Car kit for Bluetooth® cell phones
Our take on the Parrot MKi9100 by Crutchfield's Dominic DeVito
Bluetooth for hands-free calling through your car stereo
Parrot's MKi9100 Bluetooth car kit combines easy hands-free operation of your compatible phone or device — such as the iPhone®, 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. We carry cell phone kit harnesses that allow plug-in connection of Parrot's Bluetooth car kits in a wide variety of vehicles.
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.
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.
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 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.
Time-saving connections for your car
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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
What's in the Box:
- 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
I love Bluetooth in the car, but who had it '98? No one! This makes it easy to get great sound in any vehicle. I am able to keep my factory system, which is quite good, and add additional sources as well as hands free through my iPhone.
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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.
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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Why did you buy this?
I was looking for a Bluetooth car kit. I searched internet back and forth from Amazon and Google, different sites comparing prices, consumer reviews, and quality. Ordered one item from Amazon and had to ship it back, it had been opened and packaging was ripped. Plus it was not excaclty what I was looking for. I was relieved when I found Crutchfield. The website is user friendly and provided a phone number to call. I talked with Cam. He was amazing in helping me find exactly what I needed. [ Sonya Dec 12, 2017 ]
Installed this same model on my 2001 Durango. Works great, easy to install, and connects to most cell phones quickly! [ MATTHEW T Mar 16, 2016 ]
hands free in auto [ Mark Feb 01, 2016 ]
5 questions already asked
Greetings Andrew, The Mk9100 kit arrived and was plug and play. I was uncertain of some of the connections and the Crutchfield tech line helped me sort it out. Works great to date.. [ STEVEN M Apr 16, 2016 ]
Sorry, I don't know I installed the 9100 only, there was no upgrade involved. [ EDDIE F Apr 14, 2016 ]
I started with mk9100 used the custom harness. Like falling asleep easy easy easy. [ Vincent Apr 14, 2016 ]
I did exactly the same thing upgrading to the mk9100 from the ck3100. If you order the wire harness adapter its was a simple drop in replacement. Big improvements over the ck3100 with my iPhone 6s syncing everything, audio books, music and phone of course. With the built in amp the phone volume is much clearer 2004 ford super duty. [ Larry Apr 14, 2016 ]
any Bluetooth phone will connect, but some of them may not be compatible with the voice dial feature. The 9200 is basically the same but a larger color screen. [ LISA Aug 03, 2015 ]
Hello Keith, I have only used my parrot with an iPhone. It works beautifully with that. I know it was designed with the Apple i products in mind, but It should be compatible with any blue tooth enabled phone however, I can only speak to the iPhone. [ PETER P Jul 31, 2015 ]
Bluetooth is an industry standard and any phone which supports Bluetooth will be compatible. [ Christopher Jul 31, 2015 ]
I have used a galaxy s 4 and galaxy note 3. I would check with manufacturer. [ MICHAEL S Jul 31, 2015 ]
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 if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Jul 31, 2015 ] Staff
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 ]
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 Jan 19, 2014 ] Staff