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Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« on: June 28, 2020, 04:46:05 PM »
Hi,

I have an RCD300, for which I have read some threads on the alternative head unit options, but my other half would rather keep the original stereo, and certainly wants the CD player kept  :confused:, so instead I am looking at other unobtrusive options.

I have read somewhere on here that the Dension Gateway Lite BT (approx £105) would be a good option, but the only people I can find who supply and fit (approx £204) have very mixed reviews (car communications.co.uk).

1) Has anyone got one of these, and are you pleased with it?
2) Can anyone recommend a mobile fitter in the SE who could fit one?
3) Are there any other / better options?

Thanks in advance,
Si.

PS. I cannot search for answers on this, as search doesn't seem to work for me, do I have to make a certain number of posts for that to be enabled??


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Re: Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2020, 12:32:42 PM »
I put one of these in the boot, works gear for calls and music

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wireless-Bluetooth-Transmitter-In-Car-FM-Radio-LCD-MP3-Player-USB-TF-AUX-Slot/174251787687?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item28923745a7:g:BzEAAOSwFG1elws-&enc=AQAFAAACYBaobrjLl8XobRIiIML1V4Imu%2Fn%2BzU5L90Z278x5ickkSG%2BOFgrj2Yvbvmrj2TAdM%2By6Polad6mUAZCqE0geW4ZUeFQ80EuEUNKNyf5fOgZ2UT6Dbj%2Bw6hBXwYXHejYvAlh7jZHXhCzRMubxvDTUH55TloEV9ep5vbUDd8Zu%2FksyQ%2FELpwVic1CnnmmwNxQepdD6iSrV6e4WPsyIwIdQ8lhzrDfxcgRqls2MeLlrV%2BDhoKrKSVygTtnuNKNmEreCswuymHW%2FTkBtHhLm81ZBzfRhyGnCa26q3SDKy3xZHT%2Bbi6wX0K2KgnXVC0m%2FyEKGv%2B01U8tbqocwd9hLUuaOK9spuuz2G9ZEnPHF9NbjmSDN74e8hFqSoF1T8ajN4RwrJEman8N9hXDGzdvQYLl%2B0bXpSDCYiDrSQglizDnCKgVXD%2Bn6FEGUdEhDlvhLxTYzDNi%2BLEUNUtoZwulQV%2FpRYYjN8zjtjgiD2ggJtbwAEOF7y1VuXKFb7LNAAFJd4g2Z5ga4CZChw37tPSS7eXyxEOT9FqEKV0EMlP8WqKnuSfccA%2FvvMxOxobwyeKhsetmLDXvxPe9HWQ%2BoIU88eEK%2BsJjjbqw4K2Ow%2FE18m1isoqK6d1AuZje6JDabWgfYl5GOqGkp6HNeex%2FntnHbvJXGRUerzPDB1oqDugOxZ9XETdtqogcv1JP7TPXFCnEhrB1VrGukS%2Fgj3bhSlNBLH2nf8FOVCHirQGSSLdG7bdEZs%2FQ7YztgEk004NqIqUqk9yB%2Bz%2FNvuK%2FKKmgzGrhIeX7nWlH94EjDBnEn09Tkm4AdSt3Q&checksum=17425178768744457a260c3e40db8ded59e5be834179

Thanks...I had something like this years ago...so I guess you plug it into the boot cigarette lighter slot, connect the phone to it by bluetooth, and then set a frequency for the radio to pick up?

No wires required at all?
Is the sound quality acceptable?
With the one I had I would find that there was interference between the radio and the transmitter, or the frequency would need changing.


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Re: Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2020, 02:26:36 PM »
exactly that, pop it in connect your phones bluetooth, i the mine to a Fm that noone near me uses and away you go. quality isn't fantastic for calls but music is ace, i normally use spotify or or the radio X app. dont get me wrong, its not as good as a new headunit, but you can get them foe like £5 so could be a good temp solution

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Re: Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2020, 06:42:56 AM »
So this transmits via FM? No aux in required?
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Re: Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2020, 11:53:43 AM »
nope connect to the transmitter by AUX or bluetooth, it then transmits to an FM frequency, then tune your stereo ti it.

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Re: Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2020, 12:03:56 PM »
I have ordered one thanks, will let you know how I get on.

Would be amusing if I have spent untold hours looking into this for it to be solved for £10  :grin:

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Re: Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2020, 02:27:46 AM »
@GTIDAZ that's what i meant I should have worded it better, I've ordered one too will feedback when in use:-)

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Re: Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2020, 12:26:44 PM »
Mine has arrived, but I cannot get it to work  :sad1:

It says it will automatically be available when switched on, but my iPhone11 does not have it as an option in the Bluetooth discoverable area.
any ideas? Cheers

Update : It's working now, not sure why it didn't on my first try.
Sound seems passable, but not tried it out on the road yet.
Hoping to use it if I drive to France in a few weeks time, when I will be able to give a better review
« Last Edit: July 08, 2020, 02:36:53 PM by jacksosi »

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Re: Adding bluetooth for music/handsfree to an RCD300
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2020, 03:08:53 PM »
Good news, have you tried using it for calls?
Max