Bluetooth for Car Audio
National Auto Sound & Security carries in-dash car stereo receivers and in-dash video/navigation decks from Alpine, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer & Clarion that have bluetooth built in for both hands free cell phone use and streaming audio use ( getting my music from my cell phone to play on my car stereo). Stop by anytime. No appointment necessary. Bluetooth car audio is on display and we’ll install it today.
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a short range wireless communications format that enables devices such as Bluetooth equipped cell phones and car stereos to talk with each other. The devices will automatically recognize each other after they have been “paired” or set up. This requires a car receiver with either Bluetooth built in or an additional Bluetooth adapter added. When you get into your vehicle, the car receiver with Bluetooth will automatically see and recognize your phone as long as it is turned on. It can still be in your pocket or purse. When a call comes in, it rings over the car stereo speakers. You answer by pressing a button on the screen or Bluetooth device. You can hear the caller through the vehicle speakers. You talk and your voice is picked up by the Bluetooth microphone. You do not need to touch your phone. The caller i.d. information appears across the radio screen. You can make calls hands-free through voice recognition as long as your phone supports this feature. Just say the name and your phone will automatically dial. Any music playing will be muted so you can hear the caller through the car speakers and the caller can hear you just by your normal talking.
Some of the Bluetooth Car Audio Receivers on display now at National Auto Sound & Security:
Kenwood KDC-X997 Pioneer Deh-X9500BHS Alpine CDE-HD149BT
Also, Bluetooth offers a hands free, no cables, music transfer protocal, called Streaming Audio, that will automatically send your music to your car radio from your Smart Phone, cell phone or Mp3 player, so you can listen to your music in your car through your car speakers without connecting any cables! Your phone or Mp3 player is recognized by your car radio automatically when you enter the vehicle and as long as your car stereo has the audio streaming protocol built-in, you have the option of instructing your car radio to receive your music to listen to, just like deciding to play a CD or listen to a radio station. We can demonstrate this for you in our store using your phone and one of the streaming audio Bluetooth car stereos we have on display.
Will Bluetooth work with any radio or any cell phone? The Bluetooth format for hands free phone use in your vehicle requires two things:
1. A Bluetooth equipped cell phone, which mos are &
2. A car radio with bluetooth reception capability built-in that will pair to your cell phone. Many newer car stereos we sell today have this feature built-in and are on display in our store in every brand. For other car stereos that are “Bluetooth ready” the optional manufacturer’s Bluetooth adapter must be added.
For phone calls, your radio display now functions similar to the cell phone screen, showing phone number, caller i.d. info, and in some cases text messages.
For factory or original equipment radios, an aftermarket Bluetooth kit can be added. These vary a lot in price and functionality. The most deluxe kits require professional installation which we can provide. These Bluetooth car kits will completely interface with your existing factory system to mute the car speakers when a call comes in and also allow you to make calls hands-free with voice commands as long as your cell phone supports these features. The visual information – text messages, caller i.d. and phone number – appear on a separate small display installed on the dash in the vehicle.
1. If your car stereo has the bluetooth streaming audio protocol built-in and your music is on your cell phone and your phone has bluetooth, there is nothing more you need to do. You’re done.
2. If you have a car radio with no bluetooth, but your radio has an auxiliary audio input, you must either purchase an aftermarket Bluetooth transmitter and receiver kit (available on line) or replace your radio with one that has bluetooth built in. You can then listen to your music on your car speakers without having to connect any cables between the radio and your music source. If you have Pandora Radio or similar on your smart ph0ne, you can stream this audio into your car stereo.
3. If your car radio does not have an auxiliary input, it may be just as cheap to change out your car radio for a new one with input capabilities, rather than buy the expensive Bluetooth adapters that need professional installation. Check with us, we can help advise you based on your car and your radio.