• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with iPhone 5S but not iPod 7th generation!

    I have an '08 Volvo without bluetooth and adding this allows me to connect to my 5S without having to connect a thing. Audio for my calls through my car speakers works okay and clear on my end, even though I get a few complaints here and there. I try never to answer my phone while driving though. Connecting to my music through the iPhone 5S produces excellent quality!

    And so, I thought I would just use this Belkin Aircast Bluetooth to use with my new iPod Nano 7th generation, and just leave that in my center console rather than use my iPhone. Big mistake. This will NOT connect. It just does not see it, no matter how I've tried to connect it. I've disabled bluetooth on the iPhone because I read that it can only use one device at a time. Still will not connect.

    I called Belkin tech support and they all must read from a script, even the higher-level techs. They advertise this device as working BLUETOOTH with all iPods except the 7th generation. I told them it's impossible because this is the only iPod with bluetooth. They just didn't get it! I can definitely use the Belkin adapter of course hooking up an AUX cable from the headphone jack, but that kind of defeated the purpose of this.
    I got a letter this morning that said they will correct their information on their website.

    Just wondering if anyone using this bluetooth adapter did get it to recognize the Ipod Nano 7th G.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Bluetooth solution under $100 for a car!

    Installation is simple and product is easy to use.
    Audio quality is good. Better than an FM transmitter, equal to or slightly lower quality than a wired auxiliary connection, but obviously not as good as a factory installed solution.
    Call quality is decent, but placement of the transmitter is key. Place it as close to your mouth as possible.
    It works with Siri, and Voice Control for older generation iPhones.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product, a little expensive

    Got this hooked up to the integrated head unit on a 2002 Citroen C5. I had to get a CD-autochanger to AUX in converter as the unit doesn't have an aux in. But once in the sound quality is terrific. Voice activation works great on an iPhone 3GS, but Siri on a 4S not so well. Still, as handsfree and streaming music it works perfectly.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the best handsfree call & music stream devices

    This device works great for me. It is very simple to use, does what I need it to do, and does not distract me away from driving my car. It works like this: I get into my car, press the button once to pair the Aircast to my iPhone, and it pairs up in 2 seconds. I then press the button again and my music starts streaming from my Pandora station right where it left off from my last trip... awesome! Calls come through clear with no complaints from the other caller, and the music quality is pretty good too. Some people think that double-clicking for skipping a song does not work, but it does in fact work. You just have to double-click the button like you are giving CPR or to the rhythm of the song "Stayin' Alive". I was nervous about the aux cord reaching from the power source to the jack, and I was relieved to find a aux extension cable in the box, so you don't need to worry about that. This device is probably better than a factory installed Bluetooth hands free calling system, because it is so simple to use. I would give it 5 stars if it consistently picked up my music immediately after pairing with my phone. For some reason it played immediately for me the first few times I used it, then it stopped... but pressing the button again is honestly not that difficult, and in some circumstances is much better than blasting your partner with the music from your last car ride. :-)

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic buy!

    After trying a $20 adapter from Monoprice for this purpose (which failed miserably), I bit the bullet and bought this for my '94 Accord (with an upgraded system). The sound quality is nearly flawless for music. Highs and lows come through great, but I feel like it's compressing a bit in the loud parts. Still, amazing sound.

    Quality in Voice Control is MUCH lower, but that's because Voice Control falls back to HSP/HFP Bluetooth profiles for this, and doesn't use A2DP. Voice quality was fine for me, and the device recognized my speech well. Voice Control can be used to specify an album, or ask the time, which are handy features.

    Voice Control DOES work by pushing the button for two seconds. Pushing longer will unpair the phone, so just push for two seconds and release, and it'll work.

    Bluetooth pairing is easy as can be... AND it remembers more than one device. I connected my iPhone and iPad (in that order), then took the iPad away from the car. Pushing the main button made it connect to the iPhone.

    Added features: included magnetic mount, and USB port for charging on the 12v plug.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feature set, questionable mic quality

    I'm a huge car-audio fan. I once ripped apart the dashboard to self-add an auxiliary jack to my Prius after finding instructions online.

    I've also tried several different car kits for my iPhone in the past, all over the dock connector to provide audio output and a charge at the same time. I picked this because it was the only product I could find that also provided the ability to place calls over the car speakers. I love AirCast based on simplicity of setup and feature set alone, but have two major complaints that prevented me from giving it five stars.

    1) When I listen to music, I skip the track a lot. The past car kits had remotes that made this easy, but AirCast has a single button and two-tap gesture to advance tracks. However, when I double tap advance, I instinctively do it a little too quickly, and thus it pauses the music. I've had to retrain myself to click slower in order for an advance to register.

    2) When dictating over Siri or placing a call, sometimes people complain about audio quality. Siri certainly gets a lot more of my dictation correct when using the built-in iPhone mic, so there's a little bit to be concerned about here.

    Overall, it's a great product. I've already recommended it to a few other people, but you should be weary if you need it a lot for dictation or if call audio quality is EXTREMELY important to you.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice product!

    It was simple to setup and pair to the 4S. The sound is crystal clear. I was using a cheap "Y" cable that had an audio out and USB connection, but the static was annoying. The AirCast is great because if I'm driving a short distance the phone can just stay in my pocket. Another nice thing is that with the auto play I don't have to take my gloves off on cold mornings to use the phone or start my music. Once I get the track skipping figured out I'll love it even more.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fine except skip back does not work

    Works fine. My only gripe is that the triple tap to skip back a song does not work. Unfortunately listening to a song again is the one thing we would really like to do.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with iPhone 4s except...

    Worked as advertised. The sound quality is great. As noted in other reviews, it takes bait of practice to get the right hold time to activate Siri, too short a time it justed pauses your music, to long and it disconnects from the phone. My biggest complaint is with Siri which is the only flaw keeping this from being a perfect solution. Siri comes out very low quality and a little distorted. Siri also is not able to understand very many commands from the Belkin microphone. It just becomes frustrating and I eventually gave up. But foramused this is a awesome solution.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I have been looking for!

    I have been searching forever for some kind of solution to be able to run my audio via Blue-Tooth through my aux jack. I have a 2007 VW Jetta Wolfsburg Edition and it has an AUX jack in the glove compartment which is handy and accessible, but I would rather not have to plug my phone it each time I get in the car. I searched everywhere - checked out every electronics boutique and there wasn't anything that didn't need a hack or mod that would work right out the box. I did find a blue-ant solution off of Amazon for like $40 but I should have known that was too good to be true. The sound was muffled and there was a low level feedback/distortion that would happen with any increase in RPMs (I guess for it to really work it needed to be "grounded" or something like that. I donno. The interwebs didn't help me figure it out and I'm no A/V specialist... so I gave up and went back to the manual jack.

    THEN. I picked up my new 4S and while I was waiting to check out I spotted this thing at the store. Its PERFECT. I use it primarily for music which sounds great. There is not any distortion that I can tell and it was really easy to set up/pair. I have taken calls on it and it is definitively usable, although people say I do sound a little distant but it still works well.

    It comes with a mic/receiver that is magnetically mounted (it has a little disc that sticks to your dash and then you stick the receiver to the disk - nice for easy removal) somewhere on your dash while the hard-wire connection goes to your power (which has a USB slot for a cable to charge your phone, nice add BTW) and then runs to your AUX jack. The receiver serves as a button for pairing, answering/ending calls, and theoretically changing songs.That where I might have a tiny little gripe with this little guy. The option to skip tot he next song through the receiver doesn't work with my iPhone 4S I wish that I could use that rather than having to change tracks manually on my phone. Maybe I'm not using it right or just have a fat finger effect on the button but it just doesn't work for me. It would also be nice if it could activate Siri through a "long press" of something like that... but hey, I just wanted it for music and it works great for that. So 4 estrellas!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Music sounds great. Siri, not so great.

    The ability to get into my car, leave my iPhone in my pocket and with the push of one button have my music or podcast start playing where it left off is great. The audio quality is fantastic for everything but Siri. Activating Siri takes a little bit of practice as you have to hold down the Aircast's button for about two seconds—hold it down for too short of a time and it just activates the play/pause, hold it down too long and it will unpair the device.

    The most frustrating part is that Siri has a very difficult time understanding what I am saying when using this device. Every time she talks it is loud and distorted-much louder than the rest of the audio that the iPhone is transmitting, and it seems like the mic they use either must not be very good, or there is some software bug that prevents Bluetooth mic from working well.

    Siri works well for me in the same setting if I am not connected over Bluetooth and instead rely on the iPhone's internal mic, or I use the mic on iPhone's included earbuds.

    I would hesitate before buying this again based on the difficulty of activating and using Siri. If you just care about using this for music and phone calls though, I would highly recommend it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy it if you need it, it is one of the best!

    I have a Lancer 2010 with (Rockford Fosgate 650W/DSP) sound system. Aircast works well.

    What I liked so far:
    - Easy to install
    - USB Charging port
    - Black wires (fits my black interiors)
    - Logical to use
    - Good Sound (BASS, and High Frequencies), I use iPhone 4 iOS5
    - ONE Small part, it doesn't need large space on the dashboard

    What I didn't like:
    - No (in-call) volume control (iPhone can't control voice volume)
    - The output sound signal is a little high (creaking sounds when increasing iPod volume)
    - Microphone performance can be improved
    - No (Next or Previous) controls with iPhone (must be done with iPhone controls)

    But, compared to the price you pay it is definitely worthy.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for the Prius (or any car without built in bluetooth)

    I bought this kit when I was looking for a way to prepare my car for the iPhone 4s and Siri Assistant. I drive a 2009 Toyota Prius, and it does not come with bluetooth connectivity standard. After reading reviews, I thought that this was the best option. The 2009 Prius has its aux port and a cigarette lighters in the center console, so I decided to place the wiring there. The cable was thin enough to pass through with the top of the center console closed. I mounted the receiver by the "park" button. From reading reviews, it seems the the placement of receiver determines how well the device works.

    The device works well at streaming music, and even at phone calls. People on the other side tell me that the quality is good, and even better than that of the Jawbone headsets I have owned in the past. Even my brother wants to buy one after hearing me in one phone call! The pairing process was easy. Even iOS 4 voice control works. To get the reciever to understand that you want to use voice control, simply push the receiver for two seconds, and wait for the "ding ding" from the phone to let you know that it's ready to accept your command. Do practice before you hit the road. If you hold the receiver too long, it will un-pair your phone.

    The one downside: there is an audible hum with the system plugged in, and I'm sure it's due to the very thin shielding on the cable. If you experiment with different volume levels on the phone and car stereo, you can find a good level. I think I'll be able to better shield the cable using foil tape. Great buy, and you should get one too if you want to get bluetooth in your car.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds THE BEST

    I have been tried a lot of device for my iPhone. Never satisfied with the audio quality. This one has the best sound quality. The audio quality over the phone is clear too. Easy to install the device. 5/5 stars for audio/Voice quality.
    My biggest problem is Pairing the device. I own a iPhone 4G. I need to go settings to "Connect to Device". I drive Nissan Altima 2.5 S, 2009 Model came with Auxiliary Port in it. When i start my car it not automatically Pairing with the device after I am starting the bluetooth or after i press it & hold it as it turns off & get to pair mode. Suggestions are welcome.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good!!!

    Set up was quick and painless. I have made a few calls everyone says I sound good (similar to the uconnect system) Voice comand would not work (to dial the number) I have the iphone 4. Music sounds wonderful!!! Draw back is you have to be on aux to hear your phone ring. So if you enjoy the radio this may be a issue. There is a blue light that flashes to let you know the phone is ringing so if your watching I guess you'll know you have a call. I like how small the unit is. I have had others and they got in the way of my gear shift. I really like that it charges my phone! All in all for hands free it is much better the the ear peices I have tried.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality

    Audio quality is better than expected. I'm not an audiophile but music sounds as good as when iphone is plugged directly from headphone jack to the car stereo aux port. If you hear intermittent buzzing/droning you may need a ground loop isolator. A ground loop isolator solved this problem for me both with the AirCast Auto and for when the iphone was plugged to the aux port directly and charging.

    Note: Does *not* support Bluetooth pairing with more than one device. This is clearly stated in the product manual.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So close to perfect

    When I first installed the product in my car I heard the clicking but I adjusted the jack and it was fine. Great sound quality for both music and phone calls. I wanted something for my car for bluetooth and this is so close to being perfect. The only two things that need to be improved is when you tap the button for pause, play, or hold it for voice dial it is a little slow to respond (I realize it's bluetooth so it's hard to improve that but it would be nice for a little quicker response) also the second thing is it needs to be able to change the song when you double click the button for the Iphone 4.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect

    I have not experienced the clicking issues others have. The people I have called were surprised to learn I was on a Bluetooth speakerphone.

    The two things missing are double click to move to the next song and click and hold to activate voice dialing. Best part is that music pauses on the iPhone when you shut off the car then starts back up again as soon as the phone & device hook back up. Nice.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great solution!!!

    i always wanted to have a bluetooth on my car stereo instead on my ear. this is a great solution for my problem! Easy to install, work perfectly fine, and only with one multi function button make it even better not just that the price is reasonable!! Like i said: This is a Great solution!!!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea, some improvements needed

    I was looking for a good quality way to connect my iPhone4 to my 2007 Subaru Outback and have a bluetooth speakerphone without spending too much money (I have a Pioneer AVH3200BT in my STi and it is perfect but pricey). The Belkin Aircast is a good alternative. Set-up is easy, there is plenty of cord to connect the power and Aux-in cable to the center console and have the Bluetooth speaker on the dash. When powered on it automatically connects to the iPhone4 and plays the last audio track instantly (which can be a pain since I have the Alarm Clock app set to certain music and that's where it starts off). The sound over bluetooth is excellent without any hissing and calls are clear, no complaints from the person on the other end either. However, if you want to listen to the car's radio or CD you will not hear your phone if it rings (you need to turn the Belkin off to hear it or switch to Aux)! I guess you could stream radio from your iPhone but that means you have to rely on 3G streaming. Or keep your iPhone in line of sight with a Proclip Dash mount (which is my plan). Overall a good product for the money.

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