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Time-saving connections for your car
We carry cell phone kit harnesses that allow plug-in connection of Parrot's Bluetooth car kits in a wide variety of vehicles.
Parrot's MKi9200 Bluetooth car kit links your compatible phone or device — such as the iPhone® 5S or newest Android™ smartphone — to just about any car stereo for hands-free calling through your car's speakers. It offers control over many portable music sources, including the iPod® and iPhone.
But this is not your ordinary Bluetooth car kit — you'll also hear high-quality audio from all your portables, including music streamed from your phone along with files stored on USB drives or SD™ cards. And if you want to treat your eyes as well as your ears, the MKi9200's full-color 2.4" display provides you with album artwork and your own favorite images to go along with the music.
The kit consists of three main components: a mute box that installs beneath the dashboard, a remote control keypad, and the display panel. The mute box connects to your stereo system with an optional vehicle-specific harness and to the display panel with a single wire. The MKi9200 connects to your Bluetooth phone automatically once you start your car. For those who carpool with other Bluetooth users, the MKi9200 can handle up to five Bluetooth devices at once.
With many phones, the voice-recognition software remembers up to 150 names from your address book — just say a name and the MKi9200 dials the number instantly. Using built-in text-to-speech technology, the MKi9200 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.
The MKi9200 mutes your car stereo when a call comes in, ensuring clear sound over your car's speakers. The included microphones feature noise-reducing technology that lets you speak clearly without having to shout. The MKi9200's screen displays phone numbers, caller names and images, and music information, including album covers and your favorite photos. You can easily remove the screen for safekeeping in the included carrying pouch when you're not in the car.
Note: The MKi9200 cannot display contact photos directly from the iPhone.
The MKi9200's built-in amplifier works in place of your factory radio's power section, for sound quality that surpasses other adapters and kits. You can bypass this feature if you're running an amplified or aftermarket system to keep the high-octane sound you've already got.
The MKi9200 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 device 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 six months of free service from Parrot — after that, you pay $4.99 a month, or $39.99 a year.
You'll find 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 MKi9200's microphone. The display screen also includes an SD™ memory card slot, so you can access tunes from your own cards. And an auxiliary input accepts audio from almost any music source.
Bluetooth note: Use of this kit's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.
Purchased from scratch and dent for a 2015 outback. After looking into many options to add hands free and aux inputs, this seemed like the best solution. Especially given the complexity of the stock stereo.
Installation took me and a buddy about three hours. And that included lunch and doing extra stuff while the dash was open.
Performance and ease of use is amazing. It really exceeds expectations. Call quality is great and getting through the different modes is easy. I might add a USB hard drive for all of the music since this is an option
Pros: Seamless integration into stock system. Great controls
Cons: None yet
Works great!! Just be careful as it automatically prioritizes Any noise coming out of your phone over the car stereo, even the unlocking of a phone that's on loud or typing on the keyboard. My workaround is to just turn off the bluetooth on my phone until I want to listen to something on my phone. (Someone let me know if they've found another workaround.)
Pros: Automatically prioritizes what is playing from your phone over the radio, which allows you to seamlessly play your phone.
Cons: Automatically prioritizes what is playing from your phone over the radio
This worked great in a 2005 Honda Odyssey touring. The audio system has an external preamp so if I did not have the proper wiring harness then I suspect I would have the same trouble the lower reviewers had. That said, this product allows me to sleep easy knowing that my wife can drive the kids around with hands free access to her phone. All it the whole project set me back $430, I did the install which was very simple. One thing I should note is that I lost the remote and the crutchfield guys went above and beyond to help. They won my future business for sure!!!! One additional note is that I bought and installed the panavice mounting bracket and it looks great. If I have a durability issue I will reconsider my high score review. As long as it keep on working, I love it!
Pros: Seamless integration with the OEM system, easy to install provided you get a proven harness appropriate for your system.
Cons: The microphone adhesive is a little weak.
Bought this for use with our 2003 Chrysler Town & Country, along with the adapter cables. Installation was relatively easy. However, shortly after installing the Parrot, one of our speakers stopped working with the original car stereo - it still worked fine with the Parrot, but the Parrot wasn't passing audio for that speaker along any more. After 6 months, we lost 3 of the 4 speakers this way - they all worked with the Parrot, but the pass through from the factory stereo was down to only 1 speaker. Then, after 9 months, the remote started acting flaky. Within 1 year of installation the remote didn't work at all. Replaced the remote battery, but that made no difference. I completely unhooked every cable and reconnected them, but this also made no difference in the performance.
Bottom line - this was not worth the money or time. I removed the Parrot and reconnected the factory stereo and everything about the factory stereo worked properly. Will not buy a Parrot product again.
Pros: Great feature set
Cons: Very poor quality - did not last.
Hook up easy, Easy to use, Looks great even in a Mercedes
Cons: In a 2002 CLK 320 the battery wire has no power, so you have to make a wire hook up for it , but it is easy to do cause the radio has a battery fuse right there close by that it took two mins. to do.
I had an older version of the Parrot in my older truck which was starting to act up. I purchased the MKi9200 because of the direction I got from the guy that sold me the first one. I was very happy at the upgrades that were made to this one compared to the older model. I have a newer Ford that has Sync in it and this was comparable to it. Clear sound coming from the speakers and people can hear what you are saying with out yelling.
Pros: Fairly inexpensive way to get hands free in an older vehicle that works well and is easy to use.
This thing is terrible. The sound is lousy. Its so low powered that even going through a bangin audio system you can just barely hear the caller on the other end. The interface had to be designed by monkeys. In fact monkeys could have done better, maybe it was hamsters. Yeah, definately hamsters . Half the time it pairs up and half the time you have to wrestle with it. Its also so slow to fire up that I can be block from home before it starts working.
It now lives in a junk drawer in my workshop, and there is a little dent in my dashboard from where it landed after I ripped it out and threw it in frustration.
Pros: It'd make a great revenge gift
Cons: It's sure to give you fits.
Don't do it! This product is a disaster. The instructions were really bad and I had to download and print them because Parrot "was saving paper!" The first one I received sort of worked for about 15 minutes, then the control and the unit seemed to part company. Cruthfield sent another one and it worked better, but it would get confused when the ignition was turned off and then on again, forgetting where it was. It would read off a USB memory stick but would only play 128kbps files. Many of my files are a higher resolution. The the unit would see the files but couldn't play them. There was a quality loss from the existing radio after the interface was installed. Then the system started loosing the left channel both in the radio and the interface. Hitting their blue box would restore the channel - for a while. The bluetooth phone worked fine. What a waste of time. I replaced it with a new radio that had bluetooth and a USB interface. It does everything it should as it should.
Pros: Can't thing of any
Cons: See the review.
After using a Motorola Roadster 2 (clips onto your visor) for about 4 months, I decided to check out the Bluetooth kits that attach to the car's stereo. I had so many complaints about my Roadster with not being able to hear and such. The MKi9200 has been amazing thus far. I've been able to make and receive calls with flawless quality. People can hear me and I can hear them.
Pros: The screen is excellent. You are able to add your own pictures to the background from your phone and I'm sure pc if it were connected to a usb. Call quality is amazing. It is a solid device.
Cons: None so far.
I bought this unit to replace a external visor mounted Bluetooth device that was not very efficient. I looked at what Crutchfield had to offer and liked the interface, screen and features of this unit. Officially the Parrot website states that this unit will not work in my car but the sales associate at Crutchfield assured me that this unit will fit with the Ford Adaptor. Installation was straight forward, I was fortunate because this vehicle has room in the dashboard area which allows for the added components. If your buying, make sure you allow for the Parrot connection box and the adaptors. Everything was straightforward and no cutting or splicing of wires was necessary. Initially the Parrot would not connect properly with my Windows Phone. After researching I found out that the software version of the Parrot was a bit dated and a newer version was available from the manufacturer complete with instructions. Once this was updated, the unit paired to my phone without any issues. One complaint I did have is the Parrot device will notify you of a message or email (in my case by playing my assigned ringtone) it will mute the music while that ringtone plays or even if your typing a message you will hear the clicks on your speakers. When the phone times off your music will then continue. Not sure if this is car stereo specific or not but sometimes annoying.
Pros: Love the fact that this unit will plug right in without cutting into the factory harness. Nice user interface and easy to setup device.
Cons: I have two phones Windows and Iphone. The Windows phone blocked this device from syncing contacts to it. The IPhone synced right up without prompting or asking for permission. Not sure if this is an issue for most but I would prefer an option before all my phone information transferred over. The adhesive backing on some of the components are not the strongest. I went with some Velcro which worked perfectly
Product is all that. Great item, and given that the Parrot "hijacks" your speakers away from the car radio amp, the sound was surprisingly good. I can't detect any difference between the car radio music sound and the sound through BlueTooth. 100% would recommend. But installation (if you are also a do-it-yourself guy/gal) was an issue. First, I highly. recommend the Crutchfield wiring harness. It is well worth the slight additional cost. Second, Crutchfield did not include its own tip sheet or installation guide. What??? Isn't that a key reason to buy from Crutchfield??? Third, my first call to Crutchfield Tech Support resulted in an installation sheet being e-mailed to me. But it was so generic it was useless. Fourth, thanks to YouTube I was able to get really good instructions on taking apart the dash and installing the Parrot. Fifth, why doesn't Crutchfield include a wiring hook-up guide with the car-specific wiring harness? So a second cal the Tech Support . . .
Pros: Great product, surprising good sound, at a fair price from a reputable company. Tech Support was most helpful, with minimum wait times. 100% recommend this product as long as a wiring harness is available for your make/model car.
Cons: Installation is not intuitive for a DIY guy / gal. Hey Crutchfield, why not include a detailed installation tip sheet with each purchase? Or have one available online for: disassembly of the dash, and hook-up of the wiring harness?
This Bluetooth is great. I had one in my company truck. Sense then I now had put it in my wife's Avalanche and my Dodge ram. Crutchfield is a fantastic company to do business with. I just ordered my 65" led tv from them.
Pros: The prices on everything is great. Very easy company to deal with
If you're intuitive, you can figure out the install. As for the device executing its features, it falls pretty flat. It has real issues when you have two paired devices in the vehicle at the same time. It cannot figure out which to make priority and when. Once you finally get the streaming music feature to work, it has real issues doing anything from another phone. And for some reason, when my any phone paired to it gets a message or email, it will pause the music for 5 seconds (without making a beep for message) and then resume. It does the same pause after every phone call and feature change. The biggest flaw is that you have to use the volume on the device only. Your radio inputs cannot be used for this... do not believe what they tell you... unless there is another adapter that I/they are completely unaware of, you cannot adjust the volume on this Bluetooth device using any other input that its own remote. this is highly frustrating when you are talking to someone and have to switch back and forth. All in all, the product has all the great features you want but little in the way of execution. For instance, your nav voice will come across the device on your radio. Nice right? But after the nav voice talks twice, for some reason it can no longer play the nav voice and it comes across very garbled. And yes, I've reset the device to factory settings multiple times. No dice.
Pros: screen is clear, if small. takes up little room on the outside but a lot of room inside your dash. voice clarity is solid while blocking out background noise.
Cons: install instructions were pathetic (even if they aren't really needed), execution of each feature is pretty weak, if you lose the remote you lose ALL functionality (no buttons on screen or other way to control), little individual setup options (set up is very basic and doesn't explain what its own features mean/do).
The unit does not acknowledge my iPod when I connect it. The AUX jack is similarly non-function out of the box. When I play music from a USB device, it seems to lock on to it. I usually give up on trying to use a different function again until I can power cycle it by turning off the car. Having the marginally useful and incomplete instructions online only (as opposed to a paper user manual) makes it difficult to work through the non-intuitive interface while sitting in the car. There seems to be no plain, solid color background option for the display. The color picture backgrounds just make it hard to read text on the display. I'm working with Customer Service on getting a replacement unit but being ignored.
Pros: The hands-free phone feature works well enough.
Cons: The microphone makes the driver sound like under water. The iPod connector and AUX jack never worked.
Works exactly as advertised. Straight forward installation. Order the harness for your car.
Pros: Works well. Easy install.
Cons: The control strapped to the steering wheel gets in the way when steering so I occasionally end a call as the steering wheel slides through my hands.
Easy to install and works better than a factory radio with bluetooth. The live personal support is the best when I called to order the unit.
This is a great alternative for a car with a difficult to replace factory head unit. Call clarity is excellent. It can play from most any digital music source. If there is a negative at all, it is that you can't equalize the sound of music played through bluetooth from your phone, and it is very bass heavy. Still high quality sound, though.
Pros: Ease of use, call clarity, sound quality, flexability.
Cons: Inability to EQ the sound on bluetooth.
With the wiring kit I purchased with this product it was a simple plug and play installation. It flawlessly streams music from my phone and makes and receives calls with problem. It was a simple process to pair my phone.
Pros: Easy installation Works great
I don't usually review things I buy like this but as there is not a lot of info out there on exactly how this device interfaces with the car stereo I felt I had to do it as I was EXTREMELY disappointed.
I have a 2007 passat and was fed up with my USA spec iPod interface and wanted bluetooth phone interactivity so I looked around and after finding OEM head units were 1000$ plus decided just to do an aftermarket bluetooth device. I had high hopes for the Parrot. Here are my problems with the device:
1. the biggest problem is how it interacts with the factory stereo. it basically "steals" the speakers from it which means that when you stream music via blue tooth or through the ipod connection or SD card or line in or usb the volume and EQ controls on my VW's stereo are disabled. as a music geek this is extremely annoying and would have been a deal-breaker had I known this was the case. maybe I didn't do enough research but the guy who installed it said I could still use the volume knob on the dash and my steering wheel to control volume. not so. they make another steering wheel control adapter but I was told it interfered with the way the controls worked with the factory stereo and I believe them.
2. when the iphone in my pocket is linked via bluetooth, ANY use of the phone cuts the audio from my factory radio/cd player. even unlocking the screen to check the maps etc. very annoying. the music cuts out abruptly just so I can hear the "click" from my phone.
Pros: lots of features
Cons: very badly designed
How cool is this product, blue tooth turns on automatically and your ready to go when you hop in the car. The option to play music from your phone is a huge bonus. I recommend this product.
Install was easy with the correct harness. Everything worked right out of the box. Also took a gamble on an "open box", but to Crutchfield's credit, everything was there and everything worked.
Pros: Easy interface. Nice small non-intrusive remote, screen and microphones.
Cons: Voice recognition or microphone doesn't seem to understand voice commands. Not sure , but if I annunciate loudly and clearly, it sometimes gets it. I tried turning Microphone volume up, but not sure it helped.
This unit outperforms anything else I have tried. This unit sounds as good in my 2000 Tahoe as the Sync system in my 2012 Ford F350. Way better than ANY factory Toyota system I have heard. I think the Parrot system is easier to use with Apple products than others.
Pros: Works as good or better than a factory installed system.
Cons: Installation is not easy, plan on a several hour install. The company supplies minimal paper directions with the unit. Their website has the info but is too deep in the website making it tough to find. You Tube was very helpful.
Installation is not for the rookie installer, especially with the instructions from Parrot. REcommend to a newbie to get a professional installation. Probably will cost you 2 hours worth of labor.
The unit once installed is fantastic. As others have said, the microphone and sound people hear on the bluetooth phone connection is fantastic. The unit also has a setting to help if there are extraneious noise from like an open window or sunroof. Just fantastic.
Operating the unit through the small remote is mostly intuitive, and the sound quality is fantastic using bluetooth, sd card, and USB stick. The ipod connection is a great interface and still gives you great maneuverability to get the music you want from the Parrot menu system. Sound is phenominal as well. The 3.5mm stereo connection works well, but the sound quality is not on par with the other connection types, which is typical for any device using 3.5mm to deliver the music. It basically is pushing music through a speaker lead to be just played through another device, in this case the Parrot. Tolerable, but you are talking to audiophile guy. Anyhow you have so many other ways to listen with the USB, SD card, Bluetooth, and the Ipod interface.
Once installed you will be very happy with this product.
Pros: Great Sound, nice and compact, fantastic display screen, kit provides everything you need to install in a vehicle.
Cons: Poor installation instructions. Just watch a Youtube video bfore DIY. I did, and had no issues.
Hi all, I installed the Parrot MKI 9200 in my car a few days ago. It works great! I also have the new iphone 5 and it works great using blue-tooth. I noticed when using Siri, the voice control settings on the MKI 9200 must be set to use the phone's voice control and the microphone level adjusted to a higher level if Siri does not respond. This solved the slow response I was having from Siri the first few days. I realized Siri couldn't hear me. So I raised the microphone volume and that solved it for me. I get streaming album and track info but no album art. I hope that the next firmware update will include album art over blue-tooth streaming and a lightning jack cable is made available soon.
Pros: works and sounds great.
Cons: Sometimes remote is slow to respond.
Awesome product. Out of all the bluetooth hands-free products I have tried, this one is the best. It is very easy to use and was fairly simple to install. I would strongly recommend this kit.
Pros: crisp sound, very easy to use
Cons: It cuts the radio sound off when I receive an e-mail or text, then it takes a moment for the sound to come back.
I installed this is my 2005 Jaguar S-Type with a speciality adapter harness from quickharness.com and it was a breeze to install and works flawlessly. I would highly reccomend this for anyone that has a vehicle where replacing the deck is just not feasible.
Installed into a 2011 Nissan Altima with the special harness. Product is excellent. Works well and easy to control and operate. Great for Iphone and other phoned and terrific interconnectivity with an IPOD
Pros: Great for Iphone and other phoned and terrific interconnectivity with an IPOD.Worked excellently first time out after installation.
Cons: Not for the faint of heart to do self installation unless you really know what you are doing or have someone with hands on experience ( which I had).
Have a 2010 Honda Civic, replacing the factory radio with an aftermarket while doable would have been a long reach to the controls and I have long arms. The Parrot provided a great way to connect my Iphone and use it easily. I bought the installation as the installation process looked more complicated than I wanted to try. Abe at Crutchfield was really helpful. Only gripe is that the installer mounted the microphone to the windshield and it picks up road noise so I will have to move it.
Pros: Nice way to add Bluetooth to your car stereo.
Cons: Lots of menu options to explore, somewhat intuitive, but not well documented.
I first learned about Parrot via Popular Mechanics about a little over a year ago. I drive alot for my job, service work, and need to be able to connect to my customers on the go without endangering myself or other drivers. Not to mention, some places, it's illegal to talk on cell phones while driving. I purchased the MKi9200 kit along with the factory wiring harness for my 2007 Chevrolet Uplander. I installed myself, which wasn't bad since Crutchfield provided the schematics to help disassembly my factory car stereo. The only problem was finding power for the unit. I tapped into the fan blower DC power for a source (worked great). The unit worked great! Call quality was great, my customers couldn't tell if I was using a hands free device and sounded as if I was talking with the phone up to my ear. The noise cancellation also works, road noise cut dramatically. I have a few minuses about this product, otherwise I would have gave it 5 stars. First, the wireless controller is flimsly. I mounted it on my steering wheel and everytime I accidentally hit it, it wanted to come apart. The controller is flimsly and needs to be improved, perhaps one solid piece instead of what looks like a snapped together device. I have had the device lock up on me a few times. However, cycling power reset it and it worked great. Overall, I am pleased with the product and recommend it to anyone looking to get a hands free kit.
Pros: Great call clarity, noise suppression works. Boom microphone is great! Voice recognition works great with phone book. Streams music great! With a factory radio no sound problems as with a higher end system.
Cons: Wireless controller flimsy. Voice recogniition works only with phone book names. You cannot say "call XXX-XXX-1234" it doesn't recognize numbers only phone book names. Bluetooth sometimes doesn't sync music and you must use menu to recognize bluetooth for music.
This is the worst hands free, bluetooth, electronic product for your car. I got it as a gift from my wife for Christmas and I was provided the name of an "authorized" installer who gouged me for $290.00 to install this already overpriced piece of junk, and I am still not sure they installed it correctly. Everyone that calls me complains that they can't hear me so I end up dangerously juggling my phone or pulling over to deactivate the system. It is constantly locking up my iphone, locking up my radio or cd player, and the remote answer knob on the steering wheel works only half the time and the sound is terrible. I really wish I could get our money back. We will never by a Parrrot product, I am at a loss as to how anyone can market such a huge piece of junk. Shame on you Crutchfield for reccomending this item to my wife.
Cons: Locks up, poor reception and sound quality, controls fuction half the time, no users manual of instructions.Crutchfield response on June 13, 2012 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Great product no need to change radio to get bluetooth. This product offers bluetooth and much more and you can keep the orginal look of you car or truck.
Pros: Can keep orginal look of or car or truck.Bluetooth and much more features are included.
Cons: When getting open box item the battery for the controler should be replaced with a new one. I needed to replace the one that came with the open box I got after a week.
Installation with the custom wiring harness was a breeze, setup was also clear and easy. Screen is excellent. Unit worked fabulously well for about 18 months, then began to lock up, auto power down, fail to power up, etc. Link-up to my Droid X phone began to throw the unit into a tailspin. Software updates made the problems worse. Ultimately had to replace the unit in less than two years. The price of this unit per year to have blue tooth and iPod connectivity is a little steep. In this day and age electronics really should last more than 18 months in regular service. If an 18-month replacement cycle fits into your budget, buy this unit. If not, look elsewhere.
Pros: When it works, it's fabulous.
Cons: Died in less than two years. Parrot didn't stand behind the unit
here is something they don't tell you, this thing overrides your existing radio/amplifier so when you listen to your ipod you will likely loose significant power. In my case the factory stereo in my car is a decent HK stereo, and when using the Parrot the max volume is 50%, literally, of the factory unity. So if you plan to use this for music as much as for phone, and you like to listen to your music at more than half volume then look for another system.
I bought this because it looked like a great alternative to the add-on Bluetooth that was available through my local Honda dealer for about $500. I was a little skeptical, but it works great. I will admit that if the reason you are purchasing is to listen to your mp3 player through the speakers, you may be let down. If you are buying it to have hands free phone conversations, you will be very pleased. One of the things I wanted was something that cut off the stereo when a call came in, and that feature works flawlessly. The voice recognition works great as well.
I am absolutely delighted - it's made my commute a pleasure. Love my audiobooks through my android phone to my car stereo. Great purchase - wonderful equipment.
It's just OK. It is a pain to cycle through music. It doesn't remember where you left off. The system locks up frequently requiring it to re-boot. Updates are not real easy. You have to use a USB and transfer files from your computer then to the Parrot. It gets confused handling multiple calls, call waiting, etc.
Bottom line, I wouldn't get another one for my other car.
I bought both the MKI9200 Parrot and the Crutchfield wiring harness for my Toyota Highlander. I scratched my head a bit about how to do this, but when I took a look at the connectors provided, there was only one way to put it together and it worked perfectly - the first time. Thank goodness for Crutchfield's expertise and cabling! While the device is great, it would have been a nasty install without the flawless connection.
I used to use the small ear devices for bluetooth. I hate the way they look and feel. I found myself not using it. I then researched factory bluetooth options for my 08 GMC. My dad has a truck similar with the bluetooth. I just thought the quality of the calls were a little poor. After reading about the MKi with the double mic I thought I would give it a try. I would never go back now! The clarity of this is excellent on both ends. The remote is also an excellent idea. Instead of reaching for the radio to turn the volume down you just use the remote. I also love the USB port for music. EXCELLENT!!!
I ordered the harness with the parrot, set it up on the kitchen table. Would have been nice if the harness had instructions but I figured it out using common sense. The install was easy once i got the existing radio out and it would have been nice if a trim removal tool was included with the harness or at least offered. I cut into the plastic dash to remove a section hidden by the trim for the display wire. The only issue was running the microphone to the rear view mirror so it would not be ugly. I decided to mount it on the dash in front of the driver and the wire runs out of site in the instrument panel area. It works great, great product..
This is a nice little unit and integrated well into my RAM 1500 quad cab. There are a lot of positive feature reviews so I won't repeat what most people already say, but I want to talk about the functionality that I did not understand before purchasing.
1.) Loss of tone control - The built-in balance, bass, and treble controls are bypassed - it's OK because the Parrot has an EQ setting and sound control features, but it's not as convenient as grabbing the knob and turning.
2.) iPhone is a software device - be vigilant with Parrot software updates. I find it's best to not be an early adopter of the iPhone software releases until Parrot has had some time to release patches to their ROM for the new iOS versions. Most recently, the 4.1 iOS update had my Parrot 9200 power-cycling about every 2 minutes. I thought at first that I had a loose wire, but the Parrot power-cycled even with the car parked, until I took my iPhone out of range, then all was quiet. After applying the 1.62 ROM all my problems went away.
Don't get me wrong. I love this thing, but it's definitely not "set it and forget it."
This is one of the best aftermarket devices I have ever used. The interface is perfect. The voice dial functions and address book synchronization work great. A2DP streamed audio flawlessly from my Android-based HTC Evo phone.
iPod interface is a bonus above the bluetooth features. Displays album art while listening and you can browse your iPod from the display.
One feature of this unit that shows how refined the design is, if you turn off your car while on a call, the unit will stay on, prompting you to transfer the call to your phone, or it will stay on until you hang up the call. I've seen no other BT device offer this feature (and it is really useful.)
If you have a car that is set up like mine ( 2008 Saab 9-3 sedan ) where you cannot change out the factory radio because it also controls chimes, trip computers, etc and you want Bluetooth and access to iPods and MP3 players, THIS IS THE ANSWER. Initially I bought the MKi9100 but I found the display was too small and too dim to be usable. I was very disappointed and returned it for this model, the MKi9200. The LCD display on this model is very readable and a lot more useful than the 9100. Definitely spend the extra $$$ to get the 9200 as it is well worth it. I am completely satisfied with the display, the Bluetooth and MP3 connections and the sound quality of this unit. The MKi9200 Rocks and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who needs add on Bluetooth and MP3 capability to their factory car stereo.
ordered this along with t-harness for toyota & trim removal tools. removed a stock 6-disc radio & an already installed aftermarket (disappointing) handsfree
bluetooth/ipod kit - not from parrot. total time for removal & install about 3 hours. t-harness made it so simple. no cutting/splicing.
using iphone 3G & an ipod classic. it sounds great & does what its supposed to do. so far have only made a few calls but everyone says i sound clear and hear no echo like with previous kit. making & receiving calls couldn't be easier. can't wait for my next road trip!
Bought the parrot MKI9200 a few weeks ago. Installation was quite simple with the bluetooth cable I bought seperate. It took me a little over two hours to install. The sound is clear during a call. There's no feed back at all. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a great handsfree device for their vehicle.
I had limited experience with installing a car radio/ add on. After speaking with your sales department I was encouraged to install this unit myself. My vehicle needed a wiring harness which made the installation very easy. I called your techical department twice just to make sure I was doing it right. They were very helpful and patient with my concerns. The installation took me about 3 hours. I am still learning all of the functions of this unit but I am pleased with it so far. It's just what I needed. I have even encouraged friends to get one and will help with their installation.
We installed this in my wife's 04 Suburban so she would be able to safely talk on the phone while driving. We were pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of phone calls. We were even more surprised by the sound quality of music played through this unit from my iPhone 3G (using the ipod connector), and her Blackberry 8300 (using the line-in connector.) SUPERB SOUND!!! My wife says the music sounds better than radio or satellite radio or cd; I agree with her.
The install took me 5 hours and was not for the feint of heart. I have done several car audio installs and had all of the necessary tools. I also bought an amplified harness (an extra $150) to help me and ensure all functions were enabled. Our Suburban has the premium Bose system and required a tougher install. If you are not ABSOLUTELY sure that you know what you are doing then get a professional to install this. I will buy these units for every vehicle I own form here on out! Awesome item!
The Parrot is a superb unit with many useful features. Installation is very easy with the purchase of custom cables. The Parrot is easy to set up with the useful menus.
A previous review stated that the provided adhesive for the display module was not useful. That is my experience also but is easily resolved with a purchase of 3M two-sided foam tape.
The greatest source of frustration is from cell telephone manufacturers who simply don't want to provide support beyond their own case. It would be very nice if Parrot would provide information on other Bluetooth devices and their interaction with them.
I would definitely reccommend the Parrot '9200 to anyone considering the purchase of a solid telephone interface.
Using with IPhone 3GS. Hands free phone worked very well from beginning. Had trouble with Ipod staying muted. Upgraded to latest IPhone and Parrot firmware with resolution of problem most of the time. Still have muting problems occassionally. Seems to resolve with disconnecting then reconnecting IPhone cable. Instructions for updating Parrot were not clear. Can not connect Parrot directly to PC. Have to download upgrade from PC to flash memory stick then connect memory stick to Parrot USB cable.
I was looking for a bluetooth hands free unit and iPod/iPhone integration. I looked at the Alpine product but did not like the fact that it does not work with the iPhone 3G. Also, you must have an aux-in to have acceptable sound. I bought the Parrot MKi9200 and installed it myself. This was very easy since I bought adapters.
Overall the product performs well, I was surprised by the sound quality since the blue box that houses the electronics and amp is so small and light...
The display is easy to place anywhere but the tape that is supplied to stick it does not last longer than a few days. The cable holds it in place so it is not a big issue for me but it can be if the display does not rest on a surface.
Somehow my iPhone 3G does not charge nor connects using the cable. Bluetooth works fine and the sound quality of incoming and outgoing calls is very good.
I will try to download latest software to fix the iPhone 3G issue.
Also at times the iPod I connected starts playing the first track on the iPod instead of starting where it left off.
Apart from the issues mentioned above I am satisfied with the unit but I expect Parrot to work on those glitches.
I was looking for something that could add bluetooth and ipod integration for my 3g iPhone. I did not want to hassle with installing a new deck because my stock one works just fine. I have a Mazda 3 with stock sirius and bose installed. Unfortunately for me, that meant that I could not add anything else... until parrot came out with the MKi9200. This thing addressed all of my issues with minimal hassle. It works. My calls sound great and the iPhone plays music right through my stock stereo. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars except for some minor issues. Issue one: sometimes my iphone 3g does not recognize when it is connected to the dock connector. It happens rarely, and generally all I need to do is disconnect and reconnect. However on rare occasions I have to disconnect the Parrot head unit to restart it. This is minor, but annoying when it happens. Issue 2: because this is a pass through device, it works independently of my car stereo. That means that the volume is controlled by the parrot remote, and not my car stereo volume. You get used to it, but it is a second control. Lastly issue 3: if you want to listen to your radio and not the device connected to this sucker, then you have to pause it so that it knows to un-mute your stereo. Again no big deal, but it takes getting used to.
Issues aside, this thing really does answer all my needs. It works great, and will only get better with Parrots firmware updates. They have a winner with this product.
Overview: The Parrot MKi9200 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 MKi9200 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 MKi9200 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; as well as an SD-card slot integrated into the kit's control screen. Installed in your vehicle, the MKi9200 provides advanced hands-free performance and control of your Bluetooth enabled cell-phone or portable digital music player. The Parrot MKi9200 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 MKi9200 supports the following Bluetooth v2.0 profiles.
Bluetooth Phone And Device Compatibility: The Parrot MKi9200 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 MKi9200.
Vehicle Integration Compatibility: The Parrot MKi9200 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 MKi9200 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 MKi9200 can also be hardwired, but inexperienced installers may have difficulty.
Hide-Away Box: The MKi9200 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.
Control Screen With SD-Card Slot: The MKi9200 features a color TFT 2.4" dot matrix OLED control screen with a 5-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 screen of the MKi9200 also features a SD-card slot to easily access up to 32GB of music. The control screen comes with an adjustable, self-adhesive mounting bracket and soft carrying pouch.
Wireless RF Remote Control: The Parrot MKi9200 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 can control the MKi9200 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 MKi9200 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 MKi9200 automatically mutes your car stereo and the caller's voice comes through your vehicle's speakers.
Voice Recognition: The MKi9200 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 MKi9200 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 MKi9200 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 MKi9200 allows you to upload your phonebook from your Bluetooth enabled phone. Each time you add a contact name, the MKi9200 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 MKi9200 can support up to 8,000 total contacts (1,500 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 MKi9200'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; or SD-card slot. The MKi9200 connects to any Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) source such as MP3 players, musicphone, smartphones, or PDAs. The MKi9200 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). In addition, the MKi9200 features a SD-card slot to access up to 32GB of music. The MKi9200 allows basic playback functions (Play/Pause/Fast Forward/Rewind/Skip/Previous) of your connected Bluetooth device, iPod, USB audio device or SD-card. The MKi9200 displays the playlist of your connected Bluetooth device, iPod, and USB audio device, as well as an inserted SD-card. 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 with dock connection for audio playback and control, as well as charging. It does not offer video/photo transfer. The MKi9200's display and control functions are not supported through the unit's 3.5mm input.
Built-In Digital Amplifier: The MKi9200 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 MKi9200's remote control.
Software Updates: The software in the MKi9200 can be updated from the Parrot website via a USB or Bluetooth connection.
Hideaway Box: Width = 5.355", Height = 0.875", Depth = 4.085"
Control Screen: Width = 2.835", Height = 2.235", Depth = 0.475"
RF Remote: Width = 2.055", Height = 1.425", Depth = 1.025"
Dual Microphone: Width = 2.415", Height = 1.145", Depth = 0.855"
Crutchfield experts Ken and Ralph discuss Parrot Bluetooth car kits. Parrot kits make it easy to add wireless connectivity to any car and on any budget. From simple hands-free calling, to playing...
I have a Parrot in another car. Great product. [ Ken Feb 05, 2016 ]
Without A remote you really can't do much of anything...I would advise purchasing a remote for it. [ BRIAN Aug 26, 2015 ]
You may need to buy a replacement remote, otherwise there's no way that I'm aware of to control the settings. [ ANISA G Aug 25, 2015 ]
I don't believe the MKi9200 will function without he remote. [ Ralph Aug 25, 2015 ]
Have you turned up the volume on the phone and possibly also within the music app itself? I've found that sometimes there are few different sources for volume control that can cancel each other out... [ ANISA G Aug 25, 2015 ]
The knob on the remote control (usually attached to the steering wheel) controls the volume. Make sure not to press down on the knob, because that is a different function. [ CHARLES P Jan 12, 2015 ]
Our volume is good. We installed in a Honda CR-V. I just used the adapter for the CR-V. The only issue I have had was the place I had installed the mic was bad. One of the vents was blowing air on it. [ Richard Jan 12, 2015 ]
Yes and no, depends on how you have what connected. The "yes" way is simple, have your iPod connected to the iPod connector and have the iPhone paired via Bluetooth. When you play Music, it can be from your iPod but when a call comes in the Parrot device is smart nought to momentarily switch. So far this has been a pretty good unit, installed in Honda Accord 2005 [ Casey Aug 20, 2014 ]
Thanks to everybody who replied. I am confident in this purchase. Alan [ ty1911 Aug 20, 2014 ]
pretty sure that would work just fine...it would just be a different input that is 'interrupted' when a call comes in (i.e., aux vs. radio)...what I'm not sure of, however, is how this would work if both units were connected via bluetooth...would assume it would be fine as the parrot would route the call to whatever device you designated as 'phone' during initial pairing...if there are issues, you could always just connect your ipod using a usb cable...we don't use the usb on the parrot as my wife's vehicle came with a usb port on factory sound system...great little unit...good luck! [ MATT Aug 19, 2014 ]
Yes, I do that all the time. I have my Ipod in my truck all the time connect through the provided hardwire cable and use it for music playback, my iphone automatically connects when I enter the truck through Bluetooth and when a call comes in it shuts off the Ipod feed and lets me answer the phone call. Hope this helps, Dan [ Daniel Aug 19, 2014 ]
Not sure. I set this up for my daughter and she uses ipod for music and android for calls. It works like you described for that setup. [ PATRICK Aug 19, 2014 ]
I can do this with 2 phones, so I am assuming you could do the same with an iPod and iPhone. I can be listening to music on one phone and answer calls on both. [ ERIC Aug 19, 2014 ]
I believe you can. I keep an ipod permanently connected and use a separate phone for calls and occasional blue tooth music. [ MARK Aug 19, 2014 ]
You should be able to. I have not made / received a call while using a connected ipod. But I have while using the USB and AUX inputs. Whenever your iphone is connected to the Parrot it will push the call to the speakers and microphone. Same goes for using the parrot to make calls while connected to the AUX or USB. I assume this would be the same for the iPod. [ ANDREW Aug 19, 2014 ]
Yes it does, it has a "transfer to phone" option. [ ERIK M Aug 01, 2014 ]
If you want to use it privately, you will need to have your phone against your ear anyway. So, you would just press the Source button on your phone to change from Bluetooth to "regular" phone mode. There is not a function, per se, on the parrot that I'm aware of since, again, you'd need to have your phone in hand anyway. Hope this helps. [ Ralph Aug 01, 2014 ]
You can mute the microphone so caller cannot hear anyone in your car but that is about it. Just like mute on a cell phone. [ JAMES G Aug 01, 2014 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Feb 10, 2014 ] Staff
For details on fit or 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. [ Krissy Jan 21, 2014 ] Staff
I would recommend contacting Parrot directly. You can find the support page for this product here: http://www.parrot.com/usa/support/parrot-mki9200 [ Jeff Jan 07, 2014 ] Staff