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Add the convenience of hands-free calling to your compatible Kenwood CD or DVD receiver. The KCA-BT200 Bluetooth adapter lets you answer incoming calls, place outgoing calls, and scroll through your phone book entries — all without ever touching your Bluetooth compatible cell phone. In fact, once the system is set up, you don't even need to take your phone out of your bag to establish the Bluetooth connection.

Talk through the included microphone, and the adapter mutes your Kenwood stereo, routing your call through the car's speakers. The KCA-BT200 supports music streaming from Bluetooth enabled music players and cell phones with music players. Automatic phonebook synchronization drops your phone numbers into your Kenwood stereo without any fuss. If your receiver has touchscreen controls, you can select outgoing calls with the touch of a finger.

Note: Compatibility of this device may vary, depending on your phone and service provider.

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Highlights:

  • Bluetooth® interface adapter for Kenwood stereos
  • offers wireless connection between select Kenwood car stereos and Bluetooth compatible cell phones
  • supports music streaming
  • send and receive calls with the stereo's controls
  • pass-through port lets you keep your Kenwood CD changer
  • handles up to five different phones
  • dimensions: 4-5/8"W x 1-1/8"H x 5-1/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth Hands Free Box with attached 56" cable (has a round 13-pin male connector)
  • Microphone with attached 9.75' cable (has a minijack connector)
  • 7" adapter cable (Round 13-pin female connector on one end and a male 9-pin connector on other end
  • 1 Strip of self-adhesive Velcro tape
  • 2 Self-tapping screws
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty Card
  • "NOTES" sheet
  • "CORRECTION" sheet
  • "About SMS" sheet
  • "Update Notices" sheet

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Features

Overview: The Kenwood KCA-BT200 Bluetooth Hands Free Box allows you to make and receive calls on your Bluetooth-equipped cellular telephone, including the Apple iPhone through select Kenwood head units that feature a 5L or KAB connector and are Bluetooth ready. Visit www.kenwood.com/bt/information/ for a complete list of compatible Kenwood headunits and bluetooth enabled phones. The KCA-BT200 Bluetooth has caller ID (subscription required through your cell-phone) and can be paired with up to five Bluetooth-enabled phones and download each phone's address book. The keys or touchscreen of your compatible Kenwood headunit can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call or end a call. The unit also has a microphone that can be mounted in the dash or headliner, so you can listen to the conversation through your car's front speakers.

Registering Cell Phone: Your cell phone must be paired with the KCA-BT200 before you make and receive calls. You can register up to five cell phones.

Downloading Phone Book: You can download phone book data from your cell phone to the KCA-BT200. Up to 1000 numbers can be stored for each registered cell phone. Each number can be up to 32 digits long and each name can be up to 50 characters long.

Note: The Apple iPhone/iPhone 3G will not download its phonebook to your Kenwood aftermarket radio through this unit.

Private Mode: During a conversation, you can switch between the Private Mode (talking directly on your cell phone) and the Hands Free Mode.

Dialing Phone Numbers: Using the KCA-BT200, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

  • Entering a Phone Number: allows you to directly dial a phone number
  • Quick Dialing Function: allows you to register up to 6 phone numbers for quick dialing
  • Phone Book: you can dial by using the downloaded phone book. You can search for a number by the initials, or you can search the phone book in alphabetical order.
  • Outgoing Call List: allows you to dial by using the outgoing call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the outgoing call list.
  • Incoming Call List: allows you to dial by using the incoming call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the incoming call list.
  • Missed Call List: allows you to dial by using the missed call list. Up to 10 phone numbers are stored in the missed call list.
  • Voice Dialing: if your phone supports voice recognition, then you can dial out by voice command. You can register up to 35 voice tags.

Automatic Answer: This function automatically answers a call after a user-selectable period of time. You can choose to have a call answered immediately, or after 8 or 99 seconds have elapsed.

SMS: You can wirelessly download the short message (SMS) arrived at your cell-phone so that is can be read on your connected Kenwood headunit via the KCA-BT200. You cell-phone must support SMS for this feature to function. the SMS downloaded to this unit is cleared when this unit is turned off.

Voice Output: You can specify which speakers the voice comes through in your vehicle. You can choose one of the following:

  • Front: outputs voice from the front left and right speakers
  • Front Right: outputs voice from the front right speaker
  • Front Left: outputs voice from the front left speaker

Microphone: A small stand with a self-adhesive base allows the microphone to be mounted on a flat surface. The microphone swivels on the stand. The microphone has an attached 9.75' cable terminated by a male 3.5mm minijack connector which plugs into the KCA-BT200. The microphone has the following dimensions: W=0.595", H=0.945", D=1.465".

Bluetooth Audio: The KCA-BT200 is compatible with Bluetooth audio players that have A2DP or AVRCP profiles. Playback functions include: Play/Pause, Skip Back/Forward, Fast Forward/Reverse, and Stop.

Dip Switches: The KCA-BT200 has a set of dip switches on the back that need to be set to match the receiver it's connected to. If not set correctly some features may not work or function properly.

Pass-Through Ports: The KCA-BT200 features pass-through ports for Kenwood components which feature a 5L or KAB connector. Only the terminal which has the same shape as that of the connector connected to your Kenwood headunit can be used. Only one external device can be connected to that port.

Optional 2-Changer Switch: The KCA-BT200 is compatible with Kenwood's 2-Changer Switch interface module (113KCAS220, sold separately), which allows connection of two CD-changers, only when the KCA-BT200 is connected to your Kenwood headunit via a 5L port. The KCA-S220A is not compatible with KAB Kenwood headunits.

 
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2 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT200

Written By Adam, Plano, TX on Sunday, November 21, 2010
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Connected to a DNX-5140 in a 2005 Subaru WRX. It has been installed for 2 years
and the firmware has been upgraded to 3.12. Mounting Info: Control module was
behind the dash controls, but has been moved to under the driver seat. The microphone
was hanging from the central map light, but has been moved to the gauge cluster. It is
mounted to the bezel using double-sided tape AND Velcro in order to isolate the unit from
road/car vibration. Phones: Blackberry Curve & Bold, Palm Pre Pros: The unit is plug-and-
play. No loose wires must be terminated. I have never had connection issues with the unit
dropping connections to phones. Sound quality of incoming voices over the car speakers is
excellent. Cons: To others my voice sounds AWFULL. When I first purchased it the sound
quality was much better. With a Blackberry my voice is unrecognizable. The Palm Pre
sounds slightly better. At highway speeds the sound is so bad that I cannot use the unit.
Originally I mounted the control unit behind the dash. The manual states that it should put it
far away from electronics, so I finally moved it to under my seat. It didn't help. Moving the
microphone to the instrument cluster has slightly improved the performance. When the car
is parked, the sound quality of my voice is OK, but not what I expect for so much money.
Every few months it freezes and the head unit must be reset. To improve sound quality I
have purchased and am waiting for a 3rd party microphone.
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2 out of 5

BT200

Written By Gustavo, New york city,NY on Wednesday, November 10, 2010
 
I always being a kenwood fan for their great products, but atfer purchasing this bluetooth unit i can't be more sad and dissapointed.

My SUV which is a isuzu vehicross is loaded with all but kenwood audio devices such as head unit,digital EQ,all around speakers with two amps and subwoofers.

When i heard about the bluetooth unit i couldn't be more happier,was like the last piece of the puzzle to what i've called the perfect audio system

After installation every thing worked just perfect for the first two weeks back in march this year.

Thereafter the BT-200 just stopped working,wasn't able to listen or talk to anyone who called me.

Yesterday i update the firmware to figured out if that can fix the pulcrit,but no success,nothing didn't work.

So now i got to remove my dash & center console to send the unit at one of kenwood service centers.

My phone is a brand new HTC HD-2 by T-mobile so no way the issue can be the phone.

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4 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT200

Written By Anonymous, Omaha Nebraska on Sunday, April 25, 2010
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Great product. Easy Installation. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars and not 5 is that the first unit sent didn't work right - not sure why or what the deal was. The new unit works flawlessly and I love it. Crutchfield got a 5 star review on the purchase because of their excellent customer service when there was a problem. I would recommend this product to a friend.
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5 out of 5

Works like advertised

Written By matt, Ruckersville VA on Monday, December 28, 2009
 
I have a Blackberry 8330 Curve on the Ntelos network here outside of Charlottesville. I added this unit to my DDX514 and set my phone to discover new devices. The KCA-BT200 was found immediately. I then called my wife in the house from the driveway and she said the call was crystal clear. The phone book from the Blackberry automatically downloaded to the head unit and was easy to use. My only gripe is saving a preset number is not very intuitive. The SMS feature is not supported by Blackberry.
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4 out of 5

Blackberry Bold 9000

Written By postond, Atlanta Ga on Saturday, November 07, 2009
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1st, I guess I didnt do enough homework, it only uses the front speakers, on my truck they are only 1.5" tweeters. The sound quality is fair, but I can get enough volume out of them. Install went great, but i can hear anything with road noise.

My fault, didnt RTM,

David
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT200 - Thumbs Up

Written By Joe, Florence, NJ on Saturday, October 24, 2009
 
I was a little skeptical when I read some of the reviews of this receiver AFTER I placed my order. Now, after having had this receiver installed and in use for a couple of weeks, I am ready to give my opinion.

I chose to have my receiver professionally installed because the Master Sheet was not available for my car and installation was cheap enough at $75. I could not be happier with the unit and its functions. The radio functionilty, reception, and audio quality is perfect. The Bluetooth reciever (which needed to be EASILY adjusted) works flawlessly and I am told sounds as good or better than any earpeice Bluetooth headset. It also downloads and display my phonebook when calls come in and go out. The iPod controls work fantastically. I also installed the unit with the steering wheel control and it works as good as the factory installed radio that it replaced.

The manual, which seems to have gotten a lot of bad reviews here, is fine. Once you get an understanding of the icon legends, it is a good as any other tech manual I've seen. You'll spend some time with the manual learning how to control the radio, and then never look at it again.

All in all, I would HIGHLY recommend this unit. Economically priced and does what it is supposed to do.
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3 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT200

Written By akwiseguy, Anchorage, AK on Wednesday, October 07, 2009
 
I bought the KCA-BT200 for my KDC-MP342U head unit. This was a Scratch and Dent unit that was in like new condition with no scratches or even a hint of previous ownership. I placed the unit under the driver seat and ran the connecting cable through my center console and up into the head unit. I placed the mic in the area between the dash and the steering wheel.

Updating the firmware to 1.7 was a pain. I had to manually create a bluetooth connection between it and my laptop. Not as easy as the instructions make it seem.

This unit works with the iPhone 3G as well as the 3GS. Sound quality on my end is excellent, the voice comes in loud and clear through the car speakers. I have been told that the quality of my voice sounds clear at times, but other times like I am talking through a tin can (even after firmware upgrade). Sometimes I feel I am shouting over the road noise for the other person to hear me.

Overall, it is an OK unit. It does what it's supposed to do, but with minor sound quality issues.
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1 out of 5

it works or it don't work

Written By ripvw01, Seattle Wa on Wednesday, September 09, 2009
 
I have a KVT 514 head and the BT-200. I also have a samsung Alias 2 .

The alias is listed and I figured the alias 2 was the same bluetooth wise.

Guess What The BT-200 does NOT work with an alias 2. I asked Kenwood what was up and they replied with a form letter saying they had a staff working on my question and I would recieve an answer in 2 to 10 working days..

It has now been 5 Months and still not 1 word of help from Kenwood.

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5 out of 5

Update Firmware!

Written By burrell, Twin Cities, MN on Thursday, August 20, 2009
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Just installed this unit on a DDX514, linked to an iPhone 3g. It works very well, but the sound was very choppy until I upgraded to the latest firmware version. If you don't have the computer hardware/expertise to do this yourself, find someone who does- you won't be sorry.

Reads the phonebook on the iphone, and control is seamless. Very pleased with this product.

But seriously- Update your firmware!
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2 out of 5

No support for Google G1 phone

Written By Alex, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, May 05, 2009
 
I have contacted Kenwood tech support about the intermittent problem I have with my Google G1 phone. After pairing the devices, they work together fine for a day or two, then suddenly stop seeing each other. Sometimes it can be fixed by choosing "connect" on the phone or the car stereo deck. Sometimes I have to clear the paired devices and start from scratch. Updated to the last firmware version, nothing changes.

Kenwood does not have this phone in their compatibility list. Nor have any information whether they are ever going to test their devices with it. No, they don't have any other bluetooth units that would work with my Kenwood car stereo.

Needless to say, the phone works with several other bluetooth headsets without any problems.
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5 out of 5

Works Great - Even in a Saturn!

Written By tiogaplanet, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, April 29, 2009
 
I bought this from the Scratch and Dent store. It had mild scratches on the exterior case. It looked like typical scuffing from trying to install it. All the cables looked like they hadn't been unwrapped.

I installed this with no problems on a KDC-MP638U h/u. I expected it to work just well enough to make short phone calls. I found that it worked exceptionally well with sound quality on my speakers that was actually better than on the phone itself (a Nokia 2600). The people I call on the other end of the line don't hear the road noise made by my Saturn.

Dialing is clumsy unless you use the speed dial functions. If you need to dial a new number you need to use a combination of the remote control and the h/u but that is probably a fault of my h/u and not the BT200.
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5 out of 5

Works with iPhone 3g and DNX-7100

Written By Michael, Warrington, PA on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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Despite other reviews on here, this DOES work with the iPhone 3g. Just like any other computer driven device, firmware/software updates should be done before writing a review and giving mediocre to poor marks.

The updating is tricky for the KCA-BT200, as you will need access to a PC laptop or desktop that will be in bluetooth range. The update is done over bluetooth and takes about 5mins and is pretty much automated once the software from Kenwood is attained and installed.

I have a custom self-install in a 2000 Jaguar S-type and the sound in the car and on the receivers end is crystal clear. Multiple bluetooth phones can be registered to the BT200 (up to 5 I think).

In summation, the unit works rather well, albeit, firmware/software updates are highly recommended.
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4 out of 5

horray for bluetooth

Written By frank, eastern shore, md on Monday, April 06, 2009
 
ever since i installed this in my work truck. driving has been that much easier. people tell me that it is i little hard to here my at times. but they can still understand what im saying, and hearing them through my speakers is great. the unit syncs to my headunit as soon as i start the truck and downloads my phone book info too. if you have a music ringtone it will play that instead of the generic tone. when the truck is running. my phone chirps to let me know that bluetooth is active before i get into the truck. if you in a area that requires handsfree (wash. d.c.) this is a great product to have. the only reason i gave it 4 stars is because the mic is not the greatest.
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3 out of 5

No Iphone support out of the box

Written By Stefan, Abilene, TX on Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Callers voice sounds crystal clear out of the box but my voice sounds scratchy and the remedy for this issue is to press the DTMF button twice and that usually clears things up on my head unit (DNX-5120). I haven't uploaded the newest version of the firmware but I am hoping that when I do it will provide better support for the Iphone 2G.
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4 out of 5

ya win some.....ya lose some

Written By Brad, Scottsbluff, NE on Tuesday, February 24, 2009
 
Well I have to admit I was very hesitant in buying this adaptor, but I have to say after only a 15 min installation, and 5 min of pairing/address book transftering I can honestly say it is a wonderful addition to my Kenwood Kvt-819DVD!! I love the ability to have my whole address book right in front of me, how ever I would have liked a true hands free system with a voice activation style of dialing.

The only down-fall I have noticed is a bareable crackling/distorted sound from my speakers while in a call. At first I thought something was wrong with my speakers, until I went back to playing music. and I think the 9' microphone cable could be a bit longer.

I am using a Blackberry Curve 8330 (alltel/verizon ver. 4.5) while pairing with adaptor it acted like it( stereo) hung up, so I turned the car off and on again and all was perfect

I have read a few things talking about "sms" yet I haven't noticed anything reguarding this so at this point I can't help ya out there....Sorry
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4 out of 5

Works Good

Written By John, Nicholasville, Ky on Monday, February 16, 2009
 
This works great. Easy to install. People can't tell I'm on HF unless it is raining real hard. Might be my mic placement. I have two RAZR phones and both do great. Easy to find phonebook and numbers on my kenwood 5120. Much better than holding a phone.
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1 out of 5

Worst Ever!

Written By Jay, Huntsville, AL on Friday, January 30, 2009
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This was a very poor decision to purchase - the ability to use in my vehicle is zero! Noise makes the ability for the person on the other end impossible to hear me. In coming sound is fine, but cannot use at all...big waste of money.
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1 out of 5

Poor design, poor audio quality

Written By Bob, NC on Saturday, October 25, 2008
 
Very disappointed with this product. First, it is poorly designed. The cable that connects to the head unit cannot be disconnected at the BT200 side, only at the head unit side. This means if you ever need to move/replace the unit, you need access to the head unit as well.

While I can generally hear people fine, whoever I'm calling on the other end complain that there is a lot of noise & that they can barely hear me, especially if the car is moving. I've already had one replacement unit from Crutchfield to try & correct this problem, but it didn't help.
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5 out of 5

Works well

Written By Dave, Norwalk, CT on Thursday, October 16, 2008
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This unit is easy to install and worked will with my Kenwood DNX5120. I also installed the Sirius tuner that attaches through this unit. Just a simple plug-in connections. Very easy to install and works well.
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3 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT200

Written By corey, leesville, la on Saturday, October 04, 2008
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the kca-bt200 works well it was easy to install. It breaks up a little some times for the person on the other end. Thats what people told me when they were on the phone with me. The kca-bt200 shows some of the names when people call that i have save to my phone but my wife's number will not show. Even when i use the kenwood to look up the phone book on my phone. I get a lot of call so if someone calls when my kenwood is loading up it freezes and i have to turn it off and back on agin.
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5 out of 5

Gotta love it!

Written By Barry, SO Cal on Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Works perfect..gotta love technology!Very easy installation..So easy a caveman can do it!
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5 out of 5

Kris

Written By Kris, Nashville, TN. on Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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This is THE BEST product that I have EVER bought for my phone!!!
I love HI-TECH gadgets and this this is AWESOME! I can hear every word loud and clear in my 2007 Peterbilt 379 with a Cat C-15 twin turbo (Loud truck!). It works great with my Kenwood radio too, I can be jammin' until I get a call then my phone rings through my speakers. After answering my call it was much louder and just as clear as setting next to me, you control how loud you want it through the radio. I have a T-Mobil Dash and I LOVE this Bluetooth unit, it was worth many times the price, I would have paid double that if I did not know better and trust my advisor at Crutchfield!
They hooked me up on my whole system with eveything working as one unit, GREAT JOB!!!
Kris
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT200

Written By jimmy, Warrenton,VA on Saturday, August 09, 2008
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Easy to install, Easy to use everyone i talk to from it cant even tell im on it its that clear. Takes a few minutes to get use to the controls which are different for me then what the instructions had ( installed on the KVT-512 headunit) however the Headunit's manual had everything. sometimes the sync to my phone dosen't get my phonebook and sometimes it does but it seems to relate to the battery level of my phone. Installation of the box took somme though given its size, i ended up putting it behind the headunit and the whole thing still works fine even if you cant see it. Highly Recommend to anyone looking for a good hands free unit.
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1 out of 5

Awful Blackberry Support

Written By bergamo, Vancouver, WA on Sunday, August 03, 2008
 
I wanted to reinforce the other reviews regarding the BT200 and Blackberry phones - they just do not work together. To use bluetooth on my DNX7100 with my Blackberry Pearl 8130, I have to force a connection from my phone to the head unit every single time I enter the car. Not exactly the convenience that bluetooth is supposed to offer.
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1 out of 5

Don't waste your money or time

Written By Amy, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
 
well the beta version of the software update is helping to fix some issues. i think the clarity has improved, because the prior firmware had alot of issues with quality of how one sounded, the connection is better now for my bf's blackberry. my nokia n95 8gb has always been working great. but the "TEL" icon is still not consistently turning on when i start or turn off my car, that problem has not been fixed yet. I believe this problem was also found on a few more forums i researched in the last few months. it is overall better than what it was. the beta version is working better. I think the problem still lies in the software where the dnx7100 that i'm using isn't connecting with the bluetooth properly. Kenwood tells me the dnx7100 is 100% compatible with the bt200 but the numerous emails to Kenwood has not really gotten me any help with them. It seems i am doomed to continue to have connection problems. The best way i've dealt with the "TEL" bluetooth not turning on is to turn the unit off (via the NAV button) then wait 10-15 seconds then turn it back on. Then the "TEL" icon usually appears after.
There's already been numerous posts on various forums with regards to the many issues with this bluetooth.
I now regret selling my pioneer d3 and bluetooth. That bluetooth is far more superior to this one. I never had any clarity problems with how i sounded on the other end. and no static or connection problems. I get alot of sound distortion unlike the D3.

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1 out of 5

Too bad zero stars is not an option

Written By Jeff, Orange County, CA on Friday, July 18, 2008
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First I would like to start with saying, do not even bother looking at this unit if you want to pair it with a blackberry. It's not going to happen, despite what kenwood's compatability chart says! The issue I was having was that after pairing and downloading the contact list the phone would
not maintain a connection with the unit. I would have to make 10-30 attempts in order to get a connection which would last for more than 15min. When I did get a connection, the longest it would last was 30min.
I contacted Kenwood customer support on this and have recieved no help whatsoever.
All I can say is that I am glad that I bought this from Crutchfield, because they bent over backwards to make things right. They were more than willing to take this thing off my hands and send me a different hands free kit that I know will work with the blackberry.
Crutchfield= 2 thumbs up!
Kenwood= 2 thumbs down!

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5 out of 5

This Bluetooth rocks!

Written By Bennyboy, Newark, NJ on Thursday, July 03, 2008
 
Small enoght too hide, clear as a bell, and it pair up with my Razor in seconds. The people I called, didn't even know I was on my hand-free car phone. They said they could hear me like I was using my house phone. My DDX-6019 HU was very easy to hook up with the KCA-BT200 . Kenwood is awesome. Kept up the good work Kenwood, and I always get a great price from Crutchfield.
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3 out of 5

It's OK

Written By Joseph, Cherry Point, NC on Tuesday, June 24, 2008
 
I bought this item because I take long trips to and from NY. It was easy to
install in less than half an hour. I also have the Excelon X792 headunit to
go with it, and a Verizon LG 8300 cell phone. Sometimes it won't
automatically connect, and as of recently, even though it says it's paired
with the unit, I can't make it connect at all. When it does work, the sound
quality is pretty good, although the mic does seem to pick up a lot of the
ambient road noise and funnel that into my calls. Also, occasionally the
privacy feature doesnt work correctly. Sometimes after I use it, I can't get
the unit to go back to regular mode, and then even after disconnecting the
phone (ie. Shutting the vehicle off and restarting) it will reconnect in private
mode anyway.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT200

Written By TIM, TEMECULA, CA on Saturday, June 14, 2008
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I BOUGHT THIS TO HOOK UP TO MY KENWOOD DNX-7100 INSTALL AND SETUP LESS THAN 10 MINUTES. I HAVE MY KENWOOD MUSIC KEG HOOKED INTO MY SIRIUS KEN-1 SAT TUNER AND THEN HAVE MY KEN-1 HOOKED INTO MY KCA-BT200 THEN TH KCA BT-200 INTO THE DNX7100 AND EVERYTHING WORKS GREAT KENWOOD KICKS BUTT NO DOUBT I HAVE THE EXACT SAME SETUP IN MY 05 CAMRY AND MY 09 COROLLA TO INCLUDE THE BOYO BACKUP CAMERA ON BOTH AND I LOVE THE SETUP AND EASE OF USE AND ALSO THE GREAT INTEGRATION I HOOKED MY WIFES OLDER RAZR PHNOE AS WELL AS MY BLACK JACK 2 AND IT WAS EASY PHONE BOOK DOWNLOADED AUTOMATICALLY AND SOUNDS GREAT THANKS CRUTCHFIELD YOU GUYS ARE THE ABSOLTE BEST THAT THERE IS!
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5 out of 5

Awesome, and a breeze to install.

Written By Lakeshow, Los Angeles on Sunday, June 01, 2008
 
I bought this to use with my KVT-719DVD Kenwood head unit in conjunction with my BlackBerry 8310 phone. The BT200 Unit is small enough to hide anywhere, and only needs one cable to connect to the Kenwood hideaway unit. My only gripe with the install is that the wire for the hands free mic was a bit short. It barely reached for me, but that could be easily fixed with an extension cable.

I keep reading all the negative reviews from BlackBerry users, but I had absolutely zero problems getting this to work with my phone. My 8310 curve found the BT200 the first time, and paired with it without a hitch. I must say in advance though, that I took the time to make sure I had the NEWEST firmware for both the phone AND the stereo installed before I even attempted to use them together. I'm sure that made a difference. Kenwood and RIM both have updates readily available via their respective websites, and they are very easy to install for even the novice.

I installed the mic on the A-pillar of my Scion tC. Sound quality is VERY good, with little to no echo. People don't even realize i'm using a handsfree unless I tell them. My phonebook uploads to the head unit and works very well with the alphabetical listings available through the touch screen. Overall, I'm VERY impressed with this product.


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2 out of 5

not ready for prime time

Written By Chuck, Amarillo, TX on Friday, May 23, 2008
 
I added this unit to a Kenwood DNX5120 HU.

a) It is huge; if this much electronics is needed, I wonder how other manufacturers manage to add built-in BT to single-DIN radios! Maybe Kenwood used vacuum tubes.

b) Sound quality is poor; a friend has a Toyota Camry with a factory JBL radio, and that has infinitely better phone sound (both outgoing and incoming).

c) The interface is poorly designed; hands-free operation requires using your hands to dial the call. Some BT settings are reached from the phone screen, others must be reached in a roundabout way from the main setup menu. If there are two phones it won't automatically connect to whichever phone is present, it will only try to connect to the last-connected phone. All of this may have to do with bad firmware on the DNX5120 HU (firmware v1.4.0) rather than with the KCA-BT200 itself.

d) There are strange glitches: sometimes the call switches back to the phone for no reason, sometimes the HU never connects to the phone and must be connected manually, sometimes (rarely) there is just hissing on the line.

e) A microphone must be attached to your dashboard, with wires running all over. The HU has no built-in microphone; it does have an 1/8" front panel input jack but it cannot be used as a BT microphone input. (If this input worked, a simple cable-less button microphone could be bought and left plugged into it.) The microphone must be plugged into the BT box behind the dashboard.
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2 out of 5

Wait

Written By Kevin, Ellington CT on Sunday, May 11, 2008
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I bought this unit with the Kenwood 5120 - it needed coaxing to find my LG8600 but did import all the data once it did. The issues are:
1. dialing fom phone memeory is sporadic. Sometimes it lets you- sometimes it only dials from its six presets
2. setting up chain memory doesn't work - you can't add in pauses & passwords to check voice mail
3. SMS does NOT work - they don't even have a list of tested phones - I went as far as going to Verizon and trying two so I could buy a model that worked - Kenwood support told me they don't have data - or a test unit yet to try this.

As far as voice quality - it is typical of hands free. Folks always complain - expecting handset quality from a speaker going down the road at 55MPH - it won't happen

Why did they release this when it is so clearly not tested or ready. Why would ANY manufacturer not have even a SHORT compatability list
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4 out of 5

Good functionality, when it works...

Written By Simon, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, May 07, 2008
 
I bought the KCA-BT200 unit for my Kenwood DDX-7019 headunit. Installation was simple, taking only about 20 minutes. I installed the microphone by my visor. It's important with this handsfree unit, and any handsfree unit, that your car be quiet. Don't expect this to work fine with the windows open or a loud aftermarket exhaust. Now about the functionality: the phone calls play through the front speakers and the sound is clear both ways. People tell me they can hear me fine. The DDX-7019 headunit can be set up to automatically answer phone calls so you don't even have to take your hands off the wheel. This is a big help for me because my car is a stick-shift. The negative thing is that there may be a defect or some sort of software problem with the KCA-BT200. Sometimes the phone does not show up on the headunit or it's as if the KCA-BT200 module was not connected to the headunit at all. I contacted Kenwood and they tell me that they already are aware of the problem and are working with Parrot (the manufacturer of the Bluetooth technology in the KCA-BT200) to resolve the issue. So hopefully they find out the problem and in that case I would say that this is a great purchase. It integrates seamlessly with the Kenwood headunit and it works well with proper installation.
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1 out of 5

Only as good as it sounds.

Written By Howard, Reno Nevada on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
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I purchased this item because it was direct connect to the kenwood 438U stereo I purchased. Installation was a breeze. Connected right up, downloaded phone book information, and easy to dial. Very happy at first. But then, everyone told me they could not hear me well. They said it sounded like I was about to drop the call. It was scratchy and after 10 or so calls, I found myself disconnecting the bluetooth and talking on the phone, which is illegal in California now. So the product did not serve me well. I have a motorolla unit in my work truck that works great, and decided not only to dump the this model bluetooth, but to purchase what I already know is clear. I also returned the stereo and purchased on that does not have bluetooth, because the other unit I purchased is stand alone. The product is only as good as it sounds. I saw other reviews that said it was crystal clear, but I did not have that experience, I wish I had. I really had high hopes. I installed it in a 95 nissan sentra, and maybe it was around too much wiring, but the directions are so uninformative, that I could not determine if I did anything wrong or not.
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1 out of 5

Doesn't work with Blackberry

Written By Jerald, Santa Maria, CA on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
 
I'm sure this product works really well if you can actually get it to work or if you don't have a blackberry. The problem is the phone will pair with the unit but doesn't auto connect. I have to manually go on my BT menu on my phone and hit connect to BT-200 and as soon as the call end it disconnects again.

I find it amazing that Kenwood is not compatible with blackberries. Kenwood and blackberry are one of the biggest in their industry (PDA and Car Audio). Supposedly they are aware of the issue and are working on it.
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5 out of 5

Kenwood KCA-BT200

Written By Kenneth, Blaine, TN on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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Simple set up and works great. Clear and crisp sound with no feed back.
Easy dialing and automatically down loads all of your phone contacts.
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5 out of 5

Awesome with the EnV

Written By Michael, Ocean Grove, NJ on Friday, April 18, 2008
 
Just put this in my 07 Jetta with the DNX5120. Paired instantly with my LG VX9900 (EnV) from Verizon. Pulled all my contacts, etc over instantly. Works great with music. Can start, stop, pause, next, prev instantly from the touchscreen controls. Great interface! Much better than the Pioneer BTB200/Avic-D3. No more having to one-by-one send contact cards over. No more dropping the BT connection after every two outgoing calls. No more not having any A2DP even though it was supported. This is a whole new world. Voice dialing rocks!
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5 out of 5

More than expected

Written By pcm111, New Jersey on Thursday, April 17, 2008
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I have to say that the KCA-BT200 is awsome for the money. I previously owned a HRF-1000 but the KCA-BT200, obviously with the head unit, is a thousound times better. I didn't expect much but to answer and make calls from my phone and just control the volume from the head unit. I didn't realize that I could download my messages as well as create text messages from the head unit. My contacts show up on the screen as well as the calls I made. I haven't tried Voice calling yet.

I have a Nokia 6133 and it works great. I tried the new Motorolla Razor 2 and it didn't work that well. Didn't get notified when a message came through nor could I read messages from the Head Unit. I decided to keep my Nokia 6133.
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1 out of 5

Blackberry Issues

Written By Scott, Prattville, AL on Saturday, April 12, 2008
 
This product installs easy but unfortunately doesn't seem well tested. I
have a Blackberry 8130 and it does not work. It will pair but does not
connect 98% of the time. I spoke to Kenwood Support and they told me
they have little information about the product and they were working with
engineering on reporting all the problems with the units.

I would wait before purchasing IF you have a Blackberry. I tried a Samsung
SCH-U740 and it seemed to work as expected.
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4 out of 5

KCA-BT200

Written By Chris, Ontario on Thursday, April 10, 2008
 
Received this unit in record time! Installation took less than 20mins, most of
the time spent figuring out where to place the mic. Pairing with my Sony
Ericsson (K850) was simple. The HU (DNX7120) is plug and play, although
the Kenwood menus take getting used to.

Makes clear calls, even plays and controls playback of the music on my
phone using the A2DP profile.

Overall, very nice unit, worth the price.
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1 out of 5

Not Blackberry 8830 Compatable

Written By mark758, Washington Metro on Monday, April 07, 2008
 
I have no doubt that this is a fine product IF it can sync with your phone.

Beware Blackberry users, it won't sync with an 8830 and Kenwood tech support reports it has problems with Blackberrys in general. Kenwood tech support did not seem too optimistic about a fix in the near future.

If you've got a Blackberry phone avoid this product.
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5 out of 5

KCA-BT200

Written By no, Hawthorne,NJ on Saturday, April 05, 2008
 
Just installed the Kenwood kca-bt200..What can i say, what an awsome item. 1st of all installation is a breeze, literally plug and play. Syncing your cell phone is incredibly easy and it also downloads your phonebook automatically.. I used a Razor v3. The controls need no explaination, there so easy to navigate. The calls are clear and crisp. You'll never miss a call as it mutes the music when theres a call.. Overall a must have. It even plays music through your cell phones that have that feature. Dont hesitate to get this item. Worth every single penny. GTTG
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