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Car kit for Bluetooth® cell phones

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We carry cell phone kit harnesses that allow simple, plug-in connection of Parrot's Bluetooth car kits in a wide variety of vehicles.

Parrot's MKi9100 Bluetooth car kit combines easy hands-free operation of your compatible phone or device — such as the iPhone® 5S, or newest Android™ smartphone — with control over many portable music sources, including the iPod®. You'll see information about incoming calls displayed on its screen, and you'll be able to carry on conversations directly through your car stereo. This kit works with nearly all Bluetooth cell phones on the market and it's compatible with most car stereo systems.

The kit contains three components: a mute box that installs beneath the dashboard, a remote control keypad, and an OLED display panel. The mute box connects to your stereo system through a wiring kit harness and to the display panel with a single wire. The MKi9100 connects to your Bluetooth phone automatically once you start your car, and it can handle up to five Bluetooth devices at once.

Easy operation
With many phones, the voice-recognition software remembers up to 150 names from your address book for dialing, so you can dial by speaking. Using built-in text-to-speech technology, the MKi9100 can announce the names of your contacts, so you can browse through your phonebook or check out who's calling without taking your eyes off the road.

Visual convenience and security
The MKi9100's high-contrast screen displays phone numbers, caller names, and music information. The MKi9100 mutes your car stereo when a call comes in, ensuring clear sound over your car's speakers. Two built-in microphones reduce noise and interference so you can hear the conversation clearly. You can talk in a normal tone — no need to shout, even in heavy traffic. The compact display panel detaches from its mounting base, so you can keep the kit out of the hands of thieves.

User-friendly controls
The MKi9100 will guide you through dialing, accessing your phonebook, voicemail, and other phone functions while you concentrate on driving. You can use the keypad's scroll-knob to control the volume and browse menus, or to rewind, fast-forward, or jump to another song.

Access email and text messages with your voice
This kit is now compatible with TextFriendly®, a service which allows you to access your email and text messages, all by voice activation. You can listen to, delete, compose, reply, and forward without taking your eyes off the road. TextFriendly also works with Facebook and Twitter updates, and is compatible with all phones that work with your Parrot device. You get a year of free service from Parrot — after that, you pay $4.99 a month, or $39.99 a year.

Access and control your music
The kit also features several connections for your portable music devices. The USB input works with newer iPods or other MP3 players. Simply connect your player and leave it in the glove compartment — you can control all the action from the keypad. You can even use your voice to control the music on your iPhone via the MKi9100's microphone. You'll also find an auxiliary input to connect audio from other music sources.

You can use the MKi9100 to control the musical output of your factory stereo system. The MKi9100's built-in amplifier helps reproduce all your music and conversations with added clarity and fidelity. If you're running an amplified or aftermarket system, you can bypass this feature to enjoy the juiced-up sound you've already got.

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

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Highlights:

  • Bluetooth car kit includes OLED display panel, two microphones, remote-control keypad, and mute box
  • hardware for mounting the keypad and display on your dash or steering wheel
  • works with all Bluetooth phones and A2DP stereo devices, including many iPod and iPhone models
  • removable, dash-mounted display panel lists caller, number and streaming music information when available
  • 6-button, remote-control keypad controls all phone menu and music functions
  • USB input and auxiliary input for connecting music sources
  • built-in digital amplifier (20 watts RMS x 4)
Features:
  • hands-free phone calls and streaming MP3 music with most factory or aftermarket car stereo systems (may require vehicle-specific adapters for plug-in connection)
  • automatically mutes your car stereo for phone calls
  • works with up to 5 Bluetooth phones
  • voice-recognition software stores up to 150 names for hands-free dialing (only works with certain phones)
  • voice-synthesis (text-to-speech) technology announces contact names
  • noise reduction and echo cancellation technology for clear voice transmission
  • works with TextFriendly service (available from Parrot) for hands-free access to SMS text messages and email
Other Specs:
  • dimensions: 3-5/16"W x 1-5/16"H x 1-1/16"D (display panel); 2-1/16"W x 1-1/2"H x 1-1/16"D (keypad); 5-3/8"W x 7/8"H x 4-1/8"D (mute box)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Note: Crutchfield carries cell phone kit harnesses that allow easy, plug-in connection of Parrot's Bluetooth car kits in a wide variety of vehicle factory systems. You can also use these harnesses in conjunction with many aftermarket systems in compatible vehicles, as long as the factory stereo connections are available.

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  • Bluebox electronic control unit
  • Control screen
  • Wireless remote control with mounting strap
  • External dual microphone with attached 11.5' cord terminated by a male 3.5mm connector
  • 5' iPod/USB/3.5mm connector cable
  • 5' Control screen cable
  • Installation harness
  • Control screen mounting bracket
  • Wireless remote control steering wheel mounting bracket
  • Visor clip
  • CR2032 3V battery
  • Control screen carrying pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty/Registration Card

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Overview: The Parrot MKi9100 system is a unique Bluetooth hands-free car kit which installs in almost any vehicle. It combines the latest Bluetooth communication technologies with a full set of services dedicated to music. Once paired with your Bluetooth mobile phone, the MKi9100 enables you to establish in a few seconds any phone conversations in your vehicle without needing to handle your cell-phone, even leaving it in your pocket. In addition to providing a wireless Bluetooth connection, the MKi9100 offers an iPod dock connector, a USB type-A connector, and a male 3.5mm connector for connecting all types of portable digital music devices. Installed in your vehicle, it provides advanced hands-free performance and control of your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone or portable digital music player. The Parrot MKi9100 connects to your car audio system and delivers high-quality conversations and music.

Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth enables voice, data and music to be sent via a short-distance radio link. It connects a wide range of electronic equipment without requiring additional cables. And, it extends the communications possibilities for cell phones and a large number of devices. The Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) profile uses the same radio frequencies and allows the sending of music files from one device to another. Bluetooth wireless technology offers a range of 33 feet (10 meters). The Parrot MKi9100 supports the following Bluetooth v2.0 profiles.

  • HFP (Hands-Free Profile)
  • HSP Headset Profile)
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • AVRCP (Advanced Video Remote Control Profile)
  • OPP (Object Push Profile)
  • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile)

Bluetooth Phone And Device Compatibility: The Parrot MKi9100 is 100% Bluetooth compatible with virtually every Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, smartphone (including Android), PDA, and iPhone (iPhone 3G-5S). You can visit the Parrot website to confirm that your cell phone is compatible. You can pair up to 5 Bluetooth enabled devices to the MKi9100.

Vehicle Integration Compatibility: The Parrot MKi9100 is designed to install seamlessly in almost any vehicle. If desired, the remote control functions can be interfaced with your vehicle's original equipment steering wheel audio controls using an optional available Parrot accessory harness (sold separately).

Installation: The MKi9100 connects to your aftermarket or factory stereo system so you can take calls from your Bluetooth phone through your car's speakers. The kit includes an electronic hide-away unit, a control screen, external dual microphones, wireless RF remote control, installation cable, audio cable, harness, and mounting brackets. Installation requires a vehicle-specific adapter for factory systems. Please enter your vehicle into Crutchfield's "Car Selector" installation guide to see if there is a harness available for your vehicle.

Note: T-harnesses are available to simplify the installation process in many vehicles. Check the Crutchfield Install Guide to see if a T-harness is available for your vehicle. The MKi9100 can also be hardwired, but inexperienced installers may have difficulty.

Hide-Away Box: The MKi9100 features a hide-away electronic box which is the central brain of the system. The supplied control screen cable, microphone, installation harness, and audio cable plug into this hide-away electronic box.

OLED Control Screen: The MKi9100 features a backlit 2.4" dot matrix OLED control screen with a 3-line display. Phonebook contacts, calling information and music playback information are displayed on the dash-mounted OLED screen, which also detaches for theft prevention and comes with a soft carrying pouch. The control screen comes with an adjustable, self-adhesive mounting bracket and soft carrying pouch.

Wireless RF Remote Control: The Parrot MKi9100 comes supplied with a wireless remote control for operation of the Hands-Free Car Kit. The remote features five buttons and one rotary knob. The remote operates off of a single CR2032 3V battery. The wireless remote control allows you to make, answer or end phone calls as well as control audio streaming. You control the MKi9100 phone and music functions with the included wireless RF remote that can be mounted on the steering wheel or wherever you like in your vehicle.

External Dual Microphone: The Parrot MKi9100 features an external double microphone with noise reduction, echo cancellation, 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.

Auto Car Stereo Muting: When a call comes in, the MKi9100 automatically mutes your car stereo and the caller's voice comes through your vehicle's speakers.

Voice Recognition: The MKi9100 features user independent voice recognition and voice synthesis (text-to-speech). To access your phonebook and make a call, simply press the green button to start the user-independent voice recognition. The MKi9100 recognize your voice and 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.

TextFriendly: A new feature called TextFriendly is available for the MKi9100 through a firmware update. It allows you to receive and answer texts and emails via voice. After a 6-month free trial period for new Parrot customers (or a 3-month free trial period for existing Parrot customers) a monthly fee is required to subscribe to TextFriendly.

Phonebook: The MKi9100 allows you to upload your phonebook from your Bluetooth enabled phone. Each time you add a contact name, the MKi9100 automatically synchronizes your cell phonebook. While you browse the phonebook, its listings will be spoken to you out loud through your vehicle's speakers. The MKi9100 can support up to 8,000 total contacts (up to 2,500 per paired phone).

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 MKi9100's control screen will also display the name (if in phonebook).

Discreet Mode: To follow on your conversation in a discreet mode, you can switch instantaneously the communication towards your Bluetooth headset or your mobile phone.

Digital Music Convenience: You can stream music from your Bluetooth enabled phone or other Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) device; or use the kit's iPod/iPhone, USB, and 3.5mm direct connections. The MKi9100 connects to any Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) source such as MP3 players, musicphone, smartphones, or PDAs. The MKi9100 also comes supplied with a 5' music cable specifically designed to adapt to any sort of digital and analog music players (iPod/ iPhone connector, a USB type-A connector to plug any USB MP3 player, and a 3.5mm line-in input for analog sources). The MKi9100 allows basic playback functions (Play/Pause/Fast Forward/Rewind/Skip/Previous) of your connected Bluetooth, iPod, or USB audio device. The MKi9100 displays the playlist of your Bluetooth, iPod connector, and USB connected devices. All music files are played back through your car's speakers (front and back).

Note: The unit's iPod dock connector supports 5th generation and newer iPods and the iPhone (iPhone 3G) with dock connection for audio playback and control, as well as charging. It does not offer video/photo transfer. The MKi9100's display and control functions are not supported through the unit's 3.5mm input.

Built-In Digital Amplifier: The MKi9100 features a built-in digital 20-watt amplifier to give your music a boost in power and fidelity. You can control the volume of your music from the MKi9100's remote control.

Software Updates: The software in the MKi9100 can be updated from the Parrot website via a USB or Bluetooth connection.

Dimensions

Hideaway Box: Width = 5.355, Height = 0.875", Depth = 4.085"

Control Screen: Width = 3.255", Height = 1.265", Depth = 0.595"

RF Remote: Width = 2.055", Height = 1.425", Depth = 1.025"

Dual Microphone: Width = 2.415", Height = 1.145", Depth = 0.855"

 

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4 out of 5

great aftermarket bluetooth solution

Written By JJ, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
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Great product, and easy to install using the vehicle adapters from Crutchfield. We've had it drop a connection once over a month of use, but that could've been a fluke, so we're generally pretty satisfied.
Pros:
easy install decent UI decent sound
Cons:
sometimes ambiguous pairing status when there are multiple phones in the car need to find a tidy place to hide the mic & display wires, but that's inherent in any aftermarket system
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4 out of 5

Love my Parrot

Written By KarenK, Haverhill, MA on Thursday, March 20, 2014
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I love this product. It is great for the car and adds safety to making calls. I wish the voice recognition was a little better.
Pros:
Sound is clear, not problems with the microphones. The phone book synced right up with my android phone
Cons:
Voice recognition limited
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5 out of 5

Solid product

Written By Cal, Kennewick, WA on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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Fit perfectly, quality manufacture, directions were rubbish but you shouldn't really attempt install if you need detailed instruction so not all that important - YouTube vids give better instruction for prepping the car. Double sided tape a poor mounting solution on textured surfaces in my car but that's easily enough remedied. Parrot doing everything they claim so I'm a happy customer.
Pros:
Well thought out, fabricated & all parts included.
Cons:
Blue color of CPU box is tacky
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5 out of 5

Excellent Quality

Written By Tom W, Atlanta, Ga on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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The MKi9000 has proven to be better than advertised. I installed this myself in a 2007 Honda Accord. It was more fun to install this myself. The install directions from Parrot are limited, Crutchfield sent a install guide specific to my vehicle which made the process much easier. Call quality and Bluetooth acoustics are very good .
Pros:
Flexible set up and use options The sound through the Parrot is surprisingly good - Better than the factory radio
Cons:
The remote installed on the steering wheel can be a little quirky. It leads To accidental recall of Your last call. The voice command is a little hard to understand.
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4 out of 5

Perfect alternative

Written By JoeShmo94, Holly, Mi on Thursday, September 05, 2013
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very nice item. There is no dash kit for my american style Subaru Legacy 2005. I was looking for a way to add bluetooth to my car and be able to play my iphone through my speakers. this little guy took me (very inexperienced) about 1.5 hrs to install and it works and sounds great! works with pandora, music app... anything with bluetooth. the input cord was long enough to reach the inside of my console from behind my receiver! very happy with this item.
Pros:
easy to use, bluetooth calling, very fast connection to phone each time i enter car
Cons:
sometimes i hit the control switches when im turning on short notice, changing the song or dropping the call.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Parrot MKi9100

Written By JoeG, Douglas, MA on Sunday, September 01, 2013
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The Parrot MKi9100 is everything it was stated to be. Once power up, it paired with my iPhone5 immediately. Controls are easy to operate and move thru menus are easy too. System works as advertised.
Pros:
Easy install, easy operation once paired to iPhone5.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

MKi9100

Written By Greg, Martinsburg, WV on Thursday, August 08, 2013
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I bought the Parrot MKi9100 for my wife's 2008 Honda Odyssey. It is hands down the best Bluetooth device we've used. Installation wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Once the dash was apart it was plug and play with the wiring harness (also ordered through Crutchfield). The only issue I ran into was limited documentation that came with the device. This replaced a Motorola Roadster Handsfree that never really worked that well with all the background noise in a minivan. The MKi9100, works flawlessly. It easily synched with my wife's phone and the dual microphone picks up our voices regardless of how much noise the kids are making in the back. The people we have called said the call was was clear and they could not tell we were in the car. Same with incoming voice quality. The one con is when it reads a name from the phone book, the volume is low and it is sometimes hard to understand. This might be a setting on phone, I'm not sure. Other than that, I am very satisfied with this product.
Pros:
Call clarity. Easy to use. Can control and charge an iPod.
Cons:
Limited documentation from Parrot.
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5 out of 5

Parrott mki9100

Written By John, Nashville, TN on Sunday, June 02, 2013
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I have wanted to put a Bluetooth system in my 2005 Subaru outback for 5 years and have generally been frustrate with my options. To put an entirely new stereo in was so expensive it hardly seemed worth it. But then the folks at Crutchfield told me about this and I can't be happier! The soy d is excellent and since most of my music resides on my iPhone it has opened up my library so I can listen in the car. The phone calls are clear and the person on the other end can hear me well. I recommend mounting the microphone on the steering column.
Pros:
Easy install Great sound
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Parrot MKi9100 is just what I needed

Written By RG, East Tennessee on Saturday, February 09, 2013
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This system does exactly what I need - provides great Bluetooth functionality. I have always installed aftermarket stereos in my vehicles and while all have provided great audio, some of the Bluetooth functionality has been marginal. I finally decided to try a dedicated unit and ordered an open-box Parrot MKi9100 from Crutchfield along with the recommended harness for my Ford Escape. My wife can actually hear me now when talking on my cell phone! Some of my previous head-units have had built-in Parrot Bluetooth, but whatever noise-canceling voodoo they do with the dual-microphones on this unit is far superior to the Clarion and Kenwood units I used previously in this vehicle. The iPod/USB capability works well too.
Pros:
Excellent Bluetooth performance Good audio from iPod / MP3 USB (for a 20W/ch RMS amp) Intuitive user interface - controls logical and easy to use The "open-box" item was indistinguishable from a new boxed product except for some Crutchfield tape on the box. Item was pristine and functions flawlessly.
Cons:
None so far.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Parrot Mki9100

Written By Anonymous, dallas.tx on Friday, January 04, 2013
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This was disappointing. We had to return it because it couldn't be installed. This, after we talked to someone at Crutchfield who assured us we could get it installed in my son's Honda.
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield customer support is top notch

Written By Warren B., North Haven, CT on Monday, September 24, 2012
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I decided to purchase the Parrot MKi9100 for our Mazda 6 from Crutchfield because of the great help I got on the phone before I purchased. When I called to ask some questions about DIY installation the reps on the phone were very knowledgeable and gave not even a hint of pressure to buy from Crutchfield. They steered me in the direction of quick connect who provided a custom cable that allowed direct plug and play to my factory Bose system, couldn't have been easier! I'm very pleased with the result. The parrot gives seamless Bluetooth connectivity of my iPhone enabling use of phone and music without wires..........awesome
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Parrot MKi9100

Written By Tony, New Jersey on Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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I'm very pleased. Looked a bit overwhelming when I first looked at, but its easy once you lay it all out. Connected to the stock stereo in a 2004 Ford F350. I installed it 3 weeks ago, and it's worked flawlessly.
Pros:
Easy installation
Cons:
Would be nice if it was as loud as the stereo
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Not reliable for the price

Written By ChrisP, Seattle, WA on Friday, April 06, 2012
 
Not ready for prime time. The concept is good, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I have one of these for my wife's Acura MDX and another for my Dodge Ram pickup. The MDX unit failed while still under warranty, but Parrot wouldn't honor the warranty- fortunately, Crutchfield came through on that one. Software on the original units needs updating, but you have to take the car apart to update the box. The replacement unit has updated software, but doesn't work any better. Doesn't recognize the word 'home" unless you shout it several times- very poor voice recognition. Batteries wear out quickly (less than a year) and although we don't remove the removable screen, it still has worn so that if you hit a bump it pops out of the cradle, causing a reboot. I wouldn't recommend this product.
Pros:
Technically works as promised.
Cons:
Only works well upon installation. wears out quickly, extremely frustrating to use on a daily basis- will probably cause more accidents than it prevents.
8 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Parrot MKi9100

Written By HPCBMW, Sac, Ca on Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Just installed this and am VERY surprised by how good it works. The install was easier then expected, with the T harness from Crutchfield. I had to call Crutchfield with a couple questions about extra wires, but with their advice the install went smoothly.

The Parrot quickly sinc'd with my LG phone via bluetooth and my ipod when I plugged it in. The sound is actually a little better then the stock radio because the Parrot has a small amp in it. Overall, I'd say buy this product! It's in my wife's car now. If after a month I'm still this impressed, I'll buy another for my Honda.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

I can't even take this product seriously.

Written By Patriot_RAM, Ozarks on Saturday, August 06, 2011
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This product is a joke. I installed this in my 2004 Dodge RAM using the adapter recommended by Crutchfield. The sole purpose was for iPhone integration. I wanted to use the hands free, phone charger, and have the ability to easily choose different songs to play.

Pros: - It's blue.

Cons: - The unit will lose sync with the phone and fail to control it. Have to pull over and turn the truck off to reboot the MKI. - Often, music from the phone stops playing on the MKI. Pull over, reboot. - Bluetooth music is very quiet, have to plug it into the port on the phone to listen to music. - Scrolling through song titles by letter fails and skips many letters. Updating the firmware helped, but still happens. - Knob falls off controller if you bump it and during use. - Rubber "band" that attaches it to steering sheel wore out after three months - Display is hard to see, even though I have tinted windows (dim mode can't even be read at night) - Bluetooth speakerphone is unusable. I have to hold it in front of my mouth for the other person to hear me. The other person also hears an echo of their own voice.

I expected MUCH better for the price I paid for this and the adapter. This makes two crutchfield recommended purchases in a row that are ABSOLUTE JUNK.
15 out of 22 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Parrot MKi9100

Written By Conrad, Ontario, Canada on Monday, April 18, 2011
 
If your looking to integrate a bluetooth unit with your factory OR aftermarket deck - this parrot MKI9100 unit is amazing. The volume is clear, the sound cancelling is on par with the best of anything I have ever used. The built in sound recognition also works as well as anything I have ever tried - AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS. My callers hear me clearly even at 100+ (KM/H) with windy/rainy conditions. Negatives? Make sure you purchase the crutchfield adapter - although you don't HAVE to - the wiring is complex without it!
PS... the boot time is just a little longer than my Deck - but it pairs instantly with my phone - making it ready almost immediately. I definately recommend this unit!
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Parrot MKi9100

Written By RDR, Detroit, Mi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Product works great. Has better microphone reception than the factory
installed Uconnect . Very happy with the product. It was installed in a 2004
Taurus. I was very disappointed in the tech support for installing since the amp
was in the trunk for the speaker connections. I was given clear instruction on
the in or out for the speaker mute. Had to have a local Parrot dealer install at
get expense. You need a tee- connection and wire supply kit for the Taurus
series and examples and running the wires to the trunk. But the product works
great.
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good product work wells

Written By Anon, Hartford, CT on Saturday, February 26, 2011
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The product does everything it describes and works well. Voice recognition calling is great so you never have to take your eyes off the road. The microphone is great, people have always had difficulty hearing me talk through a phone, but with this microphone there are never any issues. I give them 4 vs. 5 because because the remote does not look to be the most robust. The unit is quick and easy to install, I had it connected and functional inside of twenty minutes. I also purchased the wiring harness from Crutchfield so that I did not have to splice wires etc., that made it very easy and much cleaner IMO; well worth the additional money. If you aren't skilled at wiring definitely purchase through Crutchfield since they provide support with their product, vs. other retailers or something similar. The pricing is nearly the same and the state of mind knowing the service is there for assistance in installation and returns etc. if necessary are well worth the small price difference. It did take me an hour or two to install the box and wires cleanly behind my dash, but I am very particular and wanted everything to be clean and not hanging or visible. Use a dashboard remove toolkit to prevent damaging dash and the expedite this step. The other product I considered was the Dice product. The Parrot product was less expensive and had better reviews and functionality, I am very pleased with my decision.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

cheap steering wheel controller

Written By greg, annapolis, md on Thursday, January 20, 2011
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this system is not even in my car yet and the controller is falling apart. the dial push
button is continuosly falling off and the cebter button below this has come off once as
well. this is a cheap unit and will not last long. very disappointing.
3 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Parrot MKi9100

Written By 54effie, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, January 03, 2011
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The Parrot MKi9100 did everything that I needed and then more. I ordered the
T-harness from Crutchfield that matched the radio in my car ... looking at the
diagrams puzzeled me. After talking to John in Crutchfield Customer Support
he said that everything is "plug and play" and that the plugs are made so that
you cannot plug into the wrong jack . I found that the harness is made just like
John said and I found is "idiot-proof" where you cannot accidentally plug into
a wrong jack ... very easy. All the rest of the loose wires is not needed and is
just tucked away (I zip-tied mine) ... if the Crutchfield T-Harness is used.

Suggestion: In the Crutchfield instructions, please state that if the Crutchfield
T-harness is used, no other connections or wire splicing is needed ... just
plug all the connectors in ... the connectors are made so that the connectors
cannot be plugged in wrong.

I plan on buying more of these and other items from Crutchfield!

Thank you John ... you made my day!
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4 out of 5

Very nice system

Written By John, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, August 09, 2010
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I purchased this for my 2008 Honda Pilot. I bought the Honda-compatible adapter harness, and installation was pretty much plug-and-play once I removed the radio. Total installation took me about an hour.

The system itself does exactly what it says. Syncing my phone (Blackberry 9630) was fast & easy. Audio plays through the line-in, iPod, and USB jacks just as you would expect. Choosing songs and artists is a ittle clunky, but it's not bad. The phone functionality works great -- everything mutes when a call comes through or when you want to place a call, and it un-mutes when you are done. It's all seamless and intuitive. Audio quality is good, and it met my expectations on all fronts.

My only gripe isn't the Parrot MKI9100's fault, but it is a legitimate gripe. My Pilot has a factory subwoofer that is powered by the head unit. The wire running to the subwoofer does not pass through the Parrot's blue box like the other speakers. As a result, when a call comes in, the speakers mute but the subwoofer keeps thumping away. The same thing is true for listening to music from an iPod, USB, or aux input -- the speakers play what's coming from the Parrot, but the subwoofer thumps away to the Radio, XM, or CD from the head unit. The easy fix is to turn off the radio while using the Parrot, but it is still a minor annoyance.

I am happy with the Parrot, and I would recommend it to others. The gripe I mentioned above is the only thing keeping me from giving 5 stars.
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4 out of 5

Love it! Bought another to give as a gift!

Written By Bob D., Dutchess County, NY on Monday, July 19, 2010
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I had grown tired of charging my bluetooth headsets and searched around before finally deciding on this particular parrot model. i already have an ipod adapter in my car so I don't use the one supplied with the model but as far as the bluetooth call performance is concerned I couldn't be happier!

I will say though that I was disappointed the quick connect harness for my vehicle was not available through crutchfield. I googled around for a quick connect (no splicing involved) harness for my 2008 G35x and found one at a reasonable price. Start to finish it took me 20 minutes to remove the radio, put this in, replace the radio and have my phone paired. It couldn't have been easier!!

My only wish is that the unit would be able to display the call on the car's radio screen instead of the parrot LCD, but that's a big request understandably.

The Crutchfield price was WAY cheaper than other comparable places. Over the years i've ordered several radios, speakers and other accessories from Crutchfield and I will continue to keep coming back!!
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4 out of 5

The real state of the art

Written By Chris, Lake Forest Park, WA on Monday, May 24, 2010
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Parrot has earned their reputation for a reason- this unit works very well, is easy to install and simple to understand. I have been trying to get a workable bluetooth solution for my iPhone that will allow me to stream audio via bluetooth. I had an older Parrot receiver which worked exactly as promised, but was completely dysfunctinal as a car stereo. The Clarion and Kenwood in-dash receivers I tried had flaws of their own, which made them difficult to use without taking your eyes off the road- obviously not the best solution. The stand-alone Parrot kit fits the bill perfectly. Plug-and-play for my car with the optional wiring harness (highly recommended) and extremely simple to install. the hardest part is figuring out where to mount the screen and control. Plug it in and it works like a champ.

PROS: Easy install, great sound, many easy adjustments like mic gain and menu volume make it easy to tailor to your own specifications.

CONS: System is a full-blown computer, so it takes a minute or so to boot up when you start the car. Streaming Pandora over bluetooth sometimes switches off between songs- presumably the dead air makes the unit believe there is no more signal- not a big deal, and likely iPhone related rather than Parrot.
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5 out of 5

Great equipment and easy to install

Written By Harold, Wakefield, KS on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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I went to Crutchfield Customer assistance to ensure that I ordered the right parts for the install . They were extremely helpful to ensure that I was able to get it right the first time. Ordered the unit and a patch cable for my vehicle and when it came in I was able to install it all myself, Plug and Play. I ran into one problem with the remote in that I hadn't paired the remote to the unit. The instructions do not show that is a required step. I called Crutchfield Tech Support and we had it going in about 10 min. The tech said that they had the more in depth instructions on their site for download.

I placed the remote on my steering wheel and the display next to the radio and all works great. The voice dial is so simple, wasn't necessary to activate as directions said. Can adjust volume from the remote, could use some more for when I play my music from my phone. Microphone is very sensitive. a friend had to ask me to stop yelling. Clearity is good.

This has been a very positive purchase and would buy more of the Parrot products if needed.

Thanks to the folks at Crutchfield for an enjoyable purchase, very professional.
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4 out of 5

3rd time is the charm

Written By gstern1994, Purcellville, Va on Thursday, February 26, 2009
 
Well, I bought the first one and had it installed and could not get it respond to the remote and it would not pair. CF was great and sent another one right out. Second one, same install, no luck - same problems. CF spent time on the phone with the installer so I'm confident that they knew what they were doing. Before the third one was sent out, CF made sure it worked in their test car. Next one, BINGO!

If I had bought this from any of the Grey Market guy's, I would have been holding a hunk of plastic. Instead I received patience and limitless support. Thank you CF.

The unit works very well, the voice rec. is spot on. I didn't even have to set up the voice tagging per the instructions. I have a BB Curve with voice dialing activated and it understands everything. The display is very readable, plus it goes to sleep when not in use. It's hooked up to an Alpine X-100. The volume is controlled by the Parrot itself and sometimes it could use a bit more.

I was pleasantly surprised that the X-100 in addition to muting the radio when a call comes in also pauses iPod playback as well.

When a call comes in the name is announced you give the remote a little click to pick up (caller id info is displayed) and a click to end. The remote lets you scroll through your phone book by letter (it reads the letter of the alphabet as you scroll ), call logs etc.. all by just listening & clicking. You never have to take your eyes off the road.

It is great! I guess my first two weren't just lemons.
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2 questions already asked

Would there be any reason that this unit would not be 100% compatible with a 2006 X-type with a premium system because of the amp and fiber optic D2B network it uses? [ Brandon  May 09, 2014 ]
2 answers
  • All I can tell you is Crutchfield has a third party vendor that provides custom cable adapters for you car to the parrot system. I would think an advisor would be able to tell you more. I have a premium sound system with amplifier and the parrot works just fine with my system. I love it. [ LISA   May 12, 2014 ]
  • Incompatible, not likely to be incompatible. I would though recommend having it professionally installed or find someone very knowledgeable with electronics. I still haven't been able to get mine functioning in a 97 F-150 with premium sound (amp). The issue I am experiencing is if the Parrot is hooked up pre amp the Parrot and the radio cancel themselves out and no sound is played when the Parrot is engaged. I think this should be solveable with the use of a relay but I have yet to wire One in. If I place the Parrot in line after the amp then I fail to get sound from the radio at all (parrot engaged or not). However, the parrot works perfectly in the after amp config using only its internal 20 watt amp. Overall the device works wonderfully. I can make and receive calls and listen to streaming media from my cell phone. One piece I wish it did do and I haven't called support regarding is passing through the song titles from apps such as Pandora. [ STEVEN   May 11, 2014 ]
I already have the Parrot MKI9100 which I purchased from you. I have traded vehicles and now need a wirirng harness for a 2012 Dodge Journey. Do you have one and can you point me to it? [ David Stevens  Jan 18, 2014 ]
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  • For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Staff  Jan 19, 2014 ]

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