E90Post
 


 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > E90 / E92 / E93 3-series Technical Forums > AUDIO/VIDEO + BLUETOOTH + Electronics/Alarm/Software > What can you do with Aux input jack?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-16-2011, 05:18 PM   #1
dirtdad
New Member
 
dirtdad's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 335i, manual tranny
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The OC, CA

Posts: 17
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
What can you do with Aux input jack?

I am looking at E90s and thinking I may not need Bluetooth as much as I thought because of the Aux input jack. My Droid2 has a 3.5mm output jack. I presume that can just be run into the Aux in jack on E90s, right? If I am listening to some other source and a call comes in that way, will the Aux (phone call) override whatever else is playing?

I will need to figure out how the mic would work in that case. That would depend on the Droid. Once the 3.5mm jack is plugged in, that would probably override the mic in the Droid. An external earbud/mic kit could probably be converted to do the job.

Does anyone use a phone through the Aux input? What features does it give you?
dirtdad is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
dryicerx
First Lieutenant
 
Drives: 335is
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Austin, TX

Posts: 382
iTrader: (1)

The Aux jack will do one thing and one thing only... play music. Do not plan on using it for telephone, it will suck, and quite impractical.
dryicerx is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 05:58 PM   #3
ndog14
Banned
 
Drives: E90 328xi 6MT
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Posts: 1,746
iTrader: (0)

I think Bluetooth is standard on E9Xs or it is standard with Premium Pckg'd cars, which almost everyone is. Ask the dealer when you go to look. You will be surprised about what is standard on bimmers compared to PT Losers. Like electric windows, A/C, etc.
ndog14 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 06:54 PM   #4
OlivaresAnthony
Colonel
 
OlivaresAnthony's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 325i
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: San Diego, CA

Posts: 2,089
iTrader: (6)

Garage List
2006 325i  [5.00]
2007 335i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by ndog14 View Post
I think Bluetooth is standard on E9Xs or it is standard with Premium Pckg'd cars, which almost everyone is. Ask the dealer when you go to look. You will be surprised about what is standard on bimmers compared to PT Losers. Like electric windows, A/C, etc.
Bluetooth is not standard on these cars.
__________________
E90 325i|Sparkling Graphite Metallic|Steptronic|Black Leatherette/Dark Burl Interior|OEM Alarm|35%Front/5%Rear Tint|RD LED License Plate Lights|Rear Fogs Activated|Debadged|Smoked Sidemarkers|Blacklines|Depo P90v2|Matte Black Grille|BMS PBX|AFE Drop In|Charcoal Filter Delete|Air Scoops|19" Avant Garde M310|Continental DWS|M3 Lip Spoiler
OlivaresAnthony is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 06:57 PM   #5
AndreyT
Captain
 
AndreyT's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 335i Sedan, Sport
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern California

Posts: 899
iTrader: (0)

Bluetooth will become standard on F30 cars, but is not standard on e9x cars.

It is true that Bluetooth is a part of Premium package and that most cars on dealers' lots have it. (Which means that in order to get a normal driver's car one have to special-order it. Ordering Bluetooth is a very good idea nevertheless.)

Aux jack will not work well as a replacement for hands free phone. Aux jack will not override anything by itself. In order to make the radio to use aux input one has to switch it manually.

Last edited by AndreyT; 11-16-2011 at 07:09 PM.
AndreyT is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 07:19 PM   #6
hipnotic
Major General
 
hipnotic's Avatar
 
Drives: e92 335i
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: So. Cal

Posts: 6,555
iTrader: (6)

Garage List
2008 335i coupe  [3.50]
i plug my ipod through that.
__________________
hipnotic is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 07:23 PM   #7
OlivaresAnthony
Colonel
 
OlivaresAnthony's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 325i
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: San Diego, CA

Posts: 2,089
iTrader: (6)

Garage List
2006 325i  [5.00]
2007 335i  [0.00]
OP, I suggest you get a car that has bluetooth already on it. Don't be stuck hating yourself for not getting it like some of us.
__________________
E90 325i|Sparkling Graphite Metallic|Steptronic|Black Leatherette/Dark Burl Interior|OEM Alarm|35%Front/5%Rear Tint|RD LED License Plate Lights|Rear Fogs Activated|Debadged|Smoked Sidemarkers|Blacklines|Depo P90v2|Matte Black Grille|BMS PBX|AFE Drop In|Charcoal Filter Delete|Air Scoops|19" Avant Garde M310|Continental DWS|M3 Lip Spoiler
OlivaresAnthony is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 07:35 PM   #8
Kensta335
Brigadier General
 
Kensta335's Avatar
 
Drives: 335i Coupe
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: So Cal 626

Posts: 3,632
iTrader: (4)

You live in CA, get a car with bluetooth.
Kensta335 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 08:29 PM   #9
Verbatim
Colonel
 
Verbatim's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 335i
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: at the repair shop

Posts: 2,555
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2008 BMW 335i  [5.00]
Uh I can't think straight now sorry if my post ^ made little sense (I deleted it)

Edit: Just plug in standard earbuds and see how they react to a phone call.
I'm guessing the music will cut out and you'll hear the call but have to hold the phone for the mic. Bluetooth is nice because it allows you to pick up the call via the steering wheel and it has a hands free mic. With the aux input you will have to accept the call on the phone and then hold it anyways. Might as well accept the call, put it on speaker and set the phone down. You risk an accident and/or getting a distracted driving ticket for about 5 seconds/call.
__________________

2008 BMW 335i Sedan | Sparkling Graphite | Sport | Premium | Navigation | Comfort Access | Logic7
Golf Tee | M3 Spoiler | LED Angel Eyes | 5000k Fogs | Resonator Delete | Black Kidney Grills | Black Finisher Rods | 35%/18% Tint |12mm/20mm (F/R) Spacers | Black Lines



Last edited by Verbatim; 11-16-2011 at 08:36 PM.
Verbatim is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 08:46 PM   #10
monkey_wrench
Caught the Bimmer-Bug
 
monkey_wrench's Avatar
 
Drives: '06 330i
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Florida

Posts: 657
iTrader: (9)

Garage List
2006 330i  [0.00]
I got one of these cheap little bluetooth receivers, I plug it into my Aux in.

Works great for the music. Has no mic provisions, so you will need to manually answer your phone.

Can't beat it for the money.
monkey_wrench is offline   No_Country
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 08:48 PM   #11
phillyfan
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: 08 335i 6AT
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: NJ

Posts: 44
iTrader: (0)

Eh, I started answering this question, and realized you're trying to get away without bluetooth at all. Think about this for a second, no bluetooth means no mic (I think) which means no input. So your side of the conversation won't exist. Not great for a phone a conversation!

Get bluetooth. The real downer is the e9x doesn't support bluetooth music steaming. I'll miss that. No cables, no fuss.
phillyfan is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 09:28 PM   #12
ndog14
Banned
 
Drives: E90 328xi 6MT
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Posts: 1,746
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by AndreyT View Post
Bluetooth will become standard on F30 cars, but is not standard on e9x cars.

It is true that Bluetooth is a part of Premium package and that most cars on dealers' lots have it. (Which means that in order to get a normal driver's car one have to special-order it. Ordering Bluetooth is a very good idea nevertheless.)

Aux jack will not work well as a replacement for hands free phone. Aux jack will not override anything by itself. In order to make the radio to use aux input one has to switch it manually.
Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
ndog14 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 09:35 PM   #13
J02 335i
Lieutenant Colonel
 
J02 335i's Avatar
 
Drives: E90 335i
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ontario

Posts: 1,535
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ndog14 View Post
Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
No. My car has no premium, only sport package. But I also have bluetooth.
__________________

Sport pack, JB3, Dci, factory oil cooler, 18" M3 reps, Michelin PSS, painted trim, black grills, smoked side markers, LED plate lights, H&R coils, muffler delete
J02 335i is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 09:41 PM   #14
mike3000fl
Eleven Bravo
 
mike3000fl's Avatar
 
Drives: 06 330i
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: ft bragg

Posts: 2,149
iTrader: (0)

buy a gps with bluetooth, it will act as a handsfree for calls.
__________________
2006 330i - Jet Black - 19" E46 M3 wheels - HR Sport - 188,000 Miles...

mike3000fl is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 09:47 PM   #15
See5
Real Goon
 
See5's Avatar
 
Drives: Nothing
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Atlanta

Posts: 332
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ndog14 View Post
Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
Mine has the sport package but not premium and has BT like the guy above.
See5 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2011, 10:07 PM   #16
phillyfan
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: 08 335i 6AT
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: NJ

Posts: 44
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by mike3000fl View Post
buy a gps with bluetooth, it will act as a handsfree for calls.
There are no doubt solutions to this problem, but if you're buying new or looking, just get one with bluetooth. Car never supported steaming anyway, so the aux/ipod/usb is a must anyway.

And I've found unless the system integrates completely with the stock radio, it won't do a great job. A lot of can you hear me will be coming.
phillyfan is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #17
AndreyT
Captain
 
AndreyT's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 335i Sedan, Sport
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Northern California

Posts: 899
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ndog14 View Post
Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
Mine has no Premium, yet has Sport. Which means that I have power seats and no Bluetooth. No arguing though, not ordering Bluetooth was a mistake on my part.
AndreyT is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-17-2011, 10:20 AM   #18
Michael Schott
Major
 
Drives: 2011 328i sedan
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Farmington Hills, MI

Posts: 1,407
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by See5 View Post
Mine has the sport package but not premium and has BT like the guy above.
I have no packages but have BMW Assist which includes Bluetooth. IMO it's a must have option.
Michael Schott is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-17-2011, 11:55 AM   #19
ilovemybimmer
New Member
 
Drives: BMW 328xi 2007
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NY

Posts: 9
iTrader: (0)

I use my aux cable quite frequently. I have the Droid Incredible 2 cell phone which I frequently use to play music via the aux cable. When a call comes through, the music player stops (I use winamp, but the standard HTC player stops as well) to ring the phone. You can then answer, and if you do, you will hear the caller with your speakers. If you hold the phone within a foot and a half of your mouth, the caller should hear you just fine. I do this almost every day...
ilovemybimmer is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-17-2011, 12:13 PM   #20
vapore0n
First Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2010 335i
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: MA

Posts: 380
iTrader: (0)

Having BT does not mean you will be able to stream audio over BT.
That is a separate package that costs a lot.

Stupid BMW. Even Kia's have proper audio over BT included.
vapore0n is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-17-2011, 12:46 PM   #21
mike-y
just another bmw douche bag
 
Drives: 1.9L of fury
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Posts: 3,373
iTrader: (4)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ndog14 View Post
Good luck finding a 3'er without a premium package. I have never seen an E9X without a premium. Would it be fair to say if the car has power seats it has bluetooth?
3 out of the 4 E90s I looked at before I bought my car did not have bluetooth or premium.
mike-y is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-17-2011, 02:43 PM   #22
ctuna
Brigadier General
 
Drives: 325xi 06 wagon MT
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Santa Cruz, Ca

Posts: 3,981
iTrader: (0)

There are several solutions

Blackberry gateway plugged in the aux.
gives you a2dp not sure if it works the phone.

Denison.com makes some stuff

Get a new head unit that has bluetooth and more but there are side
effects that have to be taken into account.
Dynavin is a pretty popular head unit replacement now.
its made specifically for BMW's(or Euro Cars) and looks like it belongs in them.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=27

Go to the above link and do some searches.

Last edited by ctuna; 11-17-2011 at 03:15 PM.
ctuna is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:42 AM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST