Summary: I first learned about Parrot via Popular Mechanics about a little over a year ago. I drive alot for my job, service work, and need to be able to connect to my customers on the go without endangering myself or other drivers. Not to mention, some places, it's illegal to talk on cell phones while driving. I purchased the MKi9200 kit along with the factory wiring harness for my 2007 Chevrolet Uplander.
Pros: Great call clarity, noise suppression works. Boom microphone is great! Voice recognition works great with phone book. Streams music great! With a factory radio no sound problems as with a higher end system.
Cons: Wireless controller flimsy. Voice recogniition works only with phone book names. You cannot say "call XXX-XXX-1234" it doesn't recognize numbers only phone book names. Bluetooth sometimes doesn't sync music and you must use menu to recognize bluetooth for music.
Summary: I ordered the harness with the parrot, set it up on the kitchen table. Would have been nice if the harness had instructions but I figured it out using common sense. The install was easy once i got the existing radio out and it would have been nice if a trim removal tool was included with the harness or at least offered. I cut into the plastic dash to remove a section hidden by the trim for the display wire.
Conclusion: I used the install harness from C*********** and it made the installation a breeze! The Parrot worked for the most part as advertised. It would be nice to be able to get text messages! The only issue I have had from time to time, is if I get in the car with my phones Bluetooth off, after starting the car and trying to connect the phone, it will not connect. I have to turn the phones bluetooth on, and turn the car (power) off to get the Parrot to reset and connect.
Summary: This is a nice little unit and integrated well into my RAM 1500 quad cab. There are a lot of positive feature reviews so I won't repeat what most people already say, but I want to talk about the functionality that I did not understand before purchasing. 1.) Loss of tone control - The built-in balance, bass, and treble controls are bypassed - it's OK because the Parrot has an EQ setting and sound control features, but it's not as convenient as grabbing the knob and...
Summary: Ensure that you have the device installed in an area that makes the display easy to see. I did not have the option in my Land Rover and it makes operation a bit more difficult. The device has worked about 90% of the time. There are some occasions when people can hear me but I cannot hear them after hanging up from the previous call. The solution is to turn off the device and turn it on again (big shock). Call clarity seems to be pretty good.
Summary: Hi all, I installed the Parrot MKI 9200 in my car a few days ago. It works great! I also have the new iphone 5 and it works great using blue-tooth. I noticed when using Siri, the voice control settings on the MKI 9200 must be set to use the phone's voice control and the microphone level adjusted to a higher level if Siri does not respond. This solved the slow response I was having from Siri the first few days. I realized Siri couldn't hear me.
Summary: Install was easy with the correct harness. Everything worked right out of the box. Also took a gamble on an "open box", but to Crutchfield's credit, everything was there and everything worked.
Pros: Easy interface. Nice small non-intrusive remote, screen and microphones.
Cons: Voice recognition or microphone doesn't seem to understand voice commands. Not sure , but if I annunciate loudly and clearly, it sometimes gets it. I tried turning Microphone volume up, but not sure it helped.
Summary: Product is all that. Great item, and given that the Parrot "hijacks" your speakers away from the car radio amp, the sound was surprisingly good. I can't detect any difference between the car radio music sound and the sound through BlueTooth. 100% would recommend. But installation (if you are also a do-it-yourself guy/gal) was an issue. First, I highly. recommend the Crutchfield wiring harness. It is well worth the slight additional cost.
Pros: Great product, surprising good sound, at a fair price from a reputable company. Tech Support was most helpful, with minimum wait times. 100% recommend this product as long as a wiring harness is available for your make/model car.
Cons: Installation is not intuitive for a DIY guy / gal. Hey Crutchfield, why not include a detailed installation tip sheet with each purchase? Or have one available online for: disassembly of the dash, and hook-up of the wiring harness?