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Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review

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Installation:

In fact, you should have no problems with it unless the connectors in your car are not ISO standardized.
You should remove your car's radio in order to install the kit. Remove the two jacks (the one for the speakers and the one for the power supply) and connect them to the corresponding female ones of the kit's cables (power to the grey jack, and the speakers to the black one) (*Note: your jacks may be in different colors as is in our case).

Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Kit's female connectors
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Car's male connectors
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Already connected to the car
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review

The male ISO jacks of the kit's cables are plugged into the radio in the place of the two we removed (respectively the black into the speakers and the grey – into the power supply) and then you find the jack which you should plug into the big connector of the Universal Radio Mute box; the display is connected to the small one. Take notice that the cable connecting the Mute box and the display can not be detached from the latter, which causes troubles during installation you cannot detach the display when you're not using it, in order to prevent an eventual theft.

All the parts (except for the display) are installed in the car's dashboard so they're not seen at all after the radio is put back into its place. The display is installed where the driver wants it to be, for example at the central console.

There is a installation manual, for cars with standard ISO connectors, included in the user manual. It is very useful that there are manuals for different car brands and models on Parrot's site. For example we wanted to install the car kit on a BMW E39 (5-series) from 1998, but after experiencing a lot of difficulties while removing the radio we found out they did not use the standard ISO jack. The manual on the Parrot site explains how to connect the car kit to it using alternative means with cables. This is quite helpful. Moreover, all the diagrams are in English.
It is a pity most (maybe even all) American brands are not on the list.

The microphone, which is attached to the control unit, can also be installed anywhere in the car. Where the driver wants it to be – it can be on the wheel, to the left of it, on the central console, or on the rear-view mirror. Parrot recommend it to be installed at the left side of the mirror for best sound quality. The microphone is attached to a jack that is placed on the Control Unit. Moreover, there is an additional jack at the end of the cable connecting the Control Unit and the Universal Radio Mute. The manufacturer has provided three different kinds of attachment clips for it, all suitable for different situations. In order to avoid vibrations on the microphone, you should have in mind that it should be attached in a way that it has no physical contact with the surface it's installed on.

Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review

Pairing:

Connecting the kit with a phone is easy. From the menu, go to Setting – Pair with phone, where you can choose from different predefined phone models, as for each of them the car kit gives you a unique Code. You choose the type and search through the menu of the phone (T-Mobile MDA, a.k.a. HTC Wizard PPC Phone, in our case) and connect using the code given to you. Once paired the kit connects automatically for less than a minute upon turning on the ignition key. Up to five phones can be connected to the kit at the same time.

Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review

The following paragraph concerns HTC Wizard (T-Mobile MDA / Cingular 8125) and it could be different with other (WM 5 PPC) phones; the software used on the phone is TomTom Navigator:
In order to connect the GPS receiver, an Outgoing Port is created on COM6 after the phone and the car kit are connected. Open the TomTom – Change Preferences – Show GPS Status – Configure – Other Bluetooth GPS – COM6. After this is done the car kit indicates GPS Connected which is shown by two semicircles under the satellite on the display, depicting transmission of waves.

Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review

During the test we compared the Parrot`s GPS receiver and the Holux Bluetooth GPS with Sirf Star III chip. Despite being smaller and the absence of a stub antenna, the Holux performed better overall and ackquired more satellites. We tested the two GPS devices in different positions and the most significant difference occurred when we placed them low, next to the gear shift. That's where the Parrot totally lost the signal, while the Holux with Sirf Star III had no problems.

Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
on the dash board
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
at the central console
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
Parrot 3400 LS-GPS Bluetooth Car Kit Review
next to gear shift

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