Originally Posted by bowlesj
Is anyone using the Garmin 2820 and able to get driving instructions, mp3, cell phone, and xm audio through a headset in their helmet? Via an intercom or other?
I get all of the above into my wired BMW (J&M) headset using the Voice II. Following is how it works as best that I can remember since I haven't ridden my bike for a while. I have found that there are some compromises required.
Scenario 1: If you are not using the 2820 aux out jack
to listen to stereo XM using the optional GXM-30 XM antenna (or the built in mp3 music player of the 2820), you can connect a bluetooth phone to the Voice II via a Motorola HF-820 bluetooth speakerphone which has an output jack which connects to the Voice II telephone input jack with a BMW cable that has 2.5mm to 2.5mm male to male stereo plug on each end. The upside is that you can make (my cell phone book is automatically read by the 2820) and receive calls through the 2820 bluetooth connections which is very convenient. You can also connect an mp3 player to the Voice II aux in jack and listen to stereo music. The 2820 will mute the music from either source when a direction is given or if a call comes in. The downside is that the music you hear coming from the 2820 will be in mono and essentially suck because it is coming from the intercom.
Scenario 2: If you connect a cable to the 2820 aux out port
, you will not be able to connect your bluetooth phone to the Voice II because of a limitation within the Garmin 2820 software. You can use a wired connection for your cell phone interface to the Voice II and rely solely on your phones ability to make and receive calls. My Nokia phone has "voice dial" but it is not dependable since it uses a computer generated name for my contacts. (I think Motorola RAZR's have a better voice dial setup because you create a contact name using your own voice, but I digress). Speed dial is more convenient for me but the downside is fumbling around for the phone in the oddiments box or routing the cable out of the oddiments box into your tank bag where the phone can be more accessible.
So what do I do? Generally I listen to XM so I use a 3.5mm stereo male to male cable to connect the 2820 aux out jack to the Voice II aux in jack to listen to stereo XM via the Garmin GXM-30 antenna and the 2820 acting as the "head unit". I use the same cable, always connected to the Voice II, but plug it into my iPod and unplug it from the 2820 when I want to listen to "mp3" music. If I am expecting a call, I prefer the Scenario 1 bluetooth connection methodology for the convenience so I unplug the cable from the aux out jack of the 2820. I then listen to AM/FM/CD or the mp3 player connected to the Voice II aux input jack. If the voice dialing of my cell phone was not such a PIA, I would probably use a wired connection foregoing the benefits of the 2820 blue tooth phone connectivity.
I hope this makes some sense.
ps...If I am riding with my brother who has an LT with a 2820 and a Baehr system, I have everybody call him since his comm system works correctly with the 2820. He then relays the info via GMRS. ha ha