Two new models with industry firsts from the original inventor of the Bluetooth car kit.
Secondly, Parrot has launched the Rhythm N’ Blue, a premium AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo receiver with built in Bluetooth hands free phone calling. This is one of the first products of its kind (I’ve seen another unit from Alpine) and it removes the need for a separate car kit.
Stereo interpretability is obviously at a premium here, with Caller IDs displayed on the 132 x 32 pixel LCD and support for voice recognition dialling and automatic volume adjustment which is handy should a call come in when you’re blasting out your favourite tunes. Like the 3200, up to five mobiles can be registered with the Rhythm N’ Blue and the keypad controls both phone dialling and messaging functions as well as radio station presets in audio mode. Just about every handset on the market is compatible, ranging from Blackberry to Telital… (whoever that is?)
As for the stereo itself, it’s no limp wrist being able to play CD, CD-R, CD-RW and MP3 formats with song information displayed via ID3 tags. There is an AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets, a 4x 45 watt internal amplifier and 1x RCA out for external amplifiers. As with all modern stereos, the faceplate is removable to thwart those irritating toe rags who think other people’s stuff should be free, while a remote control is supplied so little people in the back can play havoc with your audio choices. The Rhythm N’ Blue will debut in Q1 next year and though UK pricing isn’t yet available, it has been announced the good ole’ US of A will pay $349.
Buy one of these and I think we’ll all know who’s a pretty boy!