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Alpine DCS-BT1 Bluetooth Hands-Free Speaker

Talk hands-free in your car with a compatible phone

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Our take on the Alpine DCS-BT1 Bluetooth Hands-Free Speaker

by Zak Billmeier
Alpine

Talk hands-free in your car with this handy little device — just attach Alpine's DCS-BT1 Bluetooth module to your visor with its included clip, pair your compatible phone, and you're good to go. Plus, its design allows you to take it from car to car, great if you're driving a rental.

Easy, one-button operation
When a call comes in, you'll hear the caller's number announced. Tap the large button to answer, and you'll hear your caller through the DCS-BT1's built-in speaker. When mounted on the visor directly in front of you, the device's omnidirectional microphone zeroes in on your voice so your caller can hear you loud and clear. When you're done, just tap the button again to end the call. Turn the knob right or left to adjust the volume — Alpine's single-button design means you can make calls while keeping your eyes on the road.

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Other useful features
You can stream music to the DCS-BT1 if your phone supports it — just double-tap the button to pause and play your streaming tunes. The DCS-BT1 can even announce your phone's navigation voice prompts if applicable. No matter how you use it, the DCS-BT1's battery can keep up: you'll get about 400 hours of standby time and 14 hours of talk time on a single charge. When it runs down, just pop in the included cigarette lighter adapter to recharge.

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

Highlights:

  • portable hands-free Bluetooth speakerphone kit
  • car charger and visor clip included
  • compatible with most Bluetooth phones
  • can read navigation voice prompts if your phone supports it
  • streams music if your phone supports it
  • omnidirectional microphone with noise reduction and echo cancellation technology
  • built-in speaker
  • battery: 400 hours standby, 14 hours talk time
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth module (with built-in speaker/microphone and visor-clip)
  • Cigarette lighter/12-volt adapter (5V/500mA)
  • 39" USB cable (with a USB type-A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on other end)
  • Instruction Booklet (Eng/Fre)

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Features

Overview: The Alpine DCS-BT1 is a stand-alone Bluetooth hands-free speaker and microphone for your vehicle. The Alpine DCS-BT1 supports Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR) and provides hands-free communication and audio streaming from your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone (up to 33'). The DCS-BT1 can be easily clipped onto your sunvisor in the vehicle. A versatile one-touch button is all you need to answer/end your calls.

Pairing: You will need to pair the Alpine DCS-BT1 to your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone. After pairing, the DCS-BT1 connects automatically to your cell phone.

Note: The Alpine DCS-BT1 may not be compatible with all Bluetooth enabled cell phones.

Bluetooth Hands-Free Communication: The Alpine DCS-BT1 supports Bluetooth Headset/Hands-free profiles. The DCS-BT1 lets you make and receive calls from your Bluetooth enabled cell phone. During an incoming call, you will hear the voice prompt, "Call from 555-555-5555" or Caller ID (if applicable). Simply press the Activity button to answer or end your call. You can also make outgoing calls using the voice-dial function (if supported by your cell phone) or using the last number redial function. In addition, the DCS-BT1 supports Call Waiting, which allows you to answer a second call without hanging up the first call.

Note: If your Bluetooth enabled cell phone does not support "voice-dial" and you are not redialing the last number called, you will need to dial out using they keypad on your cell phone, before it automatically transfers the call to the DSC-BT1.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Alpine DCS-BT1 supports Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP profiles. The DCS-BT1 can be used to stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled cell phone for music playback. With a simple double-click of the Activity button, you can play and pause the music from your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone.

Navigation Prompts: The DCS-BT1 can also announce navigation guidance prompts from your Bluetooth enabled phone. This means no more trying to listen to navigation prompts from the phone's tiny speaker (feature must be supported by your cell phone).

Omnidirectional Microphone and Built-in Loudspeaker: Its unique omnidirectional microphone and loudspeaker design ensures reliable sound quality, even if the unit is clipped to your visor with the visor turned up.

One-Touch Activity Button: The Alpine DCS-BT1 features an easy-to-use, one-touch Activity button. This button is used for pairing up with your cell phone, answer and end calls, and power on and off.

Volume Control: Just a simple twist of the unit's rotary knob allows you to control the volume. Easy as clockwise for volume up, counter-clockwise for volume down.

Sun Visor Clip: The Alpine DCS-BT1 features a removable clip that can be attached to the sun visor of your vehicle.

Multilingual Support: The Alpine DCS-BT1 supports 10 languages - UK English, US English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian.

Rechargeable Battery: The Alpine DSC-BT1 features an integrated rechargeable battery which can be recharged with the included cigarette lighter adapter. You can get up to 400 hours of standby time, and 14 hours of talk time. A voice prompt will conveniently alert you when the battery is low, to remind you to charge your battery.

Note: You must charge the battery fully (3-hours) before initial use.

Auto Shut-Off: If the paired phone device is out of range for 30 minutes or longer, the DCS-BT1 shuts off automatically after about a half hour of inactivity.

 
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5 out of 5

Alpine DCS-BT1 Bluetooth Hands-Free Speaker

Written By Bill, Covina, CA on Friday, May 20, 2011
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I bought this for my wife. She has had it for only a couple of weeks but so far so good. When she calls me from her car the sound quality is very good, it is almost like she is holding the phone normally and she says that the sound quality coming from the unit is also very good. The unit is easy to use, one button operation, and it is nice having the blue indicator light that lets you know when it is on. I would definately buy another one, it is alot better than having that earpiece stuck in your ear.
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5 out of 5

great

Written By awyre, md on Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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I did not want to upgrade my HU from factory. I installed this unit on my
sunvisor and now I have no problems with talking more than a few mins when
driving. I can take business calls easily and hear them clearly. They have also
reported that they can hear me perfectly, even better than with an earpiece
bluetooth. Worth every penny.
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4 out of 5

Alpine DCS-BT1 Bluetooth Hands-Free Speaker

Written By Mike, Chicago on Saturday, February 05, 2011
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I purchased this unit for my wife b/c she does not like the smaller units or ear
pieces. The first unit was defective, Crutchfield replaced it immediately. The
sync with the iPhone 3GS is simple, the sync with the iPhone 4 is also simple,
the sound quality is ok and based on my experience better than most blue tooth
units, the unit is large enough to avoid it from being a distraction while
driving, and most importantly my wife likes it and uses it while driving. The
only complaint i have about the unit is the flimsy wire connector for your
visor. It pops off from the unit b/c my wife's visor on the MDX is thicker than
most. I have since rectified it by using superglue to keep the wire from popping
off the unit.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Alpine DCS-BT1 Bluetooth Hands-Free Speaker

Written By Michael, Halifax, MA on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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I purchased 2 units of the this product as gifts and they seem to fit the bill perfectly. Both units are being used by my 2 sons in Los Angeles and they seem to work very well in busy traffic areas. The microphone is omnidirectional and sensitive enough that you can pick up subtle conversations by all in the vehicle. I am told that the speaker performs very well also.
Good buy on my part!
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