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post #21 of 73 Old 30th March 2019, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Great stuff! Please include me in the pre order list.

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Enrico,

Thanks for your interest! Could you fill out the pre order form on https://www.bluebus.dev? If not, PM me your email address so I can add you to the list.

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Hey Ted, this looks awesome! I tried filling out the form on the website but received an error so I sent you an email.

Also looking forward to the triple turn signal if you’re able to incorporate it!

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Hello Ted,

Great work on the BlueBus - it looks like a very polished solution for those with a factory sound system.

For those that have already moved to an aftermarket head unit, would it be possible to order only the Microphone adapter? If so, I’m in!

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Hello Ted,

Great work on the BlueBus - it looks like a very polished solution for those with a factory sound system.

For those that have already moved to an aftermarket head unit, would it be possible to order only the Microphone adapter? If so, I’m in!

Thanks!
Hello!

Thanks for the kind words

I'm not currently taking pre-orders for the mic by itself, but I will be selling it by itself as soon as I have confirmation from my beta user that it works well with the AVIN unit(s).

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How would this compare to a GROM bluetooth unit?

I'm using a GROM USB w/ bluetooth now, but it does have a few bugs and quirks which annoy me.
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How would this compare to a GROM bluetooth unit?

I'm using a GROM USB w/ bluetooth now, but it does have a few bugs and quirks which annoy me.
Hello!

The BlueBus is obviously way better integrated than the GROM units are. Additionally, my unit has upgradable software, so you'll keep getting new features as they're developed.

I have a beta user with an E39 M5 who happened to own the GROM prior to the BlueBus and he states that my unit has better range and the audio quality is way better.

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Can Metadata be displayed on the factory navigation and MID? Is that why the pre-order form allows both to be selected?

Where does the compatible microphone get mounted? In place of the factory microphone?

Does this require running cable or wire from the rear to the front in order to utilize the factory or compatible microphone? The video mentioned another PCB that required installation in the upper center console to utilize the factory microphone.

Incidentally, I like the five-blink turn signal and it's what I've programmed my X5 for.

Can anyone comment on the factory microphone and whether it's worth it to keep and use instead of a compatible microphone?

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Can Metadata be displayed on the factory navigation and MID? Is that why the pre-order form allows both to be selected?

Where does the compatible microphone get mounted? In place of the factory microphone?

Does this require running cable or wire from the rear to the front in order to utilize the factory or compatible microphone? The video mentioned another PCB that required installation in the upper center console to utilize the factory microphone.

Incidentally, I like the five-blink turn signal and it's what I've programmed my X5 for.

Can anyone comment on the factory microphone and whether it's worth it to keep and use instead of a compatible microphone?
Yes, metadata can be displayed on both. I know some E38s had rear MIDs and factory nav, that's why that option is multiple choice 🙂

A compatible microphone may work at the factory location, but I imagine it would not work well because it'll be hard for it to pick up your voice. Most aftermarket mics state that they should be installed in the corner of the cluster, which makes sense but is aesthetically unpleasing.

In any case, I'd actually recommend hijacking the OE harness for a non OE mic. That means running two wires up the driver A pillar to the OE mic harness from where ever your mic has been installed. As long as the factory ULF or TCU are not installed, it'll be fine.

All E38 and E39 models that I have come across has the 3 pin white SES connector in the trunk that contains the mic positive and negative signals, so my kit will come with a jumper wire to connect that to the BlueBus.

The PCB mentioned is the OE mic adapter board. It takes the homelink connector and steps down the 12v to provide 5v to the OE microphone. The other side of the board decouples the DC voltage with a capacitor and outputs to the factory harness. You can see more about it here: https://github.com/tedsalmon/BlueBus...r-Installation

Note that the board pictured is a prototype.

Are you using an Intravee for the 5-blink? I've been asked repeatedly for this feature, so I'm actively working on implementing it.

What I can say about the factory mic is that it has way better gain than a bog standard mic. It also, allegedly, has superior noise cancelation abilities, but I don't think this matters much as my BT adapter has algorithms employed for this.

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Added me to the pre-order list.

Assume this is fully fused etc, so worst scenario in case of hw failure is a blown fuse, nothing worse, right?

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