Wired: At a CES preview event the other night, where companies showed off some of the stuff they’ll be unveiling next year, I noticed one product that doesn’t sound too sexy initially, but could become a hot trend in coming years: a car kit that can be used to add Bluetooth A2DP to your car stereo, called the Parrot MK6000 ($240, about 185 euro).
Since car manufacturers usually nail down dashboard designs a couple of years in advance, a lot of people are going to find themselves in a predicament when they realize their music cellphone doesn’t connect to their car stereo wirelessly. Even car stereos that have support for the headset profile for handsfree talking may not have the A2DP profile required for stereo music, so people are going to be looking for ways to add it.
And it’s not just about cellphones; you can already attach a Bluetooth dongle to your MP3 player for use with wireless headphones, and most new portable media players will probably have Bluetooth A2DP before too long. I asked a Blue Parrot rep whether their Bluetooth music car kit would be pairable with dongles like that and/or upcoming MP3 players with A2DP, and he said that they would.
Car kits like this and factory-installed A2DP-capable stereos will soon let many drivers finally say goodbye to unreliable FM transmitters and tangle-prone, increasingly-incompatible cassette-shaped adapters. As pictured here, the Parrot MK6000 even lets you control playback and volume using a 4-directional, rotating control nubbin on the dashboard.