if need be.
Pros:
nothing
Cons:
Doesn't work with the Clarion NX501
[Editor's Note: Thanks for your comments. We asked Clarion about this and received the following message from their technical services manager: "We have tested the RCB199 with the NX501 and it does work. This customer may have connected the RCB199 into the SWI jack (steering wheel interface jack) instead of the microphone jack."]
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2 out of 5

ok

Written By John, San Antonio TX on Friday, April 29, 2011
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For the price it is just OK...it functions. However, if you are going highway speeds, even with windows up, AC on a low setting and not much external noise, people on the other end of the line still have a lot of trouble hearing you. ALmost every time I have used it, I have to switch to handset which defeats the purpose of having blue tooth.
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5 out of 5

Great mike

Written By Tim, Vermilion on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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This compact item installed without a hitch. It has plenty of cable and will adapt
to any setup
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1 question already asked

Will this work on my dell venue 8 pro ? [ Tommy  Jul 14, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • It's a standard plug. Shouldn't be a problem. [ CHRISTOPHER   Jul 15, 2014 ]
  • I do not know because I havd it connected to my clarion vz401 head unit for an external mic for blue tooth. [ JUSTIN   Jul 15, 2014 ]
  • its standard phone mic for a car radio [ ANTONIO   Jul 15, 2014 ]
  • Not sure about that. I would look up the specs on the clarion mic, sensitivity etc. and then find a mic recommended for that computer and compare them. Hope that helps. [ JOHN T   Jul 14, 2014 ]

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