Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?


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Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby glenwegener » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:18 pm



Has anybody tried this out? I see mixed comments on it at amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Cassette-Ad ... +bluetooth



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Re: Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Jan 29, 2016 9:37 am

I'm not sure how well a microphone would work hanging out in the wind on a motorcycle...but that said, my experience with the cassette-audio conversion devices is that they tend to not last all that long. I used to have a company that dealt in satellite radio, and I must have had a box of hundreds of those things that had stopped working at one point.

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Re: Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby glenwegener » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:14 am

I would not use it for a phone, but instead to connect my ipod to the radio system.

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Re: Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby flogger » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:08 am

Would like to hear feedback on this too... I have had good experience with other Ion items in the past... I also tried another make that had a wire hanging out and that would not work with our cassette doors... This one seems to let it all store or tuck away internal possibly allowing the Goldwing cassette door to close... My concerns would be battery life and sound quality...
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Re: Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby glenwegener » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:23 am

Yes, they say up to 5 hours I believe of battery life. That could be a problem. At the cost of $20.00 could probably get two, one for backup when power drains. They claim to have 6 hours of battery life but for the sake of maybe being exaggerated I would be happy having two for a total of 8 hours, 4 apiece would do.

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Re: Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby spiralout » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:16 pm

If you're willing to spend 40 bucks for 8 hours of battery life for not so great quality of sound, why not spend a little more and get a bluetooth enabled iSimple and not have to worry about battery life? iSimple ISFM21

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Re: Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby flogger » Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:05 pm

I do have a USB power source in my trunk and I use another FM transmitter... I found wired transmitters beat the sound of blue tooth ones and went that route... I don't mind leaving my phone in there for the music, keeps you from talking or texting while on the road. I have a smart watch I use to control the music wirelessly.
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Re: Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby glenwegener » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:19 am

Flogger, what fm transmitter do you use?

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Re: Anybody try the Ion bluetooth cassette unit for your 1500 radio?

Postby flogger » Sun Jan 31, 2016 1:27 am

It's a "Premier" FM Transmitter I found and tried on a flook at Autozone. It works both off AAA batteries or with a micro USB to mini USB power cord... I have dual USB and DC power receptacles I mounted in my trunk, in the corner... My plug setup allows me to keep it wired for power and it goes on and off with my ignition. So I put my phone in the trunk and plug it in, the FM Transmitter plugs into the phone's earphone jack. Set the same station on it and the Goldwing' FM and you're set! It is powerful and the sound is really the same or better than any FM station you listen to... I found blue tooth attempts to be disappointing... They never seemed to be able to get the volume for the road... I did shop around looking for FM transmitters and I tried Best Buy, Ebay, and Amazon but I never found one that was powerful enough. I tried 4 or 5 and returned them or threw them away as junk. One day I was in Autozone for something else and happened upon this. Gambled and found exactly what I was looking for... If you have a smart watch to use with your phone, then you can control the music, selections, playback, volume, etc from the watch while the Android or IPhone is in the trunk... Very, very pleased with it, and if you don't have an Autozone then look on the Internet or try other car places... It is not long but rectangular and about the size of a pack of wood matches... small pocket match box not kitchen ones...


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