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Bluetooth hands free with the Kenwood DDX8034BT head unit


Well-Known Member
Dec 29, 2010
I'm encountering a few issues with the BT hands free feature.

The phone pairs flawlessly with the HU and music/media playback works fine. It's whenever I answer or make a call is when things start to get dicey.

What DOESN'T work:
When receiving a call and I answer it using the answer button on the HU, I get audio from the car speakers, but the caller can't hear me.

What DOES work:
When receiving a call and I answered it using the phone and THEN transfer the audio to the HU, me and the caller can then hear each other.

So far these are the issues I've determined to be consistent and can be reproduced. I know I'm having quite similar behavior when placing a call using the HU, but I haven't gone through it analytically to determine a pattern. I'm just airing this out as it is in case someone have had better success pairing with a Kenwood 2-DIN HU.

If I may add, the HU already have the latest BT firmware. Also, since the Desire Z is a fairly new phone, it is not in the list of supported phones. But then again, BT is BT... handfree through BT has been around for like more than half a decade at least. I just can't understand what makes one phone work and other not, when both are supposedly using a standard.


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