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Old 03-26-2015, 11:41 AM   #1
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Best solution for BT streaming?

So here's the deal. I've been struggling to get Bluetooth streaming for a while now.

First I tried to get my cell to pair with my M3's (2006) build in bluetooth. It will connect but the first test I did was to make a call. Audio is crazy shitty. Crackling and popping like a mofo. So I played around with it some, and came to the conclusion that my BT module in the trunk was bad. So it got unplugged. Since the OEM module is more for handsfree calling than BT audio, I left that alone and decided to go another route.

The car has the OEM 30-pin iPod connector in the glovebox, so I ordered a 30pin BT adapter. I did some research and got a fairly good one. See link inline below. It arrived. Plugged it in. Powered on. Paired... but when I push the "mode" button on the head unit to switch to BT audio, it says "No Magazine". Same message as when a phone isn't plugged in.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Did some digging. Assumed it might be a conversion issue because I'm using an iPhone 6 with a 30pin to lightning adapter (works great btw), so I ordered the Scosche adapter. Still nothing.


Did some more digging, and found that the particular model of BT adapter that I got does analog audio passthrough. I'm assuming that the OEM adapter is looking for a digital "handshake" to allow the head unit to switch to iPod mode, so I got another adapter. This one that's supposed to use a digital connection.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Still nothing. With or without the Scosche adapter.

So now I'm at a loss. What's the best option for BT streaming in the e46's? I've heard that the DICE media bridge "was" good, but then it was bought by Pioneer? and then turned to ****. I've also seen the Dynavin units, but that's insane overkill for what I'm trying to accomplish.

So what's the consensus? What are you guys using for BT streaming?_a_
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:30 PM   #2
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Look here.

I'm using the Bavsound Soundplicity III.

Ease of installation/setup: 5/5
Music quality: 4/5
Phone quality: 3/5
Features and integration: 4/5
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:35 PM   #3
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Aux cable.
MUCH better sound, super cheap to do, so very simple.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:06 PM   #4
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Aux cable and add this - http://www.amazon.com/Kinivo-BTC455-...eywords=kinivo

Solves A2DP and supports hands speaker phone with audio through the car speakers.

Slight issue if listening to something other than A2DP as you have to switch over to Aux to pick up the call, but probably cheaper than many of the interface boxes.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:06 PM   #5
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Go GROM. I have a Grom bluetooth setup in my car and I LOVE it.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:02 AM   #6
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My experience is that there is no single "best" BT solution. Chose the one that suits your needs best. They all have their upsides and downsides...
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:18 AM   #7
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Look here.

I'm using the Bavsound Soundplicity III.

Ease of installation/setup: 5/5
Music quality: 4/5
Phone quality: 3/5
Features and integration: 4/5
+1. I recently installed the Bavsound Soundplicity III and combination with a BMW USB/Aux socket that I located in the oddment tray area...

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Old 03-28-2015, 02:25 AM   #8
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If you have an aux enabled already, you can use this:

http://www.dx.com/p/convenient-hifi-...4#.VRZXF_l4rYg

sound quality is pretty good for the price.
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:36 AM   #9
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Have you considered buying a used OEM module from a newer model that supports A2DP?
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Old 03-28-2015, 05:22 AM   #10
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Have you considered buying a used OEM module from a newer model that supports A2DP?
Not going to happen, newer modules have the Fiber Optic MOST interface and I am not sure if and when newer modules supported A2DP on BMW.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:52 PM   #11
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I use the Soundplicity III in my 325 CI M series and it works great. Once in awhile it has lost connectivity and I have to disconnect the 3pin then reset it.
I installed it myself and considering I had to take my backseat out and the glovebox out. It really was relatively simply. Just make sure to leave the 3 pin disconnected after you plug in the 9 pin and wait til your car recognizes the system. Also don't put your car back together until you have finished the initialization and you know it's working.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:18 PM   #12
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Just installed a grom Bluetooth adapter trunk install. Took 5-10 minutes to install. Connects to the 2 factory cd changer connectors. That's it, worked immediately. Phone connects on its own once the ignition is turned on. Best $102 I've spent on this car!
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:21 AM   #13
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I had a Dice mediabridge and that supported streaming music. It worked pretty well, but I recently switched to just the aux input. I just sold the mediabridge on monday. The only thing I didnt like about it was if I was listening to the radio obviously the phone wouldn't work. According to the link above you may be able to link the phone calls to the oem bluetooth and the music streaming to the aux input adapter. Hope i didnt read that wrong.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:33 PM   #14
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quidzel came out with a BMW specific bluetooth module that mounts and integrates via the CD-changer in the trunk, and leaves the aux input available up front. They're working on an improved version that should be out in the next couple months or so, that will offer hands-free profile and an overall improved design. If I don't go with the Dynavin I'll go that route.

http://quidzel.com/bluetooth/#tabs1-support
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:46 PM   #15
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There are probably better solutions but here's what I did a year or so ago on my '03 330i. Still working great.

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...=kinivo+btc450
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