Review of Kinivo’s Hands-Free Audio Car Kit
Don’t you love products that work to make your life that much easier? If you’re the average Joe (like me) that enjoys music on the go from your smart-phone, or you’re a busy business type, in need of taking calls in the car — The Kinivo BTC450 Bluetooth Car Kit may be your solution. You may have heard of their veteran competitor in the game, the Belkin Bluetooth car kit ($48.95). Kinivo aims to give you the same features at a lower price ($39.99).
With this kit in your car, you can now stream any audio from any Bluetooth enabled device (iPhone, Android, HTC etc.). The device connects through your cars 3.5 aux., which connects wirelessly to your device. From there you can play music and answer phone calls through your car speakers, WIRELESSLY. Imagine that.
The box includes a USB car charger (powering the core), the round Bluetooth device, a 3.5 cable, a 3.5 cable extender, and adhesives for mounting. The BTC450 also supports aptX technology, however I cannot give a review on it since the iPhone 5 does not support the HQ codec… I can tell you about my favorite features though — the previous and next buttons found on the top of the Kinivo unit which makes changing the song that much easier.
The Bottom Line
Surprisingly great audio quality! I really cannot tell the difference in audio from the tethered 3.5mm cable and the wireless Bluetooth streaming. The device also seamlessly re-syncs in my car ever time I step in. There is a ‘beep-bop’ sound the second I step in, which lets me know it’s ready to go. This makes things so much easier than my previous 3.5 tethered cable setup. You would think the installation in the car would be ugly, considering the three components of the device, however it is not the case for me. I tucked away the cable slack and its hardly noticeable. For the price, you are really saving a considerable amount, when compared to other alternatives that achieve the same goal.
Now for the bad. When I call on Siri, the wireless audio oddly reverts to the audio equivalent of an 8-track player. I can comprehend what she is saying, however as Siri navigated, I felt as if I was hearing her aged grandmother give me directions. Other than that, I have experienced one time where I had to re-sync the device after I hard reset my iPhone. No biggie.
Not the worst of problems as the pros greatly outweigh the cons in my opinion. As I started off saying earlier — if you’re in the market for a wireless solution in your car audio setup, why not save some bucks and checkout the Kinivo Audio Car Kit? I can easily say I’m happy with my new wireless middle man.