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Hey guys,

Have any of you experienced about a 2-3 sec delay when you change a song or play videos using a phone/ipod device that is hooked up via bluetooth? Cause my 2011 M3 has that delay which I personally hate. Is there a way to fix this problem and ideas?

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If I'm not mistaken, this is an iOS or Apple device issue. My windows phone doesn't have this problem, but my iPod Touch does.
 
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I had a delay when I would connect my Android and iPhone. Ever since I bought a Windows phone, I haven't had that delay issue.

I have noticed something odd on my car, though. Idk if it might be a wiring issue or not, but whenever I come to a semi-hard stop, my music seems to get lower and when I start accelerating again the music gets louder to how I had it before the stop. I've been observing this for about two weeks now. It's so strange. Is it a Mazda thing? Or does my car just have an issue with the audio?
 

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I have the delay also. it's 2-3 seconds on calls I make also. the funny thing about us talking about this "delay" is that back in the day (10 years or more), we could never do this. everything is so fast nowadays that we have forgotten to be patient. technology can sometimes be a bad thing. just sayin
 

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I had a delay when I would connect my Android and iPhone. Ever since I bought a Windows phone, I haven't had that delay issue.

I have noticed something odd on my car, though. Idk if it might be a wiring issue or not, but whenever I come to a semi-hard stop, my music seems to get lower and when I start accelerating again the music gets louder to how I had it before the stop. I've been observing this for about two weeks now. It's so strange. Is it a Mazda thing? Or does my car just have an issue with the audio?
Yea if you have the standard radio the setting called ALC automatically adjusts the volume based on sound entering the vehicle. If you have the bose system the setting for that is called audioPilot
 

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Yea if you have the standard radio the setting called ALC automatically adjusts the volume based on sound entering the vehicle. If you have the bose system the setting for that is called audioPilot
Oh snap. I always wondered what ALC was. I have it on 7 so that makes sense. I thought I was going crazy, lol. Thanks swerv for the info :) you saved my sanity.
 

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This is normal for anything bluetooth due to the fact of streaming. Ive had this on anything that requires Bluetooth
 

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Yeah but it is a tad longer in this car. Nothing cringeworthy. My Bluetooth speaker has about a 1/2 second lag with my phone, but in the car, it's closer to 2 seconds. It could be worse. Still loving the fact that I can stream audio in a car as cheap as the 3.
 

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Yea, I guess its a personal preference, but I defiantly don't like the delay. However the stock sound system that comes with the M3 sounds really good so I guess it makes up for it. But it would be nice to see if there was a solution to take out delay.
 

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I wouldn't say the bose system sounds horrible. it sounds better than most stock speakers. I can't wait to get my sub in the car. been meaning to do that.
 

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I have a Window's Phone and I still have the delay. :(


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Weird, I don't have the delay on my Lumia 920. There is a really tiny delay skipping to the next track using an app like say Nokia Music or Pandora, but it is a whole lot quicker than my iPod Touch. There doesn't seem to be any delay when just playing music from the phone and using the standard music player.
 

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Weird, I don't have the delay on my Lumia 920. There is a really tiny delay skipping to the next track using an app like say Nokia Music or Pandora, but it is a whole lot quicker than my iPod Touch. There doesn't seem to be any delay when just playing music from the phone and using the standard music player.
I have the Lumia 710 and the delay happens with music stored on the phone via Zune.


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I'm trying to figure out the best way to deal with this with my 2012 M3. The Pioneer X6500BT unit I put in my old car was flawless (e.g., zero sync issues with videos and no delayed responsiveness with play/pause/etc.); I expect this to be the same, but it has an approximately 2.7 second delay. I just shot off emails to both Mazda and Johnson Controls (the maker of the BT module) to see what they say. Probably won't get anywhere (seems no one else has), but I'm either going to find a device for which the delay isn't present and figure out why, or give up on that and figure out how to wire in a new head unit while keeping the factory mic and upper LCD cluster intact and functional. If I don't get too frustrated and just give up on everything, I'll post an update when I have it.
 

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So, to follow up on what I posted above, I emailed both the manufacturer of the BT module and Mazda's bluetooth helpline. As it turns out, they're the same entity. Also, they were of no help. I attempted to explain in simple terms what the problem was and offer a couple of examples (video/audio sync and a delay between hitting play on the device and hearing the response in the car). Their response was that audio and video aren't fully/officially supported. BS, I say (in nice terms), audio is audio, and the BT version in their car should play with no delay, so could they offer any more help or advice? I received no reply to that email. So I said screw it and just went ahead and installed my aftermarket unit and it works perfectly. All I need to do this weekend is take apart a bit of the dash and unplug the factory BT module because my phone's still trying to sync to it, which is annoying. I may either wire in the factory mic to the aftermarket head unit or route the aftermarket mic into the headliner, but that's a project for another time.
 
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