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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Update: I've found what appears to be an AUX port. The access menu for it was buried in the CD menu.

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    Do you have links to the Bluetooth/Aux input you used? This might end up saving me several hundred quid!

    BlitzWolf bluetooth 5.0 Transmitter Receiver, 164ft Long Range bluetooth Receiver with 3.5mm Audio Adapter, Support aptX HD Low Latency.

    Dont think they make it anymore though. Was only £20 and has been great.

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Except that doesn’t include an rds aerial, doesn’t say it includes steering wheel controls, just steering wheel stalk controls and says nothing about the existing built in phone mic which I think I’d also need a cable for.

    I have done a head unit swap before, but this one looks to be way more involved.

    As to why I’d pay for it. Well I have a full time job and spend 3-4 hours / day doing the school run. I’m very time poor.
    Yes it does?
    This complete Double Din Radio Replacement Kit by Connects2 CTKMB07, allows the fitment of a Double DIN aftermarket headunit to the selected vehicle. The kit includes everything you need to complete the installation including fascia, steering stalk controls and aerial connections.

    Connects2 CTKMB07 Includes:

    Double Din Fascia Adaptor (Black)
    CAN-Bus Steering wheel Control Adaptor
    Fakra Aerial Adaptor
    Stereo Patch Lead (Free CTMULTILEAD.2 Included)
    It's no more involved, it's just popping trim off which takes seconds with a £5 trim tool off ebay, it would take you an hour max, the entire harness will literally just plug into the stock plugs, that's the point of it - it's not like you're doing a rewire.

    As for RDS, never bothered with that, in an old car I really wouldn't care if I had BT/USB etc etc, the last thing I'd be bothered about is listening to ad filled garbage on the radio with some pleb waffling on cutting off the rare songs I'd want to hear lol.

    You'd have the weekend to do it though, get the kids involved?

    As for messing about adding aux or BT with a chinesium reciever, you're still going to have the rubbish stock stereo/speakers - which you have said are 'awful', so you're now ignoring the entire point of why you want to change it?

    You'll just be ruining the music you want to actually listen to, quality wise if not?

    If you're whiling to do that, then you may as well buy the £20 fascia and just buy a £50-100 headunit on offer decent single din with BT/USB etc and some mid range speakers and have a wicked single din setup for the price of the labour you were going to pay?
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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen999 View Post
    How long have you had it?

    What makes me nervous is 13% of reviews being 1-star, the manufacturer beng China-based, and the frequency among those 1-stars of "died after x weeks" and "no warranty or support from manufacturer". That's always the thing with anything bought from outside the UK - enforcing a warranty if they don't honour their "2 year" clam is, essentially, a non-starter. Which makes the purchase, in my view, a £50 punt. Maybe it comes off, maybe it doesn't.
    In my father in laws car, been using it daily for about 3 months with no issues.

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Well, as I hate threads which start a question and then go dormant without an answer, in the end I found this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/UGREEN-USB-.../dp/B081GGB53R

    For 12 quid!

    Works perfectly.

    Unfortunately when I was fiddling around with the EQ and balance settings on my phone I discovered the reason the sound seems quite gutless is that the mid+sub unit on the drivers side is completely dead, so I may have to replace that anyway....

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Glad you found something that works for you.

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Well, as I hate threads which start a question and then go dormant without an answer, in the end I found this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/UGREEN-USB-.../dp/B081GGB53R

    For 12 quid!

    Works perfectly.
    Nice find. This could work for me actually. I only have aux in my car, the FM doesn't work, something to do with solder issues, but I can't stand radio so it's not been worth fixing. Now that my phone doesn't have an aux cable, while I bought a USBC/AUX splitter it only works some days and not others. This would take away the need to plug in the phone every time.

    I had a Transmitter about 12 years ago for my old Corsa, it worked ok but with a hiss and other distortion. I changed it for a different brand but again had similar problems and eventually got a better car that negated it's requirement.
    Last edited by AGTDenton; 13-05-2024 at 11:56 AM.

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Well, as with everything YMMV, but I get zero distortion, zero hiss. It was literally plug and go. Probably worth a punt for £12. I did find them under a tenner, but I wanted next day delivery, so sprung for the more expensive price on Amazon.

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Well, as with everything YMMV, but I get zero distortion, zero hiss. It was literally plug and go. Probably worth a punt for £12. I did find them under a tenner, but I wanted next day delivery, so sprung for the more expensive price on Amazon.
    Good shout for window shopping first, didn't realise UGREEN had their own shop, for £9.99 direct I can't complain!

    I avoided the AliExpress claims of $2. God knows what I would have ended up with, can't believe it's the genuine product, although I know that's how UGREEN started.

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Good fine, I would generally trust ugreen as a brand and of course it has enough amazon reviews to give confidence.

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Well, as I hate threads which start a question and then go dormant without an answer, in the end I found this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/UGREEN-USB-.../dp/B081GGB53R

    For 12 quid!

    Works perfectly.

    Unfortunately when I was fiddling around with the EQ and balance settings on my phone I discovered the reason the sound seems quite gutless is that the mid+sub unit on the drivers side is completely dead, so I may have to replace that anyway....
    I have a similar unit one in my 2009 RR Sport. Same thing with the bluetooth, its just the phone. Sound quality is suprisingly good.

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    Re: Bluetooth FM transmitter thingy

    Over a week later and it's arrived. Worked perfectly first time and makes life so much easier with less cabling and hopefully no more audio issues.

    Not UGreens fault, but Evri lost the parcel after a first attempt. I'd initially waited a few days expecting Evri to come back but they didn't. So I started a support call. Having not heard anything for a couple of days I went to UGreens. Only to have to wait 2 days for UGreen to tell me to go to Evri. Eventually Evri replied and took a few more days to find the package.
    What's annoying is they listed the reason they couldn't deliver because a signature was required. Yet when they delivered it the second time just put it through the letterbox. So the whole thing could have been avoided if they'd have just done that originally.

    So if you need it quickly get from Amazon.

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