Bluetooth Hands Free: What Are You Using?
If this is in the wrong section (as it is about software almost as much hardware) or there is a thread already I apologize in a advance. I have searched around and seen a bunch of discussions about bluetooth but no real collaboration what is out there and functioning.
What I want to know to all you out there is: What are you using for bluetooth hands free in your car and how well does it work (or what did you try and didn't work so well)? Connectivity, reliability, sound quality, practicality, hardware, software, frontend, OS, ect....
I ask this because I need a change in my system and I want to make sure I get something that just works, and works good.
I am running RR with the .NET plugin. Using an Andrea mic, bluesoleil stack, the really stubby dongle that works with bluesoleil, Droid Incredible, WinXP. I had some high end audio stuff also so I was also running a Sound Blaster 24-bit external usb sound card. Basically the SB card took care of all my audio other than the hands free and the Andrea took care of that, but channeled it into the input of the SB card before going to the amps (I think that's how I got all the noise cancellation to work and keep my high end sound for the music, but its been a while so I don't exactly remember it all).
It worked ok for the most part. Not blame really to the .NET plugin, but had some connectivity issues that it wasnt consistent with connecting all the time, or staying connected. Sound quality, noise cancellation and echo cancellation worked great after being a few seconds into the convo and it was able to process the environment.
My biggest issue was just a horrible delay. It made it very very hard to hold a convo bc with the delay you were always cutting the other person off and you would start to talk then hear them and stop, but they would hear you and they would stop. Worked fine for listening to voicemails and such though...
I need to find a solution that will solve the problems I had and keep the positives I had. I thought about going to a Parrot unit and then I could run the mute wire into a fusion brain to pause the music and/or mute the sound and such and still run the audio through the soundcard and all, but having the external controls and external display (would like to see who is calling w/o taking my phone out to look) kinda defeats the whole purpose of have a carpc. To me having a carpc is to have the ability to be more than any indash unit and for it to be the all-in-one solution running everything i need directly from my frontend seamlessly.
So let me know what you have, how it works, or how it didn't work! Thanks.