Summary: I purchased this for a car which did not have any connectivity. Previously, I had the MKi9200 in another vehicle and decided to go with this one as the screen on the 9200 was too bright at night (even at the dimmest setting). Unfortunately, the pendulum seems to have swung in the opposite direction as this display is too dim during the day. Additionally, while the Parrot MKi9100 (like the 9200) is very good at doing what it does, it doesn't like to be rushed.
Summary: I have wanted to put a Bluetooth system in my 2005 Subaru outback for 5 years and have generally been frustrate with my options. To put an entirely new stereo in was so expensive it hardly seemed worth it. But then the folks at Crutchfield told me about this and I can't be happier! The soy d is excellent and since most of my music resides on my iPhone it has opened up my library so I can listen in the car.
Summary: This system does exactly what I need - provides great Bluetooth functionality. I have always installed aftermarket stereos in my vehicles and while all have provided great audio, some of the Bluetooth functionality has been marginal. I finally decided to try a dedicated unit and ordered an open-box Parrot MKi9100 from Crutchfield along with the recommended harness for my Ford Escape. My wife can actually hear me now when talking on my cell phone!
Pros: Excellent Bluetooth performance Good audio from iPod / MP3 USB (for a 20W/ch RMS amp) Intuitive user interface - controls logical and easy to use The "open-box" item was indistinguishable from a new boxed product except for some Crutchfield tape on the box. Item was pristine and functions flawlessly.
Summary: I decided to purchase the Parrot MKi9100 for our Mazda 6 from Crutchfield because of the great help I got on the phone before I purchased. When I called to ask some questions about DIY installation the reps on the phone were very knowledgeable and gave not even a hint of pressure to buy from Crutchfield. They steered me in the direction of quick connect who provided a custom cable that allowed direct plug and play to my factory Bose system, couldn't have been easier!
Summary: I'm very pleased. Looked a bit overwhelming when I first looked at, but its easy once you lay it all out. Connected to the stock stereo in a 2004 Ford F350. I installed it 3 weeks ago, and it's worked flawlessly.
Pros: Easy installation
Cons: Would be nice if it was as loud as the stereo
Summary: Not ready for prime time. The concept is good, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I have one of these for my wife's Acura MDX and another for my Dodge Ram pickup. The MDX unit failed while still under warranty, but Parrot wouldn't honor the warranty- fortunately, Crutchfield came through on that one. Software on the original units needs updating, but you have to take the car apart to update the box.
Pros: Technically works as promised.
Cons: Only works well upon installation. wears out quickly, extremely frustrating to use on a daily basis- will probably cause more accidents than it prevents.
Summary: Just installed this and am VERY surprised by how good it works. The install was easier then expected, with the T harness from Crutchfield. I had to call Crutchfield with a couple questions about extra wires, but with their advice the install went smoothly. The Parrot quickly sinc'd with my LG phone via bluetooth and my ipod when I plugged it in. The sound is actually a little better then the stock radio because the Parrot has a small amp in it.
Summary: This product is a joke. I installed this in my 2004 Dodge RAM using the adapter recommended by Crutchfield. The sole purpose was for iPhone integration. I wanted to use the hands free, phone charger, and have the ability to easily choose different songs to play. Pros: - It's blue. Cons: - The unit will lose sync with the phone and fail to control it. Have to pull over and turn the truck off to reboot the MKI. - Often, music from the phone stops playing on the MKI.
Summary: If your looking to integrate a bluetooth unit with your factory OR aftermarket deck - this parrot MKI9100 unit is amazing. The volume is clear, the sound cancelling is on par with the best of anything I have ever used. The built in sound recognition also works as well as anything I have ever tried - AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS. My callers hear me clearly even at 100+ (KM/H) with windy/rainy conditions. Negatives?