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I immediatley invested in my Parrot CK3000 after hearing a friend receive a call on his whilst in his car.
The kit itself consists of a number of components and most of these are hidden away when the parrot is installed. Along with these components comes quite a lot of wiring but this is also hidden away after installation. Once installed the only parts of the parrot visible are the small three button interface which mounts discreetly to the dash board and the microphone which is usually mounted near to the interior light on the ceiling.
When I bought my parrot I decided to have a go at installing it myself as the kit comes with clear and concise illustrated instructions. The installation took me around half an hour to complete and I found it to be suprisingly easy. I have no electronics experience and this was the first time I had removed my car stereo/cd player. The installation involves wiring the parrot to the back of your car stereo/cd player and hiding a lot of the hardware behind the stereo. after this the small three button interface is mounted to the dash board and the mic installed to the ceiling.
This parrot uses the cars own stereo speakers so there are no speakers to install like other handsfree kits.
Once the parrot is installed you can use the menu to pair your mobile phone to it via bluetooth. The parrot has a facility to pair with up to three phones if more than one driver uses your car. Once your phone is paired to the parrot they will automatically connect with each other whenever you get in the car (so long as the bluetooth is switched on on your phone).
This particular parrot has no screen so when using the menu the options are read out by the device through the car speakers. I have found this very easy to use.
My parrot is paired with my iphone so to call someone all i have to do is press the green button and say the contacts name. This uses my iphones voice command feature so no need for adding voice tags. For some phones you may have to assign voice tags to your contacts so that the device knows who to call. This is done on the parrots menu.
When you receive a call your ringtone comes through the car speakers and you answer the call by pressing the green button on the user interface.
The sound quality is very good and sharp. The volume is adjusted on the menu and the max volume is very loud. I have spoken to family members after calling them on the parrot and their feedback is always that they couldnt tell any difference in the sound quality during the call.
This device cost me around £70.00 from Halfords which does sound to be a bit on the pricey side to be honest. It is a lot of money to spend but I can confirm that this device is worth every penny. Especially when the cost of a fixed penalty ticket for using a handheld device whilst driving is £60.00, plus three penalty points on your driving licence!
To sum up this parrot is easy to install, easy to use and has very good quality sound. The best part of course is that it makes calling safer and road legal.
I would recommend this to all drivers.
I love this item !!
I was told if you want a handsfree kit for your car then this is it !
Parrot are allegedly the leading manufacturer in in-car bluetooth solutions and its easy to see why.
I had a few very minor niggles whilst fitting the kit but all in all I cant believe how easy it was to install. Hiding the wires was the hardest part of it . I had to but an extra lead so it muted the music when a call came through but this was only £15.You can go on the Parrot web site and find out if your car requires one of these too.
When fitting I would also suggest as other reviewers have stated that you check that the lights are off when the ignition is off as if they are still on then it is installed incorrectly and will over time drain the battery.
Paired up with my phone as soon as I switched it on and away I went.
The clarity of calls is extremely good too which was my main worry when I bought it but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality considering the small price.
Some places charge around £100 to fit these but with the instructions that come with the unit you wont have any problems.
Cant believe there hasnt been a review for this yet considering how many must ahve been sold!
Parrot are now the leading manufactureres regarding in car bluetooth solutions and its easy to see why. The kit was easy to install, however i do this for a living so if you dont have much technical knowledge it would be better paying somebody to do it. Once installed it is worth mentioning that the kits lights must be off when the ignition is off, if they are still on then it is installed incorrectly and will over time drain the battery and the kit will kepp freezing up.
The kit is very easy to use, simply pair your phone with it, this takes a few seconds, and then you are ready to go. The kit mutes the stereo and then the phone comes through your existing speakers which works impeccibly. Depending on what phone you have you may or may not be able to stream music and set up voice dialing. Mine allows both so i could press and hold the red button and say 'call home' and then it would dial home for me! it really is that simple.
Before buying it is worth going onto www.parrot.biz to confirm whether your phone is compatable, and also with a lot of cars you will need a SOT lead, this will cost about 20pound from most audio outlets