New Parrot Bluetooth car stereo coming in March


Another entry in the no-CD-necessary line of car stereos will be showing up in stores this March. The Parrot RK8200 will blur the line between stereo and hands-free car kit, offering stereo Bluetooth (A2DP/AVRCP), 12-key numeric keypad, and iPod, USB, SD card, and analog inputs.

There’s also a little compartment behind the flip-down faceplate that you can use to stash your phone, iPod, and/or flash drive while you’re tooling around town looking for tight black pants like they wear in Amsterdam. It’s a nice little touch.

It’ll be available in March for about $280. Hit the jump for more specs and photos.


Technical specifications of the Parrot RK8200


LED – 1 line of 6 numbers
Optimal visibility in every position (Dual-side display)
Displays FM frequency
Pairing: by pin code
Update: via Bluetooth or serial cable


2.4-inch TFT screen with 262,144 colors
12-key numeric keypad
8 control buttons + 1 rotary button


Phone information
Phonebook, caller names and numbers
Playlist, album cover, artist and title


4x45W amplifier with 20-bit DAC
Minimal impedance of 4 ohms
Line-out socket for external amplifiers


FM and AM bands (PO and GO), RDS
48 recordable stations (presets)

Digital & analogue connections:
· Specific iPod® and USB connector
· SD card reader
· Analog jack line-in socket at the front
· Analog RCA line-in socket at the back


Automatic phonebook synchronization
Complete call records
Number of contacts: total of 8000
Voice recognition
Text-to-Speech (TTS) voice synthesis of the names in the phonebook


Full duplex and echo cancellation
Parrot DCBM noise reduction
Double microphone built into the front panel
Automatic detection of the speaker’s position
Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) compatible
Transmission through the vehicle’s speakers


Bluetooth v1.2

Profiles supported:

  • HSP 1.0 (Headset Profile)
  • HFP 0.96 / 1.0 / 1.5 (Hands Free Profile)
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile)
  • OPP (Object Push Profile)
  • PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile)
  • SYNC

Maximum range: 33 feet (10 meters)
Pairing by PIN code, maximum of 10 devices
Updates via Bluetooth