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post #1 of 5
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I have a 2005 Ford F150 with the stock radio. Its a 6 CD changer/and has a upgrade which included a sub.

I now have a Droid and want to take full advantage of its bluetooth and internet capabilities. I need a aux jack(headphone jack) to plug phone in and be able to listen to Pandora. Plus being able to answer calls and have them go through the speakers of the truck via bluetooth would be nice.

I'm trying to see what my options are to achieve what I'm looking to do.

Motorola is coming out with a device called the Roadster which is a bluetooth/FM transmitter for around $100. Listening to Pandora in the wife's car that has a aux jack sounded great and don't want to loose quality going the FM transmitter way if its not going to sound as good.

Just having a aux jack installed is around $200.

So my question is, are there some options out there for car stereo's that will fit my needs and which ones are the good ones?

I plan on keeping everything else stock for now and just want the new stereo.
post #2 of 5
Not sure if I am understanding what you want, but I will try to give you my 2 cents.

If FM radio gives you adequate sound quality then the FM transmitter should work ok for you. Just remember that should you drive a lot the odds that you will hit a FM station greatly increase so you will be changing the station for the transmitter.

For 200 bucks, getting a new aftermarket head unit with bluetooth should be pretty easy to find. You would lose your 6 disk changer but is sounds like the droid is replacing that anyway. I suggest getting a headunit that has bluetooth and a front mounted usb input. This would/should allow you to play your phone though the radio and also charge your phone.

I suggest using Crutchfield as they include a mounting kit and wire harness kit along with the instructions for your truck. Makes it pretty much idiot proof in installing and they have pretty good tech support.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks...

I pretty much think getting a whole new stereo with what I need is better than spending money on a FM transmitter that might not sound that good or $100-200 for a aux jack installed.

I'm looking at either a Pioneer DEH-P6200BT or Pioneer AVH-P3200BT which adds touch screen and DVD.

Is Pioneer a respectable brand in the Auto electronics world?
Is there comparable brands with models similar to the two I listed that might be cheaper?
post #4 of 5
Yes. Pioneer makes a good product. Both the models you listed are very nice.

Also look at:

http://www.crutchfield.com/s_500CDE1...T.html?tp=5684

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113BT64...U.html?tp=5684

Basically it will come down to if you want the DVD or not.
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by BMLocal175 View Post
Is Pioneer a respectable brand in the Auto electronics world?
Pioneer, Alpine, Kenwood, Sony, Blaupunkt, JVC and Clarion all make good receivers. Any of these would be better then FM AUX adapter setup.

I run Pioneer myself because they play nice with iPods. One thing to remember about touch screens is they are difficult to use in a vehicle since you can not make adjustments by feeling for buttons, so if you go that route see if they offer a remote.
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