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Consumer Reports Tests Inexpensive Bluetooth Devices

5:43 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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Most cars now come with bluetooth technology built in so you can talk hands-free. Talking while driving is not ideal, but sometimes it can't be avoided.

Now, there are lots of bluetooth devices made for older cars. Consumer Reports just checked out four inexpensive devices.
Testers looked bluetooth kits for older cars that cost $60 or less. There were some pluses and minuses.

The GOgroove FlexSMART X2 was easy to install because it's wireless. But the audio quality wasn't great. There was a lot of background noise.

On the other hand, kits like the Belkin Caraudio Connect Aux sounded really good because they plug directly in. A plus is you can talk or play music from your phone through the car's speakers.

"That one won't work unless you have an auxiliary jack," said Consumer Reports' Jim Travers. "It does have very good audio quality, but you're also of course going to have a bunch of wires in the car, and you do need to semi-permanently mount it."

The easiest to install are self-contained devices that clip on the visor - no wires. You could hear calls clearly with two - the Jaba Journey and Motorola Roaster 2. And you can play music through your car's audio system with the motorola kit.

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