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Old 01-22-2011, 10:37 PM   #44
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2011 WRX


Originally Posted by CarTuned
I'm gonna try what 101101 did...and pack in whatever empty space there is around the mic, but no between me and the mic, obviously. I'll post before and after results...and I'll try to keep the variables the same.

And yeah...this BT issue is bs. I removed the map light assembly and noticed that there is a vast amount of empty space up there,which I assume contributes to the "wind noise" effect people keep telling me they hear while I am talking.

Well, I went to an arts and crafts store and bought a roll of quilt stuffing ($5). I took the roll and cut out pieces which I used to stuff the empty space between the headliner and the cars roof. After all said and done, I think I used about 2/3 of the entire roll. And when I say I stuffed, I mean I STUFFED. I left as little space uncovered as possible. I even put some directly on and around the mic itself.

Afterwards, I reconnected the mic and lights, and sealed it back up.

Obviously, the final step was a test drive. So, I called my girl and had her give me feedback as we talked. She said that whenever I spoke, she heard the "wind noise" effect but it wasn't as bad as before. She also added that she could still hear what I was saying, even at speed, which I think it's safe to say that is already an improvement.

After her, I called a friend of mine and told him to tell me if and when I was coming in clear or not. After about a 15 min conversation he said I sounded much better than previous calls.

So, in conclusion, I would suggest stuffing that empty space as much as possible, and adjust the mic gain to level one or two. Anything higher may/will allow too much ambient road noise through. Also...the phone position will make a difference. I found that placing my phone (Droid incredible) in the cubby under the ac controls gave me the best results/least interference. Normally, I have my phone on the Verizon car mount made for the incredible, which sits the phone just over the front passengers left knee, but that yielded static during calls.

I hope this helps others and photos to come.
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