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Parrot PMK5800 Review

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As any device utilizing a Bluetooth connection, the Parrot PMK5800 must be paired with your phone prior to using it for the first time. Once turned on, it asks you to pair with the device, which is done extremely via the phone’s menu. The password required is 0000. Your phone is now connected with the kit.

Then you should set the Parrot to work at the same FM frequency as you car radio (or ice versa), in order to connect them. We and the manufacturer advise you to select a frequency on the radio and then set the same one on the PMK5800. Memorize them for easier access.

Once both, the phone and the car stereo are connected to the car kit, you will hear a voice when entering in the menu (press the wheel). If you’ve used a Parrot car kit, you won’t be surprised – everything is the same as the CK3000 for example. You have options for a few languages, for setting the sound level (by default) and the voice commands.

Parrot PMK5800 Review
Parrot PMK5800 Review


The voice management includes numbers dialing by a voice tag and the use of commands. The magic word function is maintained for those, allowing you to answer or to reject incoming calls without pressing any buttons.

In order to use this function, you have to record your voice (the system is not speaker independent) by the „Telephone” and “Hang Up” commands (you can choose any command, which will then be used for the purpose). If you want to use voice dialing, you’ll have to record commands for “Cellular”, “Home”, “Work” phones, so that, in case a contact of yours has more than one number, you’ll be able to choose which exactly to dial.

Voice dialing is not the easiest thing to do, but once adjusted, it works. The kit has its independent system, which has nothing to do with that of your phone. After you set in the menu that you want to record a voice name, the kit will disconnect from your phone and it’ll require that you send it a contact card. After it has received the contact card, it’ll ask you to record the voice tag for the respective name. Thus you have record names one by one. If you want to use many contacts, this’ll take quite a lot of time, since sending and recording each contact is a slow procedure.

In standby mode, the voice dialing of contacts is done either after pressing the green button, or the magic words, after saying the „Telephone” command have been activated.

The voice commands can be used only for the phone from which the respective contact has been sent. Therefore, if you use the kit with phones X and Y and you send contacts only from the phone X, you will not be able to voice-dial the contacts when you’re connected with the phone Y.

However, unlike most similar models, the PM5800 is not only a car kit for handsfree conversations, but is also a music device. It connects to the phone with the A2DP and AVRCP profiles, which are used for transferring of stereo audio signal and controlling the player. Just play the music on your phone and it will be transmitter from the kit to the car stereo, via FM frequency.

Keep in mind: the PMK5800 and you car stereo are not connected by wire. In order to use the kit, the car radio must be set at a corresponding frequency, which receives only what the Parrot streams.

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