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Old 29th February 2012, 23:36   #1
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Hardwired Parrot Bluetooth Speakerphone (PICS)

As a new owner I have researched several different options of bluetooth integration to my iPhone for the E39 M5. I simply found that I would rather spend more money on other things, so I decided to come up with my own.

Some things were a must have on my quest (in order of importance):

1. Reasonable pricing - found a new Parrot Bluetooth Minikit Speakerphone for only $49.99 that included shipping

2. It must power on when I start the car - I hardwired it so it is always on only when the car is, so I don't have to worry about the battery

3. It must be loud enough - Parrot knows this is a must and it is loud and clear

4. It must integrate nicely with the car and not have a chance to fall or slide around during "spirited" driving. The black and silver color scheme match the interior and exterior colors of my M5.

5. Synchronizes phone book with iPhone - Parrot built in functionality

6. Hands Free Operation - I can dial by voice commands

I installed it the same way I hardwired my Passport 8500 X50 Radar. It is all connected to the HomeLink transmitter ACC power wire. So when I turn the car on the Passport and the Parrot Bluetooth come on and when I turn it off, all of those devices turn off (the Parrot stays on for a while until the internal battery dies on the Parrot).

For $49.99 this is how it turned out. Enjoy!

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Nice job! Not too shabby an option for 50 bucks.
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Wow, looks GREAT! Been looking at getting some kind of bluetooth speakerphone, and I really like how you've installed and mounted it.

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Nice. Is it just clipped on with the hardwire? I might do the same instead of clipped on the sunvisor but not hardwired. Thanks for the idea.
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Nice. Is it just clipped on with the hardwire? I might do the same instead of clipped on the sunvisor but not hardwired. Thanks for the idea.
Yes, it is just clipped on with the hardwire that is attached to the speaker. It was a nice flush fit.

No problem. With all of the great tips on this board, it is always nice to share ideas with fellow enthusiasts.
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Do you mind sharing how you were able to hard wire it to the homelink wires? How does the unit power?
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Do you mind sharing how you were able to hard wire it to the homelink wires? How does the unit power?
I was about to ask the same question.
If possible, could you post how you wired it up with a picture or two if available?

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Do you mind sharing how you were able to hard wire it to the homelink wires?
It was easy hard wiring to the homelink wires for power. Just tap into the green wire and you will have ACC power and use the mounting bolt for the sunroof motor for the ground.

Here are some good instructions and pics on removing everything to get to the homelink wires. This guy did not have the homelink, thus he just had a spare plug that was not connected to anything.

HOW TO: Hardwiring a Radar Detector - Escort 9500ix

This is just a better set of instructions of wiring everything up after you have everything disassembled:

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How does the unit power?
It powers on when you turn the car on and it charges the unit too. It turns just the charging off to the bluetooth speaker phone automatically when you turn the car off. The bluetooth speakerphone will remain on if you don't manually turn it off - I just leave mine on all of the time as the battery life on these bluetooth speakerphones are not good anyways, but when you turn the car on the surge in power automatically turns the bluetooth on which is really nice.

I hope this helps, trust me once you get it installed and hardwired it is a handsfree operation for powering on and off and will not drain your M5's battery as the power is being drawn only when the cars key is in the ignition in the ACC or ON position.

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Thanks for the post. Couple of questions:

1) You stated it is loud enough...presume you meant for you to hear. But, can the person on the OTHER end of the line hear you clearly and not have to deal with a bunch of background / highway road noise? How effective the Parrot at doing that in the M5 at speed on the highway?

2) How do you toggle mute on/off? Is it via Parrot or do you need to toggle the mute on the i-Phone itself?

Trying to figure out the best way to go hands free with quality sound and no background noise...

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Thanks for the post. Couple of questions:

1) You stated it is loud enough...presume you meant for you to hear. But, can the person on the OTHER end of the line hear you clearly and not have to deal with a bunch of background / highway road noise? How effective the Parrot at doing that in the M5 at speed on the highway?

2) How do you toggle mute on/off? Is it via Parrot or do you need to toggle the mute on the i-Phone itself?

Trying to figure out the best way to go hands free with quality sound and no background noise...

Thanks!
I have had no complaints on the person on the OTHER end. During my "testing" phase, I asked several of my friends and family if they could hear me clearly and they said they could. Trust me, some of my friends would have told me that it sounded like "rubbish", but they actually said it sounded close to normal as if I were talking into my phone. Parrot has done a good job on the noise cancellation piece of the microphone being on the highway or the city. I don't have any windows down when I talk on it though.

The mute is only possible via your iPhone itself that I know of. There could be a way to do it on the Parrot, but I don't touch the unit at all except to initiate a call or to hang up a call.

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