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Old 29th July 2017, 12:03   #16
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Hi Dpaul, am keen to hear of your Rs 10/- fix for the tantra wires. I'd like a clean setup & the only thing with the Roidmi is the extra adaptor for the civic else I'd just go for it
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Hi all.

The solution I spoke about in my earlier post is just a 'juggad'. It does not totally eliminate the sight of wires. What it does is that the wires are held more closer to the dashboard so that they do not tangle or come in the way of the driver or passenger during normal operations.

What I did is that I bought a Rs 5/- feviquick super glue and another Rs 5/- worth of velcro strips. Then I stuck a strip of velco under the dash with feviquick. Then I made some loops with velcro and passed the wires of the kit through those loops. After that it was a simple job of sticking the loops with the strip.

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And I have also solved the auto resume after disconnection. I bought PowerAMP player from Google Play Store. It supports auto resume of playback when bluetooth device is reconnected.
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I'm curious to know if anyone has tried the Amazon Basics Bluetooth Handsfree Kit. (http://www.amazon.in/AmazonBasics-Bl...sics+bluetooth)

I've tried a bunch of Amazon Basics products - Earphones, Laptop Sleeves, Cables, they all seem to be of really good quality.
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I'm curious to know if anyone has tried the Amazon Basics Bluetooth Handsfree Kit. (http://www.amazon.in/AmazonBasics-Bl...sics+bluetooth)

I've tried a bunch of Amazon Basics products - Earphones, Laptop Sleeves, Cables, they all seem to be of really good quality.
This particular device is for 1,499 right now for amazon, thanks to the ongoing sale.
Im debating between this, the tantra fluke and the kinivo btc450.
Shocker is, the same amazonbasics bluetooth kit is listed for USD4.18 on amazon USA, and does not have very good reviews there.
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This particular device is for 1,499 right now for amazon, thanks to the ongoing sale.
Im debating between this, the tantra fluke and the kinivo btc450.
Shocker is, the same amazonbasics bluetooth kit is listed for USD4.18 on amazon USA, and does not have very good reviews there.
Thanks a ton for pointing this out! 4.18 USD translates to roughly 260 INR. The current price of 1,499 INR is nearly 6 times that. The Kinivo retails for about 35.99 USD i.e. 2300 odd INR, whereas it retails for 1899 INR on Amazon.in. I'd rather pick up the Amazon Basics one when I'm in the US next. I think 4 USD is an affordable experiment.
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And I have also solved the auto resume after disconnection. I bought PowerAMP player from Google Play Store. It supports auto resume of playback when bluetooth device is reconnected.
I am using the Kinivo BTC 450 on my Honda City (2011) for more than a year. I've figured out another solution for the dangling wire thingy. My solution works especially well for the City, which has the USB port (for pen drive) and the aux port hidden well inside a compartment in the dash.

Well, the idea is that the stereo's USB port already has a nice 5V power which can be used to power the bluetooth device, so why bother running a wire from the cigarette lighter socket to your stereo. Rather, you can just use a short male to female USB cable, splice off the wire in the middle to expose the (+) and (-) and just connect your bluetooth device's power to this wire. You still get to use your pen drive while your bluetooth gets power from the same USB port (minus the wire dangling to your cigarette lighter socket).

In my case, the BTC450 didnt have a USB power option (unlike the Tantra), so I had to cut the wires anyway. If you have the Tantra(or any other adapter with USB power option), you could just get a USB Y cable with 2 female + 1 male, and you should be good to go.

I'll let a couple of pictures do the talking. Please pardon the hideous looking USB cables ; they are from another spliced USB cable I already had from a previous DIY !!

Earlier I used to stick the Bluetooth module to my dash, but my 2 year old son kept pulling it off, so now I just leave it resting on top of the dash.
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I am using the Kinivo BTC 450 on my Honda City (2011) for more than a year. I've figured out another solution for the dangling wire thingy. My solution works especially well for the City, which has the USB port (for pen drive) and the aux port hidden well inside a compartment in the dash.
Your jugaad purpose is to use both USB and BTC together?
I own a City 2011 and have the same setup for USB and Aux as yours.I was thinking the Tantra can be powered by the USB port inside the dash and Aux cable plugged in next to it and this way the cables would be tucked in the case and the receiver be kept in a comfortable hearing position?
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Your jugaad purpose is to use both USB and BTC together?
I own a City 2011 and have the same setup for USB and Aux as yours.I was thinking the Tantra can be powered by the USB port inside the dash and Aux cable plugged in next to it and this way the cables would be tucked in the case and the receiver be kept in a comfortable hearing position?
Yeah. You can do that but then you wont be able to use the USB without unplugging the Tantra.

I wanted to use both USB and BTC together and also BTC does not have a USB power input (like your Tantra). It has a wire running directly all the way to the cigarette lighter power adapter, so I had to cut that cable anyways so that I could power it from USB.
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Yeah. You can do that but then you wont be able to use the USB without unplugging the Tantra.

I wanted to use both USB and BTC together and also BTC does not have a USB power input (like your Tantra). It has a wire running directly all the way to the cigarette lighter power adapter, so I had to cut that cable anyways so that I could power it from USB.
Usage of a USB to play music is not required since the Tantra can play it from Mobile. Only hiccup is on how the audio quality would be.
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I havent used the Tantra but I've read very good reviews about it's audio quality. I'm using BTC and its audio quality is fantastic. It's as good as playing music through USB.

I'm guessing Tantra should be equally good. Obviously no difference in quality whether you are powering it from the stereo's USB or cigarette lighter USB.
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Ive been using the Tantra Fluke in my i10 for over 2 months now. The only issue I have is a ground loop noise, which is caused by different power sources for the cigarette lighter charger and the stereo. It can be solved by adding a ground loop isolator, but the noise does not bother me so much.

Otherwise, the sound quality is absolutely fantastic :-D
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Ive been using the Tantra Fluke in my i10 for over 2 months now. The only issue I have is a ground loop noise, which is caused by different power sources for the cigarette lighter charger and the stereo. It can be solved by adding a ground loop isolator, but the noise does not bother me so much.

Otherwise, the sound quality is absolutely fantastic :-D
I've heard about this ground loop problem in some cars, but fortunately I never had this problem in my City. Sound quality for me is amazing. I was thinking I should have bought this long back
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I tried using the Tantra Fluke. When it works, it works magnificently. Superb sound quality. But I have problems that the device does not get picked up by my phone or vice versa (I haven't figured that out) after a couple of calls. So the phone shows that the call is routed to the Tantra device, but no audio can be heard from the car speakers. Only option is to restart the Tantra device. I replaced it once in warranty but the issue persists. I have given up on it. Maybe its a problem with my handset - Moto G4 Turbo. I am plain lazy to debug

Tips for hiding the wires - I used very thin strips of 3M double side tape to run the wires through the crevices of the dashboard. No pics since I no longer use it.

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