did we get anywhere with the possibility of adapting the Euro spec vehicles with integrated nokia handset?
I will be installing the bluestar solution from Keith in the very near future and will be running a thin headphone wire from the trunk area to an adapter in the glove box. I am looking for ideas on how to route the cable. I have recently received the VW maintenance CD to tell me how to remove things like the seats and such.
"The main difference between a VW Phaeton and something like the S-Class, both of which are very large, very advanced German automobiles, is that one seems like a pitiless cyborg, while the other, dare I say, has soul." - Justin Couture - Automobile.com review (http://www.auto123.com/en/volkswagen/phaeton/2006/review?carid=1066301001&artid=58804)
Another quick note to report that the BluesStar kit for Phaeton with sw version 12-0311 made the transition to iPhone OS 6.0 with no issues.
Furthermore, I've experienced several Bluetooth handsfree devices and BlueStar is one of the fastest to pick up calls (i.e., from the moment the iPhone detects a call to the moment the Phaeton speaker starts ringing) and to identify that a call has ended (if due to AT&T network failure) and go back to regular audio. The BlueStar certainly is much, much faster than the Parrot Mki9200 in our Touareg, for instance.
I'm still very much enjoying the BlueStar in our Phaeton. Making/receiving phone calls and of course talking to Siri hands free on my iPhone 4S work great.
But Apple screwed up with the way they support Bluetooth with the new IOS 6 Maps app. The good news is that if you want to hear the new turn-by-turn directions supported by Maps, you can tell Maps to send the audio via Bluetooth to the BlueStar, rather than out of the iPhone's little speaker.
But the bad news is that Apple chose the A2DP Bluetooth profile for turn-by-turn audio. This means that unless you've run a stereo cable from the BlueStar unit in the Phaeton's trunk to connect to the glovebox CD changer input (as I suspect very few Phaeton owners have done yet), you won't hear any turn-by-turn directions.
And even if you do eventually run the cable, it means that you can't listen to the Phaeton's radio while also listening for occasional turn-by-turn directions. Note that this problem applies to ALL cars with Bluetooth, not just a Phaeton with BlueStar. The fix is for Apple to have turn-by-turn direction audio use the same non-A2DP Bluetooth profile used by Siri and phone calls, so that directions will temporarily interrupt music/talk on the radio. (And you won't need to run the cable in your Phaeton.)
Just one more annoyance of Apple's immature new Maps app on IOS 6...
Last edited by uberanalyst; 10-07-2012 at 12:04 AM.
BlueSTAR II r.5 is now shipping, with better noise cancelling components, and a of course the fully operational A2DP stereo out capability.
For A2DP connectivity, the auto-sensing source switch is sadly no longer available from LogJam, however another Vortexer (a GTI owner) with a BlueSTAR has located the same product sold by another retailer. If it piques your interest, here's a link.
On a humorous note: I have become quite fond of receiving text messages from my 6-year-old daughter on my wife's iPad or iPhone and having Siri read them aloud. I get a chuckle when Siri's voice says "when are you coming back with lunch, Daddy?"
Here's to everyone is riding and dialing and getting things done with safety and comfort in your Phaetons using BlueSTAR this year!
Last edited by keithwbloom; 01-04-2013 at 12:14 PM.
Anyone try this kit yet. I was told by Enfig car stereo that this is the kit that will allow you to tap the cd player and bluetooth the phone with A2DP functions. Only $155.00 plus $30 for the AUD2-TO-VWT cable.
Best Buy will install it for $50.
I'll let you know how it goes.
just catching up w/ this thread. I've been happy with my dice ipod connector (from enfig) and my $40 diy bluetooth solution (thanks to dlouie) installed in 2008 - but the connection has become a bit tempermental.
is the new enfig module the most cost effective bt phone option?
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Last edited by keithwbloom; 03-14-2013 at 11:03 AM.
"This thread is for BlueStar II conversion for the Phaeton OE Onstar telematics system. If you want to discuss other Bluetooth options, please start a comparison thread."
Keith.. just for clarification...the sole purpose of this thread to help you sell your product to phaeton owners... and I cannot ask questions regarding other options.
Is that the message that you sending?
There are inumerable threads on the forum on adding a bluetooth to the Phaeton.
Here are a few:
If you look at the table of contents, there are many threads listed there as well.
In the first post on this thread, Keith notes:
I can understand how he feels when this thread was hijacked. I believe that this accounts for his post.I am starting this thread to de-clutter the "Enabling Bluetooth Control of Cell Phone via OnStar buttons using 'Costar' module" discussion thread that was compiled during the development and testing phase of a VW Bluestar solution for Phaetons.
I also want to go on record that Keith's clever modification, which has added immeasurably to my own enjoyment of the Phaeton, uses a product made by CoStar Technology. Keith's modifications that allow this product to work with our Phaetons was supplied by him at a nominal cost. He is not "selling" his product here.
There were many places on the forum where you could discuss the enfig option; there are threads touting the benefit of other enfig mods. You chose to post on this thread instead, which is your right, but in the process hijacked the thread. When called on this, you attack the motivations of the person calling you out.
In my opinion, your comments are way out of line.
Folks, let us keep up our usual high levels of courtesy and cheerfulness. There was one post by a very new forum member, who had only been with us for four days, on the subject of Bluetooth hardware, which is what this thread covers.
If the diversion had been over meeting up for a coffee to discuss Bluetooth no-one would have blinked an eye. This is a friendly discussion forum with high standards of personal interaction, where no-one 'owns' a thread (with the possible exception of sponsors who help pay for the show).
It is quite fair to request to start a different thread for the different Bluetooth hardware from that named in the title, but the first post was 5 pages back.
Since I do not personally have a Phaeton, many who have purchased and installed one of my GM BlueSTAR adaptations for their Phaetons have posted their discoveries and helpful tips from an owner/installer perspective.
In turn, I have provided installations for several local Phaeton-philes, and whenever possible, have further documented the more difficult aspects of the installation here. And I have continued to use this thread over the last two years to answer questions from owner/installers about installation process or accessory options.
So my request was merely an effort to promote focus and maintain clarity as well as in the interest of helping your question reach a broader audience in an alternate, more appropriately titled discussion thread.
I received a second question about the system you mentioned via PM on another forum (Audizine, S4 and RS6 owners love Their BlueSTARs.) If you do get a conversation going about Enfig components, I would be curious to learn more about how they could possibly work in parallel with the BlueSTAR module's capabilities.
Good luck with your research. In the end, if you decide you want a BlueSTAR for your Phaeton, come back around and look me up.
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Got my unit today. Great turn around time from Keith, (Friday to Friday). It took about 40 min to install. Not a bad install, just some delicate wires with very small printing.
-When I make a call, the other end can not hear me.
- Can't get the iPhone to stream through the car. It show the car as an option, but when selected, no sound comes out of the car, but does continue through the phones speakers
- Can't hear anything through the car, it's as though the unit is being blocked out from the phone. Only when I turn off the Bluetooth on the phone does the unit return sound from the stereo.
Any one got any ideas?
If it's a newer unit, it should do streaming. I've had mine installed for quite a while and it does A2DP just fine, although the sound output is mono due to car limitations.
Have you tried anything other than an iPhone? My installation didn't work initially, but after looking closely at the wires I think I had two of them mixed up.
Will check the wires again. As for the unit, I assume its a new unit, as I just received it yesterday. By new, I mean with the latest upgraded software.
Still don't understand what needs to be selected in order for it to stream audio?
Also, why the car stereo is muted, even if the phone is not in use or the phones music is not selected.
I have the same problem. Everything works except the microphone part.
I can hear perfectly, no one can hear me. I push the voice command on my phone and the acknowledgement beep comes through the radio, but the mike is not operational for me to issue commands. We have been in the trunk so many times to get this to work and rechecked and reseated the wires over 20 times at this point. I loved the idea but now feel it was a waste of money and time. The last thing I can think of is to make the 800 mile round trip to Virginia and give Keith a chance to figure it out. That will be a very pricey additional cost on top of what I have already spent.
And what do you select on your head unit in order to do this, the CD player, any disc?
Last edited by ernieo; 04-06-2013 at 01:59 PM.
i have a question about the bluestar ...i recently purchased the kit from...keith and installation went good but i have no sound from the kit in the car..it syncs fine with my phone and the buttons on the onstar work like they should but my car does not recognize the system..the infotainment system doesnot even display phone in the dash..nore can i control the volume from the steering wheel...i check all the settings on the blue star unit..via my pc and volume is maxed....the bluestar can make and receive calls to my car but i have no sound in the car and my radio does not change when their is an incomig call...any ideas or suggetions........i am going to run a diagnostic with my vag-com to see if any faults..with the telematics..but any suggestions would be greatful