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Old 04-11-2016, 11:56 PM   #1
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BMW e46 Easy integrated Bluetooth calls and streaming audio solution: parrot Mki9000

This is the evolution of the dated parrot ck3000 Bluetooth solution for our cars, itīs very easy to install.

With this solution you will have:
  • Much better quality calls (other call party will understand you when driving).
  • phone book synchronization, voice dialing and answering.
  • Bluetooth audio streaming (ad2p)
  • Steering wheel controls (avrcp) featuring: voice dialing, make and end calls, control audio tracks, control volume, access menu, control several inputs: USB, ipod (old connector), line in.
  • multiple phones connected at the same time.
  • Keep everything original.

Short story:
I was a happy user of delmarcoīs solution for Bluetooth calls using the parrot ck3000 evolution and connects2 harness, but call quality was bad, people did not hear me when driving, also no Bluetooth music streaming.

I managed to partially solve the music streaming issue adding a blackberry Bluetooth stereo gateway, but I could not skip or reverse tracks using the steering wheel, so I started to look for a solution similar to connects2.

So I found this:
http://www.justcarkits.co.uk/acatalo...p.html#SID=189



The JustCarKits harness kit comprises a parrot unika steering wheel control box and a plug and play harness for our cars.

On ebay, Amazon, etc. You can find a Parrot MKi9000 handsfree kit like this:



When you got both you will have a complete bluetooth solution.


This harness is basically plug and play, so you wonīt be guessing what goes where and what to do.

I will detail every harness connector in this picture:



Steps for installation:
You need to remove your current Bluetooth solution if you have one.
Get the blue box from the parrot Mki9000 kit.


Get the multimedia cable and the microphone.


You donīt need the supplied harness that comes with the parrot MKi9000 or the remote control but keep it for an option in installation that you might want to do.


In the justcarkits harness: connect the 24 pin connector to the parrot blue box
Connect the power. This is a black 4 pin connector that is separated from the 24 pin harness cables. Donīt confuse it with the audio line out cable!
Connect the multimedia cable. This cable will allow you to connect a 30 pin ipod, a usb memory or a line in audio plug.


finally connect the other multi pin connector to the unika box. Donīt worry, you will know which goes where when got everything.


Unplug the radio and put it apart.


remove the cowl in the drivers side to have access underneath the dashboard. Donīt bother trying to put the harness and box behind the glove box, it will not fit.


connect the radio harness 17 pin connector to the supplied harness, remove the aux in or cd player connectors first.

Connect the other end of the justCarKits harness to the back of the radio, but first move the connectors for cd player or aux in to the new harness if you have them.


Tuck everything below the dashboard in the driver side. I used a big tie strip to attach both boxes to a piping structural support above the small drivers glove box.



Use the flat base supplied with the double microphone, remove the adhesive cover and put the microphone on the stock mic location. This is the only part that will not look OEM in the car but the double microphone is great because it filters the ambient noise and allows your voice to be clear. Also the mic is directional, you need to point it at the driver side for better reception. The OEM location is great because it also requires to be about 2 feet away from your mouth.




Route the microphone wire through the A pillar to the Mki9000 and plug the jack turning it to lock in place.


Finally, route the multimedia cable from the glovebox (or you preferred location to the Mki9000

Youīre all set!

When you turn on the ignition, the unika module will self program for your kind of steering wheel controls which are:

  • Talking head button to Answer & End calls. Also, to start voice recognition for out going calls (short push) (enter when in menu).
  • Track forward / backward buttons - for skipping tracks. Also used to enter Parrot Parrot menu: (Track Forward, Track Backward, Track Forward, Track Backward )
  • Also functions as Pause / Play for music from Parrot ( Track Backward, Track Forward)
  • Volume buttons for increasing / decreasing volume when handsfree and listening to music from Parrot

Turn on the ignition switch.

Pair your phone with the Mki9000 using the universal 0000 password.

Once paired you will hear a gong every time seconds after you turn on the ignition. Then you can play music from your phone, make calls, etc. If no sound comes from the speakers but you see the track playing on you phone do this:
  1. On your steering wheel access menu: Track Forward, Track Backward, Track Forward, Track Backward
  2. you will hear several options, navigate through them using the track buttons. select: bluetooth audio if you want wireless streaming, or the corresponding audio source if you have something attached to the multimedia cable.
  3. press the talking head button (enter).
  4. Done.

The call quality is amazing! because of the double microphone and a more advanced noise filter circuit your other party can hear you clearly even when youīre driving at high speed.

Optional steps once installed:

You can have an ipod or usb memory in the glove box and alternate between several audio sources.


Note: When youīre streaming music from your phone, your radio basically locks out, you cannot control music volume using the knob, only the steering wheel buttons work, also you cannot access audio options, change audio source etc. but there is a solution for this if you want the MKi9000 to route the music through the standard bmw aux in port (speed vol enabled) and handle calls as usual. (i will post that later).

When you stop the music the radio returns to normal operation mode.


This is the installation instructions sheet that comes with the harness:


I hope this is useful for you too!

POST UPDATE:

The Mki9000 provides 2 options for audio output:

The default mode is intended for radios without an aux in input connection. In this mode, basically the Mki9000 takes control over the car radio and sends the music from the bluetooth, ipod, usb, etc. through the harness to the speakers using its own included amplifier.
The disadvantages are:
The radio is stuck in "Phone" mode on the display.
You cannot adjust the sound using the knob.
The only way to increase or decrease volume is using the steering wheel controls.
No speed volume or HK music amplification.

I think this is great for people with earlier car year radios that donīt have an aux in connection or donīt want to change the original radio.

MODE 2: audio Line Out:
The Mki9000 can be configured not to mute the stereo when playing music:

Fortunately, the Mki9000 comes equipped with a Line out output that can be used to wire a connection directly to the Aux in in the BMW business radio.

In this mode, the Mki9000 broadcasts the music through this audio line out and you regain control of your car stereo while listening music through the Bluetooth streaming as if your have an ipod or any other music device attached to the aux in connection of the car.

To enable this, you must use the line out connection in the harness:



For the Line out we have 4 wires, the connections are very simple:
Red & White are the audio (R-L)
Black and Brown are the grounds

You can purchase an extra harness from justcarkits for the line out, or you can just make your own connections. In my case I used 4 needle pins from a spare stereo harness to connect the line in cable to the square connection in the harness and soldered them to a Y cable plugged to the aux in audio female jack.

To enable this second mode you will need to use the Mki9000 control that comes with the kit since this cannot be done using the Unika interface.


Here are the steps:

On the Parrot Mki9000 turn on vehicle ignition and wait until the start-up tones are heard, then press and hold for about a second the track forward and track back buttons. A confirmation tone will be heard.
This can only be programmed for about 2 minutes when the Parrot is turned on. After this you will need to re-start the Parrot and try again.

Connect audio source (iPod, Line-In, USB or SD card) and then select Aux Input on BMW stereo.
Play a track and increase the output level on the Parrot to about 75%. You should then be able to hear the music.
The volume, balance, fade and tone settings are controlled by the BMW stereo. If the bass level is too high go into Audio Effects on the MKi9000 / Mki9100 / Mki9200 and disable Virtual Bass.


Thatīs it!

When a making or receiving phone calls the mki will behave as usual, when you finish the call the music will resume.

Final notes:
-When using bluetoth audio to hear music you need to press play on your phone to start the streaming every time you get in the car (no auto music resume).
-You can control tracks, volume and handle calls using the steering wheel buttons.
-When you press the talking face button you can initiate a call with voice commands like: "Call john wick cellphone" the voice recognition works very well.
-Sometimes for no reason when you start the car you need to re select the bluetooth audio mode going through the settings menu (track up, down, up, down).
-The Mki9000 can handle two phones at the same time for calls.
-The R/T button in the steering wheel has no function.

Last edited by ralf; 10-29-2016 at 01:29 PM. Reason: Update
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:31 PM   #2
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Can we get that from a US buyer, since it seems you got your kit from UK?
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Can we get that from a US buyer, since it seems you got your kit from UK?
I ordered from their webpage and received the harness by mail in a week aprox. for about $140. I do not know if there is a US distributor.
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Note: When youīre streaming music from your phone, your radio basically locks out, you cannot control music volume using the knob, only the steering wheel buttons work, also you cannot access audio options, change audio source etc. but there is a solution for this if you want the MKi9000 to route the music through the standard bmw aux in port (speed vol enabled) and handle calls as usual. (i will post that later).

When you stop the music the radio returns to normal operation mode.
I thought that this was the perfect device until I read this part. The fact that I would need ot manually stop music streaming on my phone in order to regain control of the head unit is a real deal breaker for me.. What is the solution you refer to?
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I have the same question, does this work for the NAV unit?
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I thought that this was the perfect device until I read this part. The fact that I would need ot manually stop music streaming on my phone in order to regain control of the head unit is a real deal breaker for me.. What is the solution you refer to?
I just updated my initial post but here is the info:


The Mki9000 provides 2 options for audio output:

The default mode is intended for radios without an aux in input connection. In this mode, basically the Mki9000 takes control over the car radio and sends the music from the bluetooth, ipod, usb, etc. through the harness to the speakers using its own included amplifier.
The disadvantages are:
The radio is stuck in "Phone" mode on the display.
You cannot adjust the sound using the knob.
The only way to increase or decrease volume is using the steering wheel controls.
No speed volume or HK music amplification.

I think this is great for people who donīt want to change the original radio and donīt have an aux in connection.

MODE 2: audio Line Out:
The Mki9000 can be configured not to mute the stereo when playing music:

Fortunately, the Mki9000 comes equipped with a Line out output that can be used to wire a connection directly to the Aux in in the BMW business radio.

In this mode, the Mki9000 broadcasts the music through this audio line out and you regain control of your car stereo while listening music through the Bluetooth streaming as if your have an ipod or any other music device attached to the aux in connection of the car.

To enable this, you must use the line out connection in the harness:



For the Line out we have 4 wires, the connections are very simple:
Red & White are the audio (R-L)
Black and Brown are the grounds

You can purchase an extra harness from justcarkits for the line out, or you can just make your own connections. In my case I used 4 needle pins from a spare stereo harness to connect the line in cable to the square connection in the harness and soldered them to a Y cable plugged to the aux in audio female jack.

To enable this second mode you will need to use the Mki9000 control that comes with the kit since this cannot be done using the Unika interface.


Here are the steps:

On the Parrot Mki9000 turn on vehicle ignition and wait until the start-up tones are heard, then press and hold for about a second the track forward and track back buttons. A confirmation tone will be heard.
This can only be programmed for about 2 minutes when the Parrot is turned on. After this you will need to re-start the Parrot and try again.

Connect audio source (iPod, Line-In, USB or SD card) and then select Aux Input on BMW stereo.
Play a track and increase the output level on the Parrot to about 75%. You should then be able to hear the music.
The volume, balance, fade and tone settings are controlled by the BMW stereo. If the bass level is too high go into Audio Effects on the MKi9000 / Mki9100 / Mki9200 and disable Virtual Bass.


Thatīs it!

When a making or receiving phone calls the mki will behave as usual, when you finish the call the music will resume.

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I have the same question, does this work for the NAV unit?
I donīt have nav but it looks like it can. Here is a text from the carkits harness webpage:


Please note this kit is also suitable for E39 / E46 models equipped with BMW factory fitted SatNav, but you will need to make 1 connection behind TV monitor (instructions provided) and will also require a 5 metre extension lead set P/No AE5.

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