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    Bluetooth streaming audio adapter

    I'd like to stream music to the Aux-In portion of my head unit via bluetooth from iPod or Android devices. Most of the bluetooth units I've seen are mainly built for phone hookup and the ones that are music slanted are battery powered or 110vAC powerd. Either way the 12vDC powered ones usually require a button be pushed on the device to start the music streaming. I want something that I can hook up to turn on when the stereo is turned on and be directly ready to stream music without having to push a button on the device.

    Can anyone recommend a device?

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    I got it worked out. See Post #6
    Last edited by Chevy II; 07-25-2011 at 10:34 PM. Reason: I found the fix.
    The car is mostly complete. Wanted to hide all the stereo system so I've got a SecretAudio SST head unit, Kappa Amp, Kappa 6x9, Kappa 4", bluetooth streaming audio.

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    What about this one? I've never used it, but the reviews are good, except for the range (something you don't really have to worry about in the car anyways). Besides, apparently there is a simple mod you can do to improve the range.
    It looks like it requires 5V, so you can power it from a usb port, or just get a 5v cigarette adapter.

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    NIVANOV: Thanks, I saw that one but it has an AC adapter. It may only take 5V, but I wasn't sure. Where did you see the 5V part?
    The car is mostly complete. Wanted to hide all the stereo system so I've got a SecretAudio SST head unit, Kappa Amp, Kappa 6x9, Kappa 4", bluetooth streaming audio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy II View Post
    NIVANOV: Thanks, I saw that one but it has an AC adapter. It may only take 5V, but I wasn't sure. Where did you see the 5V part?
    There's a review by S.Squires. According to him:
    I already had a Belkin USB lighter adapter, so I went to the local gadget store (The Source) and bought an iGo USB charging cable and an iGo Power tip that matched the Belkin bluetooth receiver. It worked great but will cost you about $20 for the cable and cable power tip adapter, as well as a USB lighter adapter if you don't already have one.
    The iGo power tip I bought was Samsung A740,A840,A920,SCP-7050,SCP3100

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    Standard USB output is the 5 volts (+/- .25v) the Belkin requires. I was told that the Belkin will take the amps it needs, up to the usb limit of .500 and the Belkin only uses .180 amps
    So far it's worked great and the device seems fine, but anyone else who wants to try this is taking their own chances...I am not responsible for any damages.
    I remember dollar stores carrying cell phone chargers for about 3-5 bucks, so maybe u can pick one up there? Use your discretion though

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    Thanks I'll check it out.
    The car is mostly complete. Wanted to hide all the stereo system so I've got a SecretAudio SST head unit, Kappa Amp, Kappa 6x9, Kappa 4", bluetooth streaming audio.

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    Update: The Belkin F8Z492 works great with a couple of mods.

    Update: The Belkin F8Z492 works great with a couple of mods.

    I bought the Belkin F8Z492 from Amazon and when I got it I confirmed that the actual bluetooth part only requires 5V input. So, I went to Radio Shack and got a 5V regulator. I cut the cable end from the original power supply and soldered it to the new regulator. Wired the input side to the power ant/amp output from my head unit. Then connected the device to the AUX IN of my head unit.

    I also performed the mod to the Belkin unit where you remove the unnecessary piece of metal from inside the box. The bluetooth range of the unit increased at least 3-fold.
    The car is mostly complete. Wanted to hide all the stereo system so I've got a SecretAudio SST head unit, Kappa Amp, Kappa 6x9, Kappa 4", bluetooth streaming audio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy II View Post
    Update: The Belkin F8Z492 works great with a couple of mods.

    I bought the Belkin F8Z492 from Amazon and when I got it I confirmed that the actual bluetooth part only requires 5V input. So, I went to Radio Shack and got a 5V regulator. I cut the cable end from the original power supply and soldered it to the new regulator. Wired the input side to the power ant/amp output from my head unit. Then connected the device to the AUX IN of my head unit.

    I also performed the mod to the Belkin unit where you remove the unnecessary piece of metal from inside the box. The bluetooth range of the unit increased at least 3-fold.
    Glad it worked out for you! The fact that simply removing the dummy weight from the box makes the range increase that dramatically made me chuckle a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivanov View Post
    Glad it worked out for you! The fact that simply removing the dummy weight from the box makes the range increase that dramatically made me chuckle a bit
    Yea. To test it I held my phone in front of me with my back to the unit so that I was a barrier to the signal. I could only get about four feet from the unit before I started to get bluetooth interferance and a choppy signal. After removing the metal weight, I could easily walk 10-15 ft away from the unit with my back still to it and not loose any signal quality.

    Thanks for you help, NIVANOV. I guess I just needed some confirmation that that was the unit to go get.
    The car is mostly complete. Wanted to hide all the stereo system so I've got a SecretAudio SST head unit, Kappa Amp, Kappa 6x9, Kappa 4", bluetooth streaming audio.

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