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Customer Review Summary for Kenwood KCA-BT200
Average Customer Rating is 4.0 out of 5 stars:
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August 2, 2010 KCA-BT200
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Sniper P229 from Portland, OR
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Installation was easy, as is operation. Using the product is easy but the audio quality so far is poor. Placed microphone on steering column as advised but audio quality is still bad enough to get complaints from people on the other end of conversation. Not sure if mic is picking up vibrations or just poor audio characteristics of the mic itself. People say audio cuts out or is choppy like a cheap BT headset. There is no rating for audio quality in the STAR graph ratings... so, over all it is an OK unit, kinda spendy for the audio quality.... Not sure I would recommend this unit unless used in a very quiet environment.
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February 12, 2010 kenwood kca-bt 200
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vince from hacienda heights , CA.
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installed product myself and worked fine just sometimes when the other party says that i sound like i'm in a cave so I just move closer to the mic. overall good product
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January 12, 2010 Not a bad unit, but strange UI
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Moon from Ashburn, VA
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This unit installs easily, looks good and sounds good. But it has a very strange user interface. Kenwood definitely needs to get some new UI talent...

The Garmin GPS part of the UI looks great -- very much like portable Garmin units. Navigation is fast and easy. Selection of destination is via touchscreen (typical Garmin). The default female voice is a little robotic sounding, but definitely passable. Combined with a huge and bright screen, this is probably the best part of this Kenwood unit.

I added both the Bluetooth speakerphone module and the Sirius satellite radio module. The individual boxes are small (about 1.5" thick and 4" x 4" width. But the cabling -- holy cow. I think I've got 12+ total feet of interconnect cabling that I had to fold up and zip tie. That is in addition to the Sirius, GPS and microphone cables.

The Kenwood Bluetooth module is a little disappointing. Even with the nice microphone they provide (it is on the end of a 8' thin wire, so you can put it just about anywhere), the sound quality is pretty tinny. You can hear the other party on the call quite well through the passenger front speaker only -- they do this to reduce feedback -- and it sounds ok. But most people you talk to will complain that they can hear a lot of background and engine noise. There is no noise cancellation or VOX, so they will even hear the background noise when you are not talking. Not suitable for conference calls unless you mute...

The Sirius module works great -- excellent signal reception even if you put the antenna inside the windshield. Occasionally will drop signal if under a bridge -- I'm sure it would be better if antenna were outside. But again, the user interface on the head unit makes use of Sirius a little frustrating. You can save favorites, scroll through the channel listings, etc., but it just isn't as easy to use as Sirius units I've had in my BMW or my Stilletto2.

You can easily short the parking indicator wire, so it is easy to enable DVD playback for your passengers. But aside from testing, I've never needed to watch a DVD while driving (probably a good thing).

I didn't buy the iPod adapter, but given my experience so far, I would guess that it would probably sound fine, but be frustrating to use. Again, the UI is the major disappointment with this unit...
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April 26, 2009 works great, but not with all phones
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Phil from San Bernardino
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This worked perfectly with my old phone. What a great convenience when driving. But does not work with my 3G Iphone.
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April 7, 2009 Decent Bluetooth
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Joseph from Portland, OR
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Once you get this working it performs well. If you have an older laptop, it is difficult to perform the updates to the software. The only way to update the software is to use a bluetooth connection. My laptop doesn't have a bluetooth connection, so I had to go out and purchase a usb bluetooth device. Once you get the unit updated, it performs fairly well.
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