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Old 09-19-2012, 08:19 PM   #221
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In a thread about the changes on the 2013 I found this (I have owned a '12 Tit. And now a '13 Tit. The microphone on my 2013 works much better than it did on the '12). Has the mic been upgraded, and can we get this fix for the 2012's that are having problems.
That would be awesome to find a newer updated mic!
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:11 PM   #222
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Any updates on the subject of the 2013 mic vs. the one in the 2012? BTW, the mic assy for 2012 and 2013, with or without MFT is the same part number AM2Z-19A391-A.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:20 PM   #223
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Any updates on the subject of the 2013 mic vs. the one in the 2012?
I have come to believe now that it is not a "cheap mic" issue (I have a 2012, July 2011 build). Hands-free calls worked terrific when I got it. Installed the 3.0.2 update and it tanked, hands-free calling was completely unusable with the oft-referenced wind tunnel or open window noise in the background. Got the 3.5.1 update installed and it works terrific again. I have had the same mic since I got the car and the only variable between good-useless-good again has been software changes between each of those conditions.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:11 PM   #224
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I have come to believe now that it is not a "cheap mic" issue (I have a 2012, July 2011 build). Hands-free calls worked terrific when I got it. Installed the 3.0.2 update and it tanked, hands-free calling was completely unusable with the oft-referenced wind tunnel or open window noise in the background. Got the 3.5.1 update installed and it works terrific again. I have had the same mic since I got the car and the only variable between good-useless-good again has been software changes between each of those conditions.
I'm with you. Mine's not bad, not great. I have 3.5.1 and I think I'm going to install it on my way to San Francisco tomorrow. I'll do a test of quality a couple of times before/after.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:43 PM   #225
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Ive been doing a lot more testing since I got the MFT update of 3.5.1. My conclusion is the hands-free SUCKS in my car. Don't' get me wrong, 3.5.1 does improve it a great deal and I can no longer hear that wind tunnel effect that took over everything. Now what I'm getting is clear but very weak & tinny sounding. (Imagine using speakerphone but standing across the room talking in a normal voice). Compared to just picking up the handset and speaking into the phone there's a WORLD of difference and the handsfree doesn't even come close to sounding as good. I also have a Jabra Freeway Visor clip on Speakerphone and it has dual mics and noise cancellation. When I switch from SYNC to the Jabra during the same call you can hear another world of difference better.

I've pretty much given up on a this car ever having a built in useable hands-free Calling. I'll look forward to my next car having it though.

My wife called me the other day and even though I was pretty certain it sucked I thought maybe on her end it will seem fine and she won't notice so I choose to take the call using Sync (MFT). I was not even on the highway. Driving maybe 30 to 35 and the first thing she said after I answered was. "Uhh I can't stand the phone in your car" meaning the BT hands free. I switched to the Jabra and everything was fine.

Bummed about it. The last vehicle I had that I had with handsfree built in was a 2009 Chevy Silverado and that had the best call quality.

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:05 AM   #226
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I have a BT Mic that came with a Pioneer Headunit. Its a two wire just like the stock one. I removed the stock Mic and spliced in the aftermarket one just to see if that would change anything for me. Ha!. NO!. Sync would not even respond to commands so I know the mic was obviously not compatible. I put the stock one back in and got it functioning again and just for the heck of it did a little down road test call to my VM and it remains just as horrible as ever.
A friend of mine that has a late built 2012 has absolutely NO issues whatsoever with his handsfree sound quality and when I hear him on it. I can't even tell it's not his Cell vs Handsfree. His son just bought a 2013 Ti and he said his BT sound quality is just as good. I don't know if there was a quality issue with a batch of the mic's used on the earlier builds or maybe even a manufacturer change. Or the fact that my friend and his son use the latest Droid phones (Since we know that Apple admitted to using a less than standard BT Communications on their IOS devices).

FWIW. I ordered a $28 new Mic from my local ford dealership. I should pick it up tomorrow. If I still continue to have the exact same call quality I will try to pair my friends Android phone and see if there's any improvement.

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I'm with you. Mine's not bad, not great. I have 3.5.1 and I think I'm going to install it on my way to San Francisco tomorrow. I'll do a test of quality a couple of times before/after.
The tests confirmed that there is an improvement in quality with 3.5.1. I called my home number before and after installation and left messages whilst traveling on the same stretch of roadway and the car configured similarly - heater running, windows up, etc. I found it interesting that there certainly was a "wind tunnel effect" with 3.0.2 but I was surprised to note how this was only a minor distraction, that my voice was very easily heard and was not at all masked by the background noise.
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I found it interesting that there certainly was a "wind tunnel effect" with 3.0.2 but I was surprised to note how this was only a minor distraction, that my voice was very easily heard and was not at all masked by the background noise.
Likewise. My wind tunnel disappeared after 3.5.1. I never had it w/2.11 and it didn't start until 3.0.2 was installed. Still not perfect but much better than 3.0.2 though calls from my car hands-free to my wife's VW when she is hands-free on her end also are still rough.

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FWIW. I ordered a $28 new Mic from my local ford dealership. I should pick it up tomorrow. If I still continue to have the exact same call quality I will try to pair my friends Android phone and see if there's any improvement.

I"ll let ya know.
Post back with what you find after throwing the new mic in Dysan. I've never tried mine with another non-Apple phone either.
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Post back with what you find after throwing the new mic in Dysan. I've never tried mine with another non-Apple phone either.
Will do!. I also have a Blackberry bold from work that I'm going to pair and test with on the way home tonight as well.
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Well the BB wasn't any better. AT ALL!. Its' a different carrier as well. So not likely phone related. Fingers crossed the new mic today will be a major improvement. Waiting for it to arrive.

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