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Adding Bluetooth to 08 VLX stereo


Tommytee

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9 hours ago, Tommytee said:

is there a bluetooth adapter that will work by plugging in to the USB or Aux?

How does the AUX connect to the headunit?

I had the JL Audio MBT-RX in my last boat and it was fantastic. It’s just a Bluetooth dongle with rca outs. If you only have a 3.5mm headphone Jack input, you’d need a converter cable. 

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On 6/5/2022 at 7:09 PM, Tommytee said:

is there a bluetooth adapter that will work by plugging in to the USB or Aux?

They all plug into aux somehow, but also need good power/ground.  These more permanent ones are way better than other options, but you CAN go with the cheapo dongle version from amazon.  They just don't work as well.

I highly recommend the wetsounds knob version.  Gives the driver skip/pause functionality when someone else in the boat picks a crappy song.

https://wetsounds.com/WW-BT-VC-V2/

If you REALLY want to make this dialed, i also installed a delay relay on the power to the Bluetooth knob.  That way, the phone remains connected for a period of time when starting the boat, or flipping the key from run to acc, and eliminates the need for the phone/knob to repair each time.  A bit spendy, but worth it in my opinion.

 

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B003C508XO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 

 

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On 6/6/2022 at 7:31 AM, shawndoggy said:

I had the JL Audio MBT-RX in my last boat and it was fantastic. It’s just a Bluetooth dongle with rca outs. If you only have a 3.5mm headphone Jack input, you’d need a converter cable. 

I have the same one, which is also identical to the Exile Audio version, so buy whatever is cheaper.  Works really well.  I have it installed as a backup now as my Fusion head unit has Bluetooth built-in that (post firmware update) works well.

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