• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea, some improvements needed

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    I was looking for a good quality way to connect my iPhone4 to my 2007 Subaru Outback and have a bluetooth speakerphone without spending too much money (I have a Pioneer AVH3200BT in my STi and it is perfect but pricey). The Belkin Aircast is a good alternative. Set-up is easy, there is plenty of cord to connect the power and Aux-in cable to the center console and have the Bluetooth speaker on the dash. When powered on it automatically connects to the iPhone4 and plays the last audio track instantly (which can be a pain since I have the Alarm Clock app set to certain music and that's where it starts off). The sound over bluetooth is excellent without any hissing and calls are clear, no complaints from the person on the other end either. However, if you want to listen to the car's radio or CD you will not hear your phone if it rings (you need to turn the Belkin off to hear it or switch to Aux)! I guess you could stream radio from your iPhone but that means you have to rely on 3G streaming. Or keep your iPhone in line of sight with a Proclip Dash mount (which is my plan). Overall a good product for the money.

    169 of 192 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Awesome

    • Written by from Edmonds

    Hooked this up to my 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid with my iPhone and it sounds great with both calls and (especially) audio. This is the third bluetooth option I have tried for audio through my speakers with stock stereo.. This is the FIRST of those options that produced ZERO static. HIGHLY recommended!

    137 of 150 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Track skip DOES work!

    • Written by from WINCHESTER

    To all of you who have stated that track skip does not work, the trick is to not double press to go forward too quickly. If you press DA_DA rather than d-da, so a small gap in between, it will work. Trust me, I use this method all the time.

    No issues with my unit either, but placing circular receiver carefully will pay dividends for interference avoidance on phone calls. Some modern cars have electronics in the cabin which will interefere with the bluetooth bandwidth. Take your walkabout landline in the car, turn down the car stereo and listen to your cellphone through the landline phone, moving receiver to optimum position for accessibility and interference.

    Music over A2DP Bluetooth in Volvo C30 High Performance Audio is very acceptable indeed.
    Hope this all helps.

    128 of 135 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product

    • Written by from Calgary

    Bought this for our 2009 Hyundai Santa FE Limited Edition. Easy setup, great quality audio, and the blue ring is actually a perfect match for the stereo/lights in our truck. Only niggle would be that the cord is extremely long. Should be two cords, one short and one long. Other than that, works great!

    81 of 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Great for Music!

    • Written by from Houston

    I bought this because I'm sick of plugging in to a wired auxiliary connection. I can't tell a difference in the audio quality (wired vs this Bluetooth), and I'd say I have pretty good taste in audio. I saw a review from an audio engineer who recommended this product; I'd say his was a very good review. I put off buying this for a year because I was worried it would sound like the old FM transmitters. Thankfully, it sounds like its plugged straight in. Pairing seems easy enough, setup was fine (I have an RCA aux input on my Pioneer CD Player), plenty of extra wire which I just tucked away. I haven't tried the skip and other features, or attempted a phone call using this device. But I have a Bluetooth headset, so I'm not really concerned about the possibility of hearing an echo on a phone call (which seems pretty likely, but again, untested with this device.)

    82 of 84 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    echo on the other end of the line

    • Written by from Петрозаводск

    Good product. But the problemm is that ther is a awfull echo. People who call me hears themselves. How can i fix it?

    77 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    iphone + aux in = get this adapter (for calls or music)

    • Written by from Fairfield

    In short: it does what it says and it does it very well. I can barely fault it.

    I'm using with an iphone 4S, IOS 5.0.1. Here's a longer run down of what it does an how it does it:
    (I've put in a bit of detail because the instructions for use aren't great)

    Pairing - no problems. very simple instructions
    Connecting - Need to press Aircast button to pair after switching on the car. Pairing is quick.
    Music - Short press to get last track to play/pause. Short press + 2 second press to go to next track. The sound quality for music is much better than I expected. I've tried other Bluetooth and FM adapters for music and have always been disappointed by the quality.
    Siri - 2 second press to fire up Siri and ask her whatever stupid request you've got.
    Calls - Use Siri or phone controls to dial. Call quality was very good at both ends.

    Cons:
    - Siri volume is too loud, and a little distorted. I'd say this is a phone issue though.
    - I need to speak louder for Siri to register than I do for calls
    - RRP $ is a bit too much.

    Tips:
    - make sure your iphone volume is all the way up. adjust using car stereo volume.
    - the wires for the aircast are really thin which makes it easy to squeeze into joins/cracks of the dash or hide how you like. Included extension cable is handy, if you need it.

    36 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best solution for bluetooth audio + phone functionality on the market

    • Written by from Danville

    Bought the air cast because it "just made sense" to me as a technician/audio engineer. Wasn't disappointed. Audio quality is near indiscernible from straight aux plug-in (i'm an audio engineer.. i would know!). Transistions between phone, music, music-control is seamless and simple.

    Next track does work - you just have to get the timing right - and you don't' always get it right. it just takes a couple tries and you get it. Hardly that much of a pain!.. just *tap* slight pause *tap*. No "back to beginning" or "previous track" command though which is too bad.

    My first AirCast broke down after 6 mos (but probably more a function of the cable getting pinched too hard too many times from my center console (where the power/aux plug is) to the front dashboard where i place the mic/bluetooth receiver. I tried other products to see if any were better ~ and none of them came close . So I bought a 2nd AirCast and am babying it this time to make sure it lasts me a long long time.

    Trust me.. you aren't going to find one that sounds this good, and is this versatile, and is this easy to use on the market.

    35 of 35 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Echo

    • Written by from Naperville

    The product concept is great, however it does not work well. After the setup, which went 1-2-3 with the 4S, I made a call and all you could here was an echo on the receiving end. I was able to hear everything fine, but it was so unbearable on the other end that we had to end the call. Tried calling two other number(land line and cell) and still had the same issue. Had the volume on my phone all the way up. Not sure if there is a fix for this issue, but I just picked this up yesterday, and will be bringing it back today. Highly disappointing after seeing all the good reviews, and I do hope that there is a fix.

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great feature set, questionable mic quality

    • Written by from Santa Clara

    I'm a huge car-audio fan. I once ripped apart the dashboard to self-add an auxiliary jack to my Prius after finding instructions online.

    I've also tried several different car kits for my iPhone in the past, all over the dock connector to provide audio output and a charge at the same time. I picked this because it was the only product I could find that also provided the ability to place calls over the car speakers. I love AirCast based on simplicity of setup and feature set alone, but have two major complaints that prevented me from giving it five stars.

    1) When I listen to music, I skip the track a lot. The past car kits had remotes that made this easy, but AirCast has a single button and two-tap gesture to advance tracks. However, when I double tap advance, I instinctively do it a little too quickly, and thus it pauses the music. I've had to retrain myself to click slower in order for an advance to register.

    2) When dictating over Siri or placing a call, sometimes people complain about audio quality. Siri certainly gets a lot more of my dictation correct when using the built-in iPhone mic, so there's a little bit to be concerned about here.

    Overall, it's a great product. I've already recommended it to a few other people, but you should be weary if you need it a lot for dictation or if call audio quality is EXTREMELY important to you.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the best handsfree call & music stream devices

    • Written by from San Jose

    This device works great for me. It is very simple to use, does what I need it to do, and does not distract me away from driving my car. It works like this: I get into my car, press the button once to pair the Aircast to my iPhone, and it pairs up in 2 seconds. I then press the button again and my music starts streaming from my Pandora station right where it left off from my last trip... awesome! Calls come through clear with no complaints from the other caller, and the music quality is pretty good too. Some people think that double-clicking for skipping a song does not work, but it does in fact work. You just have to double-click the button like you are giving CPR or to the rhythm of the song "Stayin' Alive". I was nervous about the aux cord reaching from the power source to the jack, and I was relieved to find a aux extension cable in the box, so you don't need to worry about that. This device is probably better than a factory installed Bluetooth hands free calling system, because it is so simple to use. I would give it 5 stars if it consistently picked up my music immediately after pairing with my phone. For some reason it played immediately for me the first few times I used it, then it stopped... but pressing the button again is honestly not that difficult, and in some circumstances is much better than blasting your partner with the music from your last car ride. :-)

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for all with AUX.

    • Written by from Markham

    This is the product that I was looking for while. It plays the music from my iPhone4 through Bluetooth. The sound quality is great; you cannot tell the difference between directly wire input and Bluetooth Stream. Installation takes 1 minute, and very easy. I can also answer incoming calls by pressing the Belkin. The voices are clear on both sides. It works for iPad as well with great sound quality. So, kids can play movie using the car audio. This is a good product that links my phone and car audio; and much better than FM transmitter. Now I don’t have to trade in my car…

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A fantastic buy!

    • Written by from London

    After trying a $20 adapter from Monoprice for this purpose (which failed miserably), I bit the bullet and bought this for my '94 Accord (with an upgraded system). The sound quality is nearly flawless for music. Highs and lows come through great, but I feel like it's compressing a bit in the loud parts. Still, amazing sound.

    Quality in Voice Control is MUCH lower, but that's because Voice Control falls back to HSP/HFP Bluetooth profiles for this, and doesn't use A2DP. Voice quality was fine for me, and the device recognized my speech well. Voice Control can be used to specify an album, or ask the time, which are handy features.

    Voice Control DOES work by pushing the button for two seconds. Pushing longer will unpair the phone, so just push for two seconds and release, and it'll work.

    Bluetooth pairing is easy as can be... AND it remembers more than one device. I connected my iPhone and iPad (in that order), then took the iPad away from the car. Pushing the main button made it connect to the iPhone.

    Added features: included magnetic mount, and USB port for charging on the 12v plug.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Bluetooth solution under $100 for a car!

    • Written by from Northridge

    Installation is simple and product is easy to use.
    Audio quality is good. Better than an FM transmitter, equal to or slightly lower quality than a wired auxiliary connection, but obviously not as good as a factory installed solution.
    Call quality is decent, but placement of the transmitter is key. Place it as close to your mouth as possible.
    It works with Siri, and Voice Control for older generation iPhones.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect.

    • Written by from Elkton

    My Alpine receiver is showing it's age (2004), and after trying their proprietary Bluetooth enabler with negative results, I gave this guy a try. Within 15 minutes I was up and running (Using a Monster RCA-1/8" jack coming from the AUX port). My friends are impressed with the sound quality and I am happy with the price.

    The only downfall is the mic. It's horrid. I don't even attempt to answer calls with the Aircast anymore.

    That's what my Bose Bluetooth earpiece is for :)

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly!

    • Written by from Yorba Linda

    I love being able to play music in my car through the Aux connection without plugging in my iPhone 5.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with iPhone 4s except...

    • Written by from Bolingbrook

    Worked as advertised. The sound quality is great. As noted in other reviews, it takes bait of practice to get the right hold time to activate Siri, too short a time it justed pauses your music, to long and it disconnects from the phone. My biggest complaint is with Siri which is the only flaw keeping this from being a perfect solution. Siri comes out very low quality and a little distorted. Siri also is not able to understand very many commands from the Belkin microphone. It just becomes frustrating and I eventually gave up. But foramused this is a awesome solution.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best accessory ever.

    • Written by from Medford

    It does everything it says it does. I love how I can leave my iPhone 4 in my pocket, and listen to my iTunes or Spotify playlists by only pushing one button.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by

    Perfect tool for my car, neat and makes the use of my iPhone super easy

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice product!

    • Written by from Cleveland

    It was simple to setup and pair to the 4S. The sound is crystal clear. I was using a cheap "Y" cable that had an audio out and USB connection, but the static was annoying. The AirCast is great because if I'm driving a short distance the phone can just stay in my pocket. Another nice thing is that with the auto play I don't have to take my gloves off on cold mornings to use the phone or start my music. Once I get the track skipping figured out I'll love it even more.

    18 of 20 people found this useful