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Our take on the Parrot ASTEROID

by Ken Nail
Parrot

Why replace your factory radio?

Two good reasons - sound quality and cool features. A new car stereo offers power that's superior to most factory radios, along with more sophisticated tone controls. And most car stereos offer built-in or optional features that add safety and fun to life in your car, including inputs for your iPod or MP3 player, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free cell phone calls, satellite radio or HD Radio reception, and connections for building an audio system in your car.

Parrot's ASTEROID digital media receiver 

The Parrot ASTEROID isn't just another car stereo — it uses Internet apps to adapt to your needs. On a long road trip, it can display maps and even show you in-depth info on local restaurants and attractions. Instead of getting only your local radio stations, the ASTEROID's radio app lets you tune in over 50,000 stations from around the world. Heck, it can even read text messages aloud!

Parrot ASTEROID

Get connected

The ASTEROID isn't a web browser, but it can connect to the Internet to supply info to web-based apps and to load new apps. You can connect either using your mobile phone's Bluetooth® tether or your mobile provider's 3G USB dongle (smartphone and data plan required for either option). The ASTEROID features an open-source Android™ processor, so you can expect many new apps in the future. One important note, though — the Android processor does not control your Android phone.


Pre-loaded apps

Maps finds local points of interest (POI), then lets you call or get directions to them. You can also check out local traffic. Roadtrip gives you in-depth info on POIs, including a Wikipedia® description and photos. Wikango features user-generated info on traffic and speed traps. Weather gives you the local forecast, while TuneIn lets you listen to over 50,000 radio stations. TextFriendly, a subscription-based service, lets you dictate and send text messages using the ASTEROID's voice controls. An included GPS antenna lets relevant apps know where you are.


Four USB inputs on rear

Four USB inputs

The ASTEROID gives you four handy USB slots — one is dedicated to your iPhone®, leaving three free for a variety of media and adapters, like thumb drives or a 3G web dongle. Connect your iPod®, and you can breeze through its music library using the ASTEROID's jog wheel.


Search for music by speaking

The ASTEROID makes it safer to change tunes while you're driving. Just tap the large white button next to the jog wheel, tell the ASTEROID the name of an artist or album, and it'll search anything you have connected to find what you're looking for.


Stereo microphone

Great phone integration

Parrot's made their name with Bluetooth, so you can expect flawless Bluetooth performance from ASTEROID, whether it's for hands-free calling or music streaming. You can pair up to 10 phones with ASTEROID so your entire family will be covered.

The ASTEROID synchronizes your phone book and sets up voice recognition automatically. That lets you simply tap the phone button and say the name of whoever you want to call. Relevant info from your phone is easy to see on the 3.2" display. The included stereo microphone mounts in a convenient spot in your vehicle, ensuring that your callers hear your every word clearly.


Sounds good, too

The ASTEROID features a robust, 7-band parametric equalizer for tweaking your sound, plus a Virtual Superbass effect for enhancing the low frequencies in your music.

This digital media receiver will not play CDs. If you want to play CDs in your vehicle, we offer a wide selection of CD receivers.

Installation Note: The ASTEROID comes with a European-style plug attached to its wiring harness. You'll have to cut off this plug in order to attach the ASTEROID to the vehicle-specific harness which Crutchfield supplies with your order.


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Highlights:

    General features:
    • digital media receiver with AM/FM tuner (doesn't play CDs)
    • built-in amplifier (23 watts RMS/55 peak x 4 channels)
    • 3.2-inch color TFT display with removable faceplate
    • built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
    • Android operating system for navigation, music apps, and more (3G connection and data plan required)
    Audio features:
    • plays audio files from USB memory devices, SD cards
    • voice control for music selection
    • 7-band equalizer with 9 presets
    • Virtual Superbass effect
    Expandability:
    • iPod/iPhone direct control
    • inputs: 4 rear USB inputs, rear RCA and minijack aux inputs
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (6-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
    Other features and specs:

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    Features and Specs
    General
    CEA-2006 Compliant
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    RMS Power Output
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    23 watts
    Peak Output
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    55 watts
    RMS Power Bandwidth
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    20-20kHz
    Preamp Outputs
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    6-channel
    Sub Preamp Outputs
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    Switchable Rear Preamp Outputs
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    Preamp Voltage
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    6 volts
    Display Color
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    Color LCD
    Key Button Color
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    White
    EQ Bands
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    7
    Wireless Remote
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    Steering Wheel Control Compatible
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    Adapter required
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    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Expandability
    AUX Input
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    Rear
    USB Input
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    Rear
    Memory Card Slot
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    USB, SD/SDHC
    Bluetooth Compatible
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    Built-in
    Satellite Radio Ready
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    HD Radio
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    Navigation
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    iPod Compatibility
    Full size
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    Classic/5Gen
    Nano
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    Nano6/Nano5/Nano4/Nano3/Nano2/
    Touch
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    Touch4/Touch3/Touch2/Touch1
    Mini
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    iPhone
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    Phone4/Phone3GS/Phone3G/Phone
    Tuner
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    European Tuning
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    Seek/Scan
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    Seek
    Radio Data System
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    What's in the box?

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    • Parrot Astroid unit
    • Control panel (installed)
    • Mounting sleeve (installed)
    • Non-removable trim-ring
    • Wiring harness (with 10A fuse)
    • GPS receiver/antenna (attached 58" cable terminated by a USB type-A connector)
    • 4' iPod cable (iPod dock connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
    • 5' Stereo minijack cable (male 3.5mm connector on both ends)
    • 5' USB extension cable (male USB type-A connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
    • Dual microphone with bracket (attached 9.75' cord terminated by a 2.5mm connector)
    • Visor-clip
    • Extraction key
    • Suction-cup
    • 3 Wire-ties
    • Face pouch
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Activation Code
    • Voice Commands

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    System Overview
    Display Features
    Internet Apps
    USB Port/SD-Card Slot
    iPod/Aux Connectivity
    Built-in Bluetooth
    Audio Section
    Tuner Functions
    Remote Control

    System Overview

    The Parrot Asteroid: The Parrot Asteroid is a Single-DIN, in-dash car receiver with multimedia connectivity & hands-free capabilities. The Parrot Asteroid car receiver offers connection to select web service apps (via 3G smartphone or USB dongle), voice recognition control for music playback, & hands-free phone communication. The Parrot Asteroid plays many types of music sources; such as Internet Radio, iPod/iPhone, USB device, SD/SDHC memory card, and Bluetooth stereo (A2DP).

    Note: This unit does not feature a built-in disc mechanism for CD or DVD playback.

    3G Network Requirements: The Parrot Asteroid requires connection to a 3G Network using a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately) or your Bluetooth enabled smartphone's 3G Network plan.

    Safety Warning: All functions requiring increased attention should only be used while your vehicle is stationary. Driver & passenger safety, along with the safety of fellow drivers should take priority over phone calls, music, & navigation instructions.

    Display Features

    Single-DIN Mount: The reduced depth of the Asteroid facilitates the installation in standard Single-DIN head unit locations of most makes of newer vehicles.

    Note: As always, please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to verify fit with your vehicle.

    Detachable Face Plate: The Parrot Asteroid combines an elegant detachable faceplate equipped with backlight buttons & an innovative guiding system to insert the faceplate. A face pouch is included to protect the faceplate when detached.

    3.2" Color Screen: The large high-definition 3.2" color screen (262,144 colors) displays in all your information, phonebook, menus, music, playlist, album covers, internet applications, & more. You can adjust the 3.2" color screen's brightness and switch from Day or Night mode.

    Jog Wheel: The unit's main functions are all accessible via the discreet jog wheel, making browsing through the menus more intuitive.

    Virtual Keyboard: The Asteroid provides an on-screen virtual keyboard that allows lower & upper case letters A-Z to be entered, using the jog wheel.

    Date & Time: The Parrot Asteroid features a 12/24 hour clock & date display. The unit's date & time can be automatically set via the tuner's RDS signal.

    Internet Apps

    Android OS: The Parrot Asteroid features an embedded Android operating system which allows the use of pre-installed Internet applications & Navigation services, thanks to its 3G & GPS capabilities.

    Note: Additional apps maybe available in the future for download.

    Internet (3G) Ready: The Parrot Asteroid can connect to the Internet using either a 3G Network USB dongle (sold separately), or by using a compatible Bluetooth enabled smartphone's 3G data sharing network connection.

    • Compatible Internet USB dongle: Click here for 3G Stick Compatibility. To guarantee optimal reception, Parrot recommends you do not connect your 3G Internet USB dongle on the Parrot Asteroid directly; use the USB cable to install your device on the dashboard (or any other open area).
    • Compatible Bluetooth Enabled 3G Smartphone: Click here for compatible Bluetooth enabled 3G smartphones.

    Note: Connecting the Parrot Asteroid to the Internet using an 3G Network USB dongle requires an appropriate subscription offer & may result in large additional roaming fees. Check the terms of use with your provider for more information. Make sure you check regularly your allowance and usage.

    GPS Receiver/Antenna: The Parrot Asteroid includes an external GPS receiver/antenna module which plugs into a USB port on back of the head unit. The GPS receiver/antenna module works in conjunction with the unit's Navigation The GPS receiver/antenna module should be installed in a unobstructed area along your vehicle's dashboard.

    Internet Applications: Several types of Internet applications (music, geo-location, driver assistance, weather, etc) are pre-installed onto the Parrot Asteroid. The Parrot Asteroid is a multitasking device, so several applications can run simultaneously.

    Note: To ensure that you do not continue to use 3G data, make sure to close applications. The use of some applications may require a fee or need a subscription. All applications may not be available in all countries.

    Travel Apps: The Parrot Asteroid offers several Travel type applications to help you along your drive.

    • Maps: The Maps application provides you with advanced mapping & geo-location functions, free of charge. Your position is displayed on the head unit's 3.2" color screen, which can be zoomed in/out. You can select from various Point-of Interest types (Bars, Coffees, Community, Finance, etc.). The unit will then display points-of-interest (from the selected category) near your current position on the map. You can also enter a point-of-interest manually, by using the unit's jog wheel & virtual keyboard. Once you have chosen a specific point-of-interest, you can either call that point of interest from your connected Bluetooth enabled cell phone or have the Asteroid display directions to the point-of-interest from your current position on the unit's 3.2" color screen (no audible directions).
    • Roadtrip: The Roadtrip application is a really effective tourist guide. It helps you discover nearby points of interest (POI) with the help of detailed information and photos. Launching the Roadtrip application will display the list of nearby POIs. A toolbar shows the POI nearest to where you are as well as your distance from it. The Alert Mode even informs you automatically of any nearby POIs even when the Roadtrip app is not currently being used. Once you have selected the POI, all the information about it is displayed. You can then:
      • View information from Wikipedia about the POI
      • View photos of the POI (if any are available).
      • View the route to this POI (only available with Maps app running in background)
      • Call the POI (if a Bluetooth enabled phone is connected)
      • See what the weather is at the POI (only available with Weather app running in background)
    • Wikango HD: The Wikango HD application legally notifies you of the presence of mobile speed cameras, as well as of road traffic incidents and disruptions. Its operating principle is community-based; you are notified of the presence of speed cameras after another Wikango community member (Smartdriver) sees one and then reports it. The use of the Wikango HD application is legal all over the United States and Europe apart from in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. You are entitled to a 30-day free trial period.

    Weather App: The Weather application tells you about weather conditions and gives the weather forecast for several days around your location or in a town of your choice. When the Weather application is run, the weather conditions at your location are displayed. If you have defined Favorite locations, the weather at these places is also displayed.

    TuneIn: TuneIn is a Internet Radio music application. The TuneIn application lets you listen to local and international Internet radio free of charge. You can access more than 50,000 on-line radio stations and podcasts from around the world. You can choose the type of radio station or podcast you want to listen to and then select your specific radio station/podcast. You can also manually search for a radio station or a podcast, using the units jog wheel and virtual keyboard. In addition, you can create a Favorites Station List. You can even view Radio Name, Radio Logo, & Song/Artist Information on the head unit's display.

    TextFriendly: TextFriendly is an interactive service that allows you to access your emails and text messages directly from the Parrot Asteroid, by voice (hands-free). The TextFriendly service features a set of voice recognition and synthesis software in order to read emails/text messages & compose or answer an emails/text messages. The service exists in multiple languages, including English, American English, Spanish, & French

    Note: TextFriendly is $4.99 per month, or $39.99 per year.

    USB Port/SD-Card Slot

    4 USB Ports: The Parrot Asteroid is equipped with 4 USB (type-A) ports. One USB port is labeled "iPod" and designed for iPod/iPhone use only. The other 3 USB (type-A) ports can be used to connect the included GPS receiver/antenna for navigation, an Internet USB dongle for Internet apps, and a USB memory device for music playback. The Asteroid is compatible with the majority of 3G Network USB dongles, MP3 audio players, USB thumbdrives, & USB external hard drives.

    Note: Use the included 5' USB extension cable to make connecting & disconnecting your USB device or Internet (3G) USB dongle easier.

    SD-Card Slot: The Parrot Asteroid is also equipped with an SD-card slot located behind the detachable faceplate. The SD-card slot supports playback of music files stored on SD or SDHC memory cards.

    Note:  mini SD/SDHC & micro SD/SDHC memory cards are compatible with adapter (sold separately).

    Compatible Compressed Audio Formats: The Parrot Asteroid's USB port & SD-card slot supports playback of the following compressed music files -  MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, & OGG.

    Music Control: You can browse your USB device's or SD-card's music files by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Playlist. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically.

    Voice Recognition: The Voice Recognition function allows you to select the artist/album you want to hear via voice recognition. You can simply access your music by pronouncing the name of the artist/album stored in your music library and the music will be launched automatically. This function is only available if you are using the Parrot Asteroid with a USB, SD, or iPod device.

    Note: Several minutes of loading may be necessary when connecting your audio device (USB/SD/iPod) to the Parrot Asteroid for the first time, particularly if you are using audio peripheral with a large capacity or containing many audio files. This loading time will allow your audio files to be accessible via voice recognition.

    Software/Firmware Updates (via USB): You can download the latest software/firmware updates for free from the Parrot website via a USB thumbdrive. The USB thumbdrive (containing the software/firmware download) is then inserted into the Asteroid's USB (type-A) port. These updates will enable you to receive new features & improve the product's compatibility.

    Note: The tested Parrot Asteroid contained firmware/software version 1.3.0. There is a firmware/software version 1.4.0 available.

    iPod/Aux Connectivity

    Apple Device Direct Connection: The Parrot Asteroid's rear-panel USB port (labeled "iPod") can be used to connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad to the head unit, via the included iPod cable or the dock connector-to-USB cable which comes with your iPod/iPhone. The Asteroid supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, & charging of your compatible iPod/iPhone (does not charge the iPad).

    • Music Browsing: You can browse your iPod/iPhone/iPad's music library by Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Playlist. Once you have selected a category, you can search each category alphabetically.
    • iPod/iPhone Display: The head unit will display your iPod/iPhone/iPad's music file information, including - Track/Folder #, Elapsed playing time, Song title, Artist name, & Album Art.
    • iPod/iPhone Charging: The head unit's USB connection will power & charge your connected iPod/iPhone battery when your vehicle's ignition switch is set to the 'ACC' or 'On' position. This unit does not charge the iPad.

    Note: Your iPod/iPhone/iPad's controls will be locked during connection. If your iPod/iPhone/iPad has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Parrot Asteroid is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad model functions (as of November 2011):

    iPod Model Generation Tested Version Wireless Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Bluetooth 3G Audio Video Unit iPod Album Art Song Info Track #
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 N N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3rd 4.3.5 Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0 Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4 4.2.7 Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0 Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 4.3.5 Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    2 5.0 Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    iOS 5.0 Note: Apple recently released iOS 5.0 for the iPod touch & iPhone. This new software is currently not entirely compatible with the Parrot Asteroid, as it is not yet possible to share 3G connection with an iPhone (tethering). Also, there are several compatibility problems between the iPhone 4S and the Parrot Asteroid's current software version. Parrot is already working on a future software/firmware update for the Asteroid to fix these problems.

    Note: Downloading the latest software version 1.4 from the Parrot website solves this issue.

    AUX Input: The Parrot Asteroid features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an external audio player, such as a CD player. The Auxiliary input must be "activated" in the unit's menu.

    Built-in Bluetooth

    Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth wireless technology enables voice, data, & music to be sent via a short-distance radio link. It connects a wide range of electronic equipment without requiring additional cables.  Furthermore, it extends the communication possibilities for mobile phones and a large number of devices. The Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) profile uses the same radio frequencies and can be used to send music tracks from one device to another. Bluetooth wireless technology offers a range of 33 feet (10 meters).

    Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR: The Parrot Asteroid features built-in Bluetooth (v2.1 + EDR) for advanced hands-free communication & wireless audio streaming.

    Bluetooth Profiles: The Parrot Android supports the following Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR. Profiles.

    • HFP (Hands-Free Profile): Hands-free communication with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone in the vehicle (incoming/outgoing calls supported).
    • HSP (Headset Profile): Provides support for Bluetooth headsets to be used with mobile phones.
    • OPP (Object Push Profile): Phonebook transfer from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to the head unit.
    • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile): Phonebook access from your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone to the head unit.
    • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile): Music streaming from your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player to the head unit.
    • AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile): Basic music playback control of your Bluetooth enabled phone or audio player from the head unit.

    Bluetooth Compatibility: The Parrot Asteroid is 100% Bluetooth compatible with virtually every Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, smartphone, PDA & iPhone (iPhone 3G/3GS/4). You can visit the Parrot Support Site to confirm that your cell phone is compatible.

    Pairing: You can pair up to 10 devices with the Parrot Asteroid. The Parrot Asteroid allows you to use the telephone & audio streaming functions from two different phones without having to disconnect one of them.

    Hands-Free Communication: The Parrot Asteroid supports Bluetooth hands-free communication for your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The controls of the Asteroid can be used to dial a number, answer an in-coming call, or end a call. You can listen to phone calls through your car's front speakers & talk through the included external microphone. The Parrot Asteroid can retrieve phonebook contacts, and call history from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

    Dialing A Number: Using Parrot Asteroid, you can dial a phone number in one of the following ways:

    • Direct Dial: The Parrot Asteroid allows you to directly dial a phone number from the unit's jog wheel & virtual keyboard.
    • Phonebook Access: The Asteroid allows you to upload your phonebook from your Bluetooth enabled phone, so calls can be launched simply by browsing your phonebook. Each time you add a contact name, the Asteroid automatically synchronizes your cell phonebook. The Asteroid can support up to 8,000 total contacts (2,000 per paired phone).
    • Voice Recognition: The Parrot Asteroid features user independent voice recognition & voice synthesis (text-to-speech). The Asteroid automatically associates user-independent voice recognition tags, so calls can be simply launched by voice. The Asteroid recognizes your voice & the name you are saying without any prior teaching process. When you speak the name or the contact you want to dial, the call is automatically dialed.
    • Redial: You instantly redial the last dialed number by holding down the unit's call button.

    Note: Only the contacts stored in the phone memory are synchronized. If your contacts are stored in your SIM card memory, transfer them onto your phone memory.

    Receiving A Call: An incoming call is indicated by a ringtone (8 ringtones to choose from). The name of the caller is announced, if the number is recorded in the phonebook of the phone connected to the Parrot Asteroid. When a call comes in, the Asteroid automatically mutes your car stereo and the caller's voice comes through your vehicle's front speakers. All the call information from the phone is displayed on the unit's bright 3.2' display.

    Call Waiting: During a call, you can receive another call if your phone supports this functionality.

    Caller I.D. Announcements:  If your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone supports Caller I.D., the caller's name (if in phonebook) will be announced to you over your vehicle's speakers. The Asteroid's control screen will also display the name (if in phonebook).

    Double External Microphone: The Parrot Asteroid features an external double microphone with noise reduction (NR 3.0), echo cancellation (AEC), and full duplex operation which provides crystal clear calls at normal conversation level. The microphone features an integrated adjustable mounting bracket with an adhesive backing. The integrated bracket also features a mounting hole to attach the microphone with an optional self-tapping screw. In addition, the microphone comes supplied with a visor clip to mount to your vehicle's sun-visor.

    Note: The ideal location for the microphone is near the rear-view mirror.  The microphone needs to be pointed towards the user.

    Muting a Call: You can mute the head unit's microphone so you can still hear the caller, but the caller cannot hear you.

    Private Mode: To follow on your conversation in private, you can switch instantaneously the communication between the Asteroid and your Bluetooth mobile phone.

    Note: A call is automatically transferred to your phone, when the faceplate is removed or after 30 minutes of communication with the ignition turned off.

    Wireless Audio Streaming: The Parrot Asteroid supports Bluetooth audio streaming (A2DP) & control (AVRCP). You can stream music from your Bluetooth enabled phone or other Bluetooth stereo device. The Parrot Asteroid allows basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip/Previous) of your connected Bluetooth device. The Asteroid will even display the playlist of your connected Bluetooth device. All music files will played back through your car's speakers (front & back).

    Audio Section

    MOSFET Amplifier: The Parrot Asteroid is equipped with a 23W (RMS) x 4Ch MOSFET amplifier. Compared to conventional power supplies, the MOSFET amplification circuit is smaller and more efficient, and it delivers increased power with less distortion and absolutely zero on/off switching noise. More power means louder and cleaner music at higher volumes because you're not pushing the limits of the amplification circuit.

    6V/6CH Preamp Outputs: The Parrot Asteroid is fitted with six 6-volt preamp outputs (Front, Rear, & Sub). 

    Subwoofer Controls: You can control the volume (+/-6dB) of the subwoofer preamp output independently from the main volume. You can also adjust a the low-pass crossover frequency (50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 200Hz) for the subwoofer preamp output.

    Equalizer: The equalizer allows you to adjust low, medium, and high frequencies to your preferences. You can choose between a 7-band EQ  (60, 150, 400, 1k, 2k, 6k, 15k Hz) or 10 EQ presets (Off, Vocal, Pop, Club, Punchy, Deep, Crystal, Custom 1/2/3).

    Virtual Super Bass Effect: The Virtual Super Bass effect amplifies bass frequencies. The Cutoff Frequency setting allows you to select the bass cutoff frequency for the speakers (the lowest frequency that the speakers can generate naturally). The Virtual Super Bass will then reproduce the frequencies that are lower than this cutoff frequency. The Effect Intensity setting allows you to adjust the level of bass frequencies generated by the Virtual Super Bass effect.

    Loudness: The Loudness function is a dynamic adjustment of bass & treble based on listening volume. This function compensates for the human ear's loss of sensitivity to bass and treble frequencies when the volume is low. The Loudness function can be set to Off, Low, Medium, or High.

    Automatic Volume Control: The Automatic Volume Control function automatically adjusts the volume of your music to the surrounding noise level. If the Automatic volume control option is activated, the music volume will increase or decrease along with the surrounding noise level.

    Tuner Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Parrot Asteroid is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    Infinite Preset Stations: The Asteroid lets you store as many preset stations for AM & FM as you want.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, & album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

    Traffic Alert: The Traffic alert option allows the Radio source to be automatically activated a& selected when the current station starts broadcasting traffic information.

    Remote Control

    Steering Wheel Control Interface: Retain your original steering wheel controls to manage the Parrot Asteroid, using the UNIKA (sold separately). Thanks to this additional interface module, you can keep using your vehicle's steering wheel controls to change the sound volume as well as the music tracks or FM radio stations. Besides, with the press of a button, you can answer or reject calls, as well as trigger the Parrot Asteroid's voice recognition. The UNIKA is compatible with over 200 vehicle models from 34 different automotive brands.

     
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    2 out of 5

    I don't know where to begin

    Written By Hahnsolo, USA on Friday, February 28, 2014
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    I have now owned this product (Parrot Asteroid Classic) for almost two years; enough time to really get to know it. In that time I have come to several conclusions. (This isn't going to be nice, so those with sensitive feelings may want to stop reading now).

    Never in all my years involved with music, audio devices, synthesizers, and as an engineer involved with digital effects processors, have I seen a product so NOT ready for public release.

    I paid this price for this unit and have NEVER felt like I've gotten my money's worth. It has been a constant battle with one issue or another, over and over again until I feel like ripping it out of my dash and throwing it as hard as I can. Most owners of this unit have probably experienced something similar to this feeling, judging from the responses in this forum.

    In a nutshell, here are my observations / experience:

    1. Horrible software. This has been (and still is) the Achilles heel of this product since its inception, including freeze-ups, spontaneous re-boots, audio anomalies, and slow company response in addressing these issues.

    2. The very first units shipped were so unstable it was hard to keep them running for more than a few days without experiencing a loud "POP" in your speakers followed by said re-boot. Afterword, you got the pleasure of going back in to the setup screens to restore all of your preferences and settings, only to have it happen again a few days later. The company (Parrot) tried unsuccessfully t
    Pros:
    Excellent Bluetooth capabilities. Good voice-activated calling and control.
    Cons:
    System software is abysmal. System software is abysmal. Did I mention system software is abysmal?
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    4 out of 5

    Parrot asteroid

    Written By Anonymous, Salem, wi on Saturday, August 10, 2013
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    Great sound nice features
    Pros:
    Great looking iPhone compatible
    Cons:
    To long starting up. Does not automatically come back on when the car is turned of then back on.
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    4 out of 5

    Great handsfree unit

    Written By 1SMcK1, Harvey, ND on Friday, July 19, 2013
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    overall this unit is worth the money but do not expect too much from the radio tuner, but the phone features and other features work very well. The unit did not pair right out of the box but the latest firmware flash solved my problems.
    Pros:
    This is a great hands free unit paired with my Motorola phone without a hitch, and the voice recognition is superb for your contacts and searching for your favorite songs.
    Cons:
    FM radio tuner is very poor must be very close to receive good quality radio
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    2 out of 5

    very cool but not cool to use

    Written By Paul, Warren, IL on Thursday, June 13, 2013
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    Not very happy with this unit at all, very cumbersome to use, difficult to make your way through the menus, etc. I have installed a lot of radios in my time and really did not want this one but only 3 would fit in my car and this one looked cool. Do not like that alot of the features on the radio need a mobile data card to use, GPS won't even work without it which is funny because my garmin doesn't need it to work.Boasts a lot of frill but you have to pay to use them. I would never recommend this product
    Pros:
    cool to look at
    Cons:
    no ease of use, locks up a lot, have to pay to use features, sound quality poor and tuner reception is not very good either
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    4 out of 5

    Not ready out of the box.

    Written By Scott R, Cumnock, NC on Saturday, May 18, 2013
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    Out of the box, the installed software has a lot of glitches. Updated to the 2.0 beta found from looking at the Parrot Asteroid Forum and most have gone away. If you don't have the ability to tether you phone for data ( Internet ) then you might not get all the advertised features.
    Pros:
    Good sound quality. Blue tooth voice is exceptional.
    Cons:
    Slow at times
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    1 out of 5

    Not so good

    Written By Anonymous, Baton Rouge, LA on Monday, May 06, 2013
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    product was not very user friendly. Once it was finally setup, it locked up and had to be returned. I replaced with a different product.
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    3 out of 5

    Nice sound, but very buggy

    Written By Chris, Dallas, TX on Monday, November 12, 2012
     
    Bought this unit for the features listed, but most do not work correctly most of the time. As far as sound quality, it is superb. I was shocked on how warm this unit played. The worse part is the start up time. And if it shuts down and decides to reboot? You will probably be at your destination before you get to hear your music..
    Pros:
    Looks, Sound quality. Built well.
    Cons:
    bugs, bugs, bugs...
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    1 out of 5

    Cool concept, just not ready

    Written By Don, Cocoa Beach, Fl on Sunday, August 12, 2012
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    Installed this in a Mercedes roadster. Easy install and will fit any dash. Unit came with a European wire harness that perfectly fit my car. I didn't have to cut or modify any wires. That was a nice surprise. I was able to tether the unit to my iPhone, but didn't really need to. The gps and map function is worthless. It uses google maps to show location so even with the gps antenna, the maps only show up if it's connected to the web via tether or the dongle. The most basic GPS comes with pre-loaded maps! Updated the firmware as soon as I installed it. When the unit worked, the sound was awesome. Slow responsiveness to commands caused problems. If you try to answer or make a call with your phone, it would not work throug the unit. I had to initiate or answer with the unit. Mic worked well with voice commands. Display is great. Biggest problem was that unit would hang. Software errors. Unit would turn off randomly. After a week, unit locked up and display went black. Unable to reset or get to come back on. I am returning the unit. JVC has a unit for half the price and appears to do everything except for the map function. Wait a year and see if Parrott comes out with something better.
    Pros:
    Large display, sensitive mic, all additional cables included, small, and easy to instal
    Cons:
    Slow response, firmware locks up, unit turns itself off or reboots randomly.
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    3 out of 5

    Safety concerns with this unit

    Written By GeorgeT, Jackson, MN on Monday, July 23, 2012
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    Installation of this head unit in my 2004 Pontiac Bonneville was challenging but workable. The instructions supplied were lacking on specifics, especially when attaching the head unit mounting bracket to the dash. Fortunately for me, my son is a body man and had access to a variety of clips that allowed up to fasten the unit securely. The bluetooth works great but have yet to figure out how to tranfer my phonebook to the unit. The biggest thing I have against this is the lack of an interface to use the existing steerng wheel controls on the majority of US vehicles. With the complexity of the apps you severely compromise safety if you try to operate the head unit while driving. The steerng wheel interface would allow drivers to keep their attention on the road where it belongs. According to Parrot US the problem is with the automakers here not supplying the needed information to create the interface. I was very limited on what I could install in this vehicle due to the depth of the radio compartment, the Parrot was one of my two choices. If you are willing to overlook the lack of steering wheel controls I would highly recommend this unit.
    Pros:
    Very cool looking and interfaces with other devices nicely. Allows connection of most data media used for music. Excellent sound both ways during phone conversations. ( The family loves this since all in the car can be heard when required)
    Cons:
    Safety issue with the lack of a steering wheel control interface. Software glitches, I get a loud pop and a system reboot on occassion.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it...

    Written By Ron D, Yuba City, CA on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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    Installed into an '05 Tacoma. This unit does exactly what I needed... Play my iPod direct connect, allows hard drive music storage, and SD card. Who needs discs?? The output connections are great (full RCA for Sub, and front and rear channels), and with a little tinkering, can be set up to sound great with outboard amps and good speakers. The call quality while linked via Bluetooth to my phone is fantastic; usually better than the phone itself, according to those I talk to. Data tethering to my phone also allows any of the apps that require data service (i.e. Maps, Weather, Roadtrip, etc.) to work without the purchase of a separate data plan.
    Pros:
    No discs, USB hard drive storage, SD storage, gorgeous screen, great build quality, all necessary cable include (except for a 3G dongle, you are good to go)
    Cons:
    Menu interaction a little cumbersome, due to small size unit is underpowered and most certainly requires additional amps for aftermarket speakers
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    5 out of 5

    Would Buy Again

    Written By Geore D, Austin TX on Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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    Installed the Asteroid in a 1992 Mercedes Sedan, replacing another aftermarket system from 10 years ago. Aseroid, sounds, looks and works great. I have mainly used phone, FM and iPhone, and all these work great. Unti looks better than anything else (IMO). Most other units looks like kids toys. A few things - voice lady is too loud and I can seem to find the set up to quiet her down. Also, the automatice antenna does not go down as soon as you turn the car off or in any way when running. Only as issue when walking by (damage, grease, etc) and maybe car washes, which I don't use. Overall these are small, and I woudl definately do it again.
    Pros:
    Sound, phone functions, apperance, even value is good
    Cons:
    A few things are not configurable as mentioned above
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    2 out of 5

    Not Ready

    Written By Kevin R, Tacoma, WA on Monday, June 04, 2012
     
    I really wish that this deck lived up to its potential. I love the concept and the appearance. Functionally, it is a mess! The blue tooth works great, when it wants to. Takes a long time to spit out sound, when it wants to, sometimes it doesn't work at all, sometimes I have to pop off the faceplate and re-install for anything to happen. The "free" apps only work if you have a mobile hotspot. I am very disappointed with this product, and I am exchanging for another brand.
    Pros:
    Super cool features and looks great
    Cons:
    Everything else! Functionally it is a mess. I hope they get a model that works as described, would be really cool.
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    2 out of 5

    Still in Beta

    Written By rfischer, Cincinnati, OH on Saturday, May 26, 2012
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    Although this is probably the best looking radio I have ever purchased, it's functionality is just not there yet. It takes around 30 seconds to start up, and even after starting up, you then have to select the source, and before bluetooth, or gps, or internet comes up, you have to wait anoth 5 minutes or so. The volume control is "sluggish" turn it, and wait for it to catch up, then oops too loud, so turn it back down, wait for it to catch up and see if that is the right level. The applications are neat, but if you want to turn the volume up or down, you have to exit the application by switching the source, and then you can turn it up or down. Kind of a safety factor, since you are distracted while doing this. The google maps are legacy versions based on the original release of the Android operating systems, and there are only 2 or 3 apps that you can download from Parrot and install. There is very limited support for phone connectivity besides bluetooth phone. You would think that a system built on the Android kernel woudl function well with Android phones. Not so much. I have three, and each had their own set of different issues. I liked the versatility of the media sources that you could choose from, but was surprised the HD radio, now almost a standard was not part of the package. Not having a cd player - well, you don't miss you 8 track, or cassete tapes anymore do you? Not a big deal. Bluetooth phone would work, and then all of a suden drop out.
    Pros:
    Looks, 6 v output.
    Cons:
    If it would work, it could be great. I really wish it did. It looked great in my car. Now I went to a Kenwood system, and it look very immature in comparison
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    2 out of 5

    Parrot Asteroid: Very low power to speakers, and power antenna proble

    Written By C.lewis, Bartow, Florida 33830 on Saturday, May 26, 2012
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    Takes 15 minutes sfter unit is turned off for the power to the power antenna shuts off. This is bad news if you are about to enter a car wash or otherwise need to lower the power antenna immediately. I hate the low voulmn sound, the speaker/sound quality is not nearly as strong as my old 1993 original equipment radio. A replacement was sent promptly but it performed exactly as the first unit. The unit was installed by a professional. I am returning the unit ASAP for another high quality type, or to request a full refund.
    Pros:
    I like the large lettering and ease of programing. The unit looks great in my car, but the power antenna problem and the low speaker quality are unacceptable.
    Cons:
    Not much power to speakers. Sound is too low.
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    3 out of 5

    Pretty Good but has some way to go

    Written By AgileDaniel, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, May 01, 2012
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    The concept is awesome and blows any normal replacement stereo away for someone that wants Multimedia Audio, GPS and related web apps. Price makes sense for features and ease of use. Is a little bit quirky and the firmware seems to be way behind the Iphone, whichi is huge since Iphone and 3rd party products tend to have problems by nature of Apple's proprietary nature of the Iphone. Bluetooth passthrough is top notch over the 3 other car stereo brands I tried in the same price point. Alpine, Pioneer and Kenwood. All went back or onto craigslist, mostly because of their cloodgie Iphone and Blutooth functionality
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, best i've seen in afternmarket stereos. Easy to learn the interface and get set up. Great Screen (touchscreen would be better). Sound quality better than peers in the aftermarket stereo. Iphone interface good as long as you keep up to date with firmware. although Btooth audio works too so you dont have to plug in. Plenty of room behing device for cables, and installation without having to stuff or kink wiring.
    Cons:
    Not Resiliant to changes. Unplug Iphone while its running(Reset needed). Unplug Iphone before it shuts down, reset needed when you start back up. Detach face before GOODBye! Reset Needed. Slow to start up, usually halfway down street before music or make a call. Inbound call from Asteroid or the Phone and call audio goes to phone, not Asteroid hands free, but not when making call (Odd). Sometimes spontaneously freezes and resets on its own. Next version will probably be better or maybe firmware?
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    2 out of 5

    Good first attempt, but feels unfinished

    Written By Tornader, Dallas on Thursday, March 29, 2012
     
    Frustration kills this product for me in so many ways. The wow factor slowly slips away as you begin to really get into the unit. Since it's essentially a computer it takes time to boot up, which means you will already be headed out on the road before you get to listen to anything, including the radio. The Maps app shows your location on a map, no GPS guidance. The TuneIn Radio app would not load 90% of the stations I tried to play, even though they all play fine with the same app on my iPhone. The Weather app is pointless. Several times the unit locked up during a phone call and spontaneously reboots or freezes just listening to the radio. Waiting for the bug fixes is equally frustrating - too little too slow. It's actually been out on the market for almost a year, yet these problems still exist. Don't take my word for it. Go visit their support forums or go to the Parrot DevZone to see how slow they are.
    Pros:
    Looks beautiful and well built. Allows bluetooth music streaming.
    Cons:
    Buggy, crashes. UI doesn't make sense in some areas. Support is slow if any at all. Firmware updates are too slow and infrequent. Unresponsive to feature requests.
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    3 out of 5

    Needs work

    Written By Corey L, Plainfield, IL on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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    Cool appearance but software and controls are buggy and can be slow at times.
    Pros:
    All functions can be used untethered. Bluetooth audio and hands-free calling works great.
    Cons:
    Buggy software, limited number of app's. Controls seem to fake out once and a while. Volume control does not adjust volume when in an app.
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    4 out of 5

    Parrot ASTEROID

    Written By JB, Rochester, NY on Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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    So far, so good....all the processes and features are intuitive. The wiring diagram is incomplete and not well explained. Customer service instantly cleared up any murkiness. I've been buying equipment from Crutchfield since the early 80's and their customer service continues to get better and better. The reps are intelligent, polite, patient and helpful to the extreme. Very few companies do it as well and I doubt anyone does it better.
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    2 out of 5

    Not Ready for Consumer Deployment

    Written By MikeI, Berlin, Ct on Monday, March 26, 2012
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    I have experienced most of the same issues written elsewhere in reviwes of this product. The apps work but aren't very usable or user freindly. The unit does not pair with the peripherals (3G Dongle, IPod, etc) consistantly. The loud popping is quite startling. The most depressing part of all is the Parrot support team. They are practically non existent! Please read the Parrot forums before purchasing this product. I would suggest looking elsewhere unless you you like the idea of being a Beta tester for an incomplete product. I believe this platform has a ton of potential. Unfortunately, it is simply incomplete and it appears that Parrot expects their paying customers to be their giunnea pigs.This product is simply not ready for market yet. Perhaps in a year but not now.
    Pros:
    Size, it is much smaller than the usaul headunit leaving more room for wiring. Looks, it is the best looking head unit I have seen.
    Cons:
    Too many software bugs. This manufacturer seems new to the mobile audio scene and as such does not have the basics of the car stereo thought out. This is more of a gadget than a stereo. Both of these combined with a horrible technical support staff (Parrot) leaves me just about ready to rip this thing out of my truck's dash and throw it out the window. Buyer beware!!
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    5 out of 5

    Nice!

    Written By Daniel W, Metlakatla, AK on Sunday, March 25, 2012
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    Deserves a 5 out of 5 for sound quality. This receiver has lots of adjusments for to tweak your system to get the best quality for you speakers. 6 volt amp output is nice also. "thanks crutchfield for pointing that out" Ease of Use - I give the same score. Simple scrolling with the knob. Easy Icons and text to read and fallow. Doesnt take a tech to figure out how to set up. Coolness Factor - Also giving this a 5 of 5. Screen size just right for veiwing. 4 usb is nice "be careful though" this is mainly so you can set up the gps, iPod control, which still leaves you with two ports. More than you will get from other brands simalar models. The main thing on the coolness factor is the voice search on this thing. Works great. I like the fact I can with the touch of a button and sounding out an artist name what you want pops up. "Unless you say the artist album you want everything for that artist will pop up and you still have some searching to do." Value - For everything your getting with this head unit from features to cables supplied your getting a lot for your money. gps, usb, cables ect. They cramed it all in there. Last is build Quality - This is the only one i have to give a 4 of 5. The reason for this is because as other reveiws have pointed out that there are some program errors right out of the box. "Paul" from Crutchfield was able to tell me how to fix this problem with a simple download from parrots website. Update works great..
    Pros:
    Most everything
    Cons:
    receiver takes a little time to find iPod when plugged in. "gets better with update but still not up to speed" if parrot can fix the laggy issue this would be a perfect receiver in my opinion
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    5 out of 5

    Parrot ASTEROID

    Written By Anonymous, Visalia, CA on Sunday, March 25, 2012
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    This is by far the coolest stereo unit I've ever had. Very easy to use. Works incredible. ipod worked instantly as well as my Droid 2 phone. Bluetooth was a breeze. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.
    Pros:
    intuitive, easy to use, clear voice for phone. Wonderful sound with my music.
    Cons:
    none
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    2 out of 5

    Not really impressed

    Written By Jeremy, Troutville, Va on Friday, March 02, 2012
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    I purchased the Parrot for my wifes Jeep Grand Cherokee, at first I was impressed with all of the features that it has. But it was full of bugs, and not as powerfull as the manufacturer claimed that it was, the longer we had the deck the more problems occured. It would not change the songs as quickly as we would like you would have to hit the button several times before it would change, and recently when we would do that, it would also adjust the volume. A really neat concept for a deck but Parrot needs to do some more work on the system.
    Pros:
    Only Pros, Crutchfield is outstanding on their customer service. And will assist with any issues that you may have, you couldn't ask for a better company to deal with.
    Cons:
    Everything about this head unit
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    2 out of 5

    Lots of Bugs

    Written By jr8803, East Berlin, PA on Monday, February 27, 2012
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    So I gave the Asteroid an overall rating of 2 stars because it should not even be out on the market for purchase. I bought this radio knowing it had quirks hoping it would be a little cool knowing that Parrot is working on updates for future. This radio is supposed to be capable of doing all kinds of things but just is waiting for future updates in order to be able to do them. So that is like buying a new car without an engine. To find out when I installed it that it does nothing but lock up and restart when just using simple apps like Pandora and Ipod and the bluetooth feature. I decided not to even give it a chance of waiting for the day when I can use the GPS apps with my Iphone. This unit is just riddled with bugs, cool idea but when you can just buy a Kenwood and have the ability to use the Pandora app, use the ipod and bluetooth, without any locking up it was the smart decision to return and buy the Kenwood KIV-BT901. Also with Parrot making the bluetooth for other Kenwoods why is the bluetooth quality so lousy for the Asteroid, my wife said it sounded like I was so far away when using the phone. My new Kenwood has a bluetooth that was designed by Parrot and it sounds perfect and the microphone is in the exact same place. So the Asteroid had one great feature about it and that was the sound quality for playing music and ability to adjust the sound quality.
    Pros:
    Sound quality for music and ability to adjust the sound options.
    Cons:
    Everything else.
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    2 out of 5

    Needs a lot of work

    Written By Jeff, NY, NY on Monday, February 20, 2012
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    It's a great concept, but the software is filled with bugs. It seems like every trip the radio force quits, completely restarts or just doesn't perform as expected.
    Pros:
    Crutchfield has a 60 day return policy.
    Cons:
    1.4.3 is completely unstable and needs a lot of work.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Reciever

    Written By JoshO, Pasadena, Tx on Sunday, February 12, 2012
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    Overall, the Parrot Asteroid is a great receiver. I believe it still has a few bugs, even after the update. Sometimes I cannot get it to make a phone call without doing a force close, which then a loud popping sound follows, then the receiver boots back up, and finally starts right where I can make a call. I think with further updating, however, the Asteroid will be a top notch car receiver.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality. Bluetooth rocks Ipod connection is a plus (with charging capabilities) Overall apps is great
    Cons:
    Still minor bugs to contend with
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    4 out of 5

    Parrot ASTEROID

    Written By Anonymous, El Paso on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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    This radio needs a lot of updates. I got a lot of the same issues that others have with this product.
    Pros:
    Looks great.
    Cons:
    The lack of updates. Volume wheel needs some kinda rubber to make it easier to us. My radio also freezes and make a loud pop and then Restarts itself. Bluetooth works well at times.
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    5 out of 5

    Must say I love it

    Written By JakeB, Daphne AL on Monday, February 06, 2012
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    I must say that I was somewhat skeptical regarding this unit. Once I got it installed and all the cables run, it worked like a dream. I have a jail broken Iphone, and using that with the data plan allows you to activate the android apps. The sound quality is very good, and the voice recognition feature is amazing, especially when compared to Microsoft Sync etc.

    The Blue tooth audio connection is great, and I love it when it's paired to the Iphone. Completely worth the money that was paid, the GPS function works great. I'm highly impressed.
    Pros:
    GPS Capability Voice activated dialing Sound Quality
    Cons:
    Ford Focus Fit Kit means it sticks out. Sometimes gets hung up and has to be reset
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    4 out of 5

    Really surprised

    Written By Ray, Austin, Texas on Saturday, January 21, 2012
     
    I installed the unit in my 2004 Corvette and after I got everything working it turned out to be a great unit. The installation instructions almost nonexistent in the Parrot manual. However, the setup is pretty easy using the Nav wheel and a few buttons and the LCD screen looks great. The voice recognition works great making calls but is hit or miss when finding music. That may have something to do with the way the music is setup on the SD card. The navigation/gps on the unit works good but wasn't a major factor in my purchase. Surprisingly I was able to tether it to internet through my Droid X via Bluetooth with out having to buy a data plan from Verizon.
    Pros:
    User friendly Looks great High end features without the price.
    Cons:
    Installation is a little difficult. The navigation wheel has sharp edge on the outside that's kind of annoying.
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    5 out of 5

    Great radio for Woody fairing

    Written By davol, The thumb MI on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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    Love the fact that this unit does it all without CD's takes my music, give me gps and use of the internet if needed.
    Pros:
    Small size, flexable and easy install, for install on my Hearley I love it! Love the bluetooth built in as well.
    Cons:
    takes a bit of getting use to, but great for what I was looking for.
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    4 out of 5

    parrot

    Written By Anonymous, springfield va on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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    Sounds great, needs bug fixes and some updates. Easy install. Good price. Has some issues but should be fixable with software updates (easy to do). I'd buy again knowing the issues I've run into.
    Pros:
    Good sound. Great potential. Great idea. Good price.
    Cons:
    Needs some bug fixes. Does not tether, have a gx2 and can't use Bluetooth internet. Occasionally need to reset due to freezing.
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    4 out of 5

    Rapidly Improving Unit

    Written By jhengland02, CT on Monday, December 26, 2011
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    I purchased this unit for my wife's SUV and she initially loved the unit. It has so many features and gave her flexibility of BT music, SD music or USB music.

    We ran into issues (freezing, BT etc) and i was originally going to return the unit. We waited for a software update that significantly improved the stability of the unit.

    I am going to keep the unit as i see amazing potential for this product. As long as the Parrot IT guys continue to update the software and fix the small glitches then i don't see a better product on the market for the price.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth calling is very clear. Voice activated commands for calling and music are very cool. You have lots of options and the potential of this unit is immense.
    Cons:
    This unit comes with glitches. The Parrot IT guys are working to release updates on a regular basis to improve the stability which is hopeful.
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    4 out of 5

    Great headunit with great potential

    Written By Erik, New York on Friday, December 02, 2011
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    This unit has great potential. There are some bugs that still need to be worked out, but hopefully future upgrades will correct the issues. I did a lot of research to determine the best unit for my Jeep. I definitely recommend buying a cheap SD card and filling it with all of your music. All search features available for the iPod are also available for the SD card. For the price and overall product quality, I am very pleased with my purchase.
    Pros:
    - Price - Bluetooth Quality - Multiple USBs/iPod/SD card support - Bluetooth tethering - Voice search/dialing
    Cons:
    - Slight bugginess - Contact pics not automatically synced from iPhone - No song search via voice
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    4 out of 5

    installed for 3 weeks now

    Written By Lee, Ellijay, GA on Thursday, November 24, 2011
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    overall I don't regret my purchase, but this head unit has a few bugs. I hope that Parrot will continue to improve it. To Me the sound quality is good, but I don't have a lot of experience with different head units. I am currently planing on installing an amp and some new speakers. I'll try to let you know how it sounds.
    Pros:
    *works very well with my HTC Incredible phone. All of my contacts are available from exchange and gmail for almost seamless voice calling. Call quality approaches that of my friends BMW factory system. When in a call, hear each other loud and clear. *bluetooth streaming works well with some limited control. *voice searching music from the SD card works very well *FM radio reception is much better then my factory stereo *simple ez to operate controllers
    Cons:
    I don't understand way it was not designed to work with the factory dimer switch. Do the French not have these in there car's. When I was installing it, I found there was no place to connect the dimer wire. so I thought it must be handle with a light sensitive diode, but no it is manual. Takes about 30 seconds to boot if the car has been off for more then 30 minutes.
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    5 out of 5

    Awsome Stereo

    Written By BryanK, Overland Park, KS on Thursday, November 24, 2011
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    I was excited to see an Android powered stereo and had to have it. Knowing the power of android, I knew this had far more potential than any other stereo on the market. The reviews, are scarce and from what I can tell, inaccurate. In comparison to what is availiable on the market now, this obliterates the competition. The unit is high quality, and well excecuted especially for a pioneering product. Sounds perfect with my JL/RockfordFosgate system. Definatly for power users and competent people.
    Pros:
    Packed with features! Greate quality product and it sounds as greate as it looks.
    Cons:
    Still lacks some features that are part of future software updates, like usb tethering. Expensive!
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    2 out of 5

    Not the next big thing

    Written By Jeffre, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, November 11, 2011
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    Overall, I can't recommend this head unit. It satisfied my vanity but killed my inner geek. There are people who are working to mod the underlying OS to make it great. If that happens I will be back.





    -Bluetooth- Telephone calls work 100% of the time. Music works 8 times out of 10 - just enough to make you question your sanity. DUN or PAN for internet where a nightmare. After getting it to work it took over 2 minutes to put up one Google map with good reception.

    -USB media- Sometimes FORCE CLOSES with 300G drive.

    -Sound- Speakers bottom out. Needs high and low pass filters.

    -Menu navigation- Wiring does not use dimmer. 1 button doesn't light up like the others. The home button takes you to a menu. While using bluetooth music you can't see the current time.

    -Build Quality- Photographs of ASTROID look like high quality plastic/rubber but it's more like the iffy buttons on the fujitsu television in your grandma's sewing room.
    Pros:
    Looks. It looks great. I have been in the market since my Pioneer AVIC-D1 was stolen but all that was available looked like it belonged in a dance club. This deck, aside from the huge company name inside the wheel, looks pleasant. Voice commands. I am very impressed with the response accuracy to my verbal requests for both dialing contacts and playing music.
    Cons:
    I was ready to take this deck to its full potential but it couldn't keep up as advertised.
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    2 out of 5

    Cool looking, but half baked

    Written By Fred, Louisiana on Thursday, November 10, 2011
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    I loved the looks and the functionality of the unit. Simple and elegant. The display was nice also. The fact that it is actually about half the depth of a regular unit made installation easier than normal. Why aren't all the head units without CD players shallower like this one? Liked the voice control for searching for music and dialing, and the Bluetooth portion worked well with my iPhone 4. The faceplate magnet is genius, even if I would have never used it. Makes it easy to remove and replace.

    Sound quality is absolutely terrible compared to the Kenwood it replaced. EQ seemingly does little on the lows, even less on the highs. Needs built in crossovers. Not compatible (right now anyway - they are working on an update) with iOS5, so I couldn't play with maps or any of the other apps using my phone as a data link. At first it seemed very unstable and hard reset itself (very loud pop) three times without me even touching it. After that it seemed more reliable, made me lose faith in it a little each time. It delays the shutting off of any amps (and power antennas if applicable) for 5 minutes after shutdown for some unknown reason. To dim the display at night quickly, hold down the center of the knob. Thanks for the shortcut. But why doesn't it have a dimmer wire like radios have had forever?

    In the end, I returned it because I couldn't deal with the lack of fidelity compared to my older unit. Sounds petty, but for the price I didn't want a downgrade.
    Pros:
    Looks. Simplicity of design/operation. Display. Not very deep. Voice control. Lots of inputs.
    Cons:
    Sound quality. Missing a few features. Hard resets. Turns amps off 5 minutes after shutdown (why delay?). GPS antenna LED status indicator doesn't shut off, draws needless attention to itself.
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    4 out of 5

    Great Head Unit

    Written By DarylH2, Sierra Vista, AZ on Friday, November 04, 2011
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    This is a great radio with lots and lots of potential for the future. Right now the Apps that come with the radio are not worth spending the extra money to get the Mobile Hotspot required to use them. Parrot says they are working on a USB network sharing patch but we will see. Overall I recommend this radio.
    Pros:
    The Asteroid looks awesome and has great functionality with unlimited potential for future upgrades. The install with the directions and equipment supplied by Crutchfield was very easy and took me less than 1 hour.
    Cons:
    Requires additional Hotspot Functionality to use Apps which costs me an additional $20 month from Verizon.
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