Car Tech: Need Bluetooth hands free for the car? Consider a new radio
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Car Tech: Need Bluetooth hands free for the car? Consider a new radio

My first thought  to provide Bluetooth hands free in the car is one of those portable units that hang on the sun visor. That was until I dropped in to see Dan Perlman at JD Car Stereo in Dorval. He suggested the Alpine CDE-126BT – Bluetooth CD RECEIVER / USB AND iPod® CONTROLLER.

At a little over $300 including installation it is more than double the price of the portable units but Dan suggests the benefits of changing the radio head unit are worth the additional cost.

What you end up with is a device that looks and acts like it is part of the car…CD player with MP3 capability AM/FM radio Bluetooth hands free calling with a built in Parrot of the leaders in Bluetooth technology… a digital display plus USB and iDevice connectivity

Alpine CDE-126BT – Bluetooth CD RECEIVER / USB AND iPod® CONTROLLER sells for $249 and installation is about $65.

If you are going to mess with your car’s electronics with a device like this I strongly recommend a specialized shop such as Dan Perlman’s JD Car Stereo where you can be assured they have the right equipment to do a clean install that will work.


Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

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