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Where did you place the mic?

If you've replaced your stereo with an aftermarket where did you place your hands free mic? The installer just put mine in front of the DIC and although the calls work fine I can't see the information display. I have researched and it looks as though the upper dash has to come up/off to be able to remove the bezel.

Just curious if someone has found a more convenient placement. Pics if you got 'em, Thanks

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I'm toying w the idea of installing a new touchscreen system and curious on this topic as I always thought/heard that the original mic could be used.

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I always thought/heard that the original mic could be used.
I read many a thread that this is not possible. I know Tomato Soup placed his mic in different locations and the stock placement seems pretty good but stock mic not compatible with aftermarket unit.

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The Atoto has a microphone in its faceplate and I have found it to be as good as anything else.

Regarding the stock microphone: It is wired to the VCIM, so you would have to have an adapter that interfaced with it and the new headunit to make them work together. You could try re-wiring the microphone to the new headunit, but it would make more sense to remove it and put the new microphone in its place.

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The original mic can be used without issue, at least with some stereos. I used mine with my Pioneer 5201NEX.

I bought the correct end for the stereo side and then crimped on the right terminals for the mic side. No cutting, no nothing, just plugs right in.
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That's where I installed mine!
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The original mic can be used without issue, at least with some stereos. I used mine with my Pioneer 5201NEX.

I bought the correct end for the stereo side and then crimped on the right terminals for the mic side. No cutting, no nothing, just plugs right in.
That's interesting, did you unplug it at the mic and run new wire all the way down, or is there a connector somewhere else?

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That's interesting, did you unplug it at the mic and run new wire all the way down, or is there a connector somewhere else?
I unplugged it at the mic. It's a simple Micropack 150 connector, 2 pin, standard stuff. I can't remember if it's male or female off the top of my head, but the male connector is 12047663 and the female is 12047662. On the stereo side it's a bit weird, but it's a 2.5mm mono plug, not the typical 3.5mm "headphone" type jack. Learned that one the "hard" way. That is at least the case for my Pioneer, but I believe that most stereos use that smaller jack. Running the wire was really easy as it's a rather short run, just had to make sure I kept it out of the way of the steering column.

To note, I've also removed my OnStar mirror, VCIM and OnStar antenna so I had no need to keep the factory microphone connected to anything but the stereo.
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Thanks. So the decision could be between buying the connectors and fabricating a cable like you did, and modifying the mount in the a-pillar to suit the mic that comes with the head unit. Assuming the head unit comes with its own. The Atoto comes with a microphone, so my initial choice would be to at least try it in place of the stock mic.

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I read many a thread that this is not possible. I know Tomato Soup placed his mic in different locations and the stock placement seems pretty good but stock mic not compatible with aftermarket unit.
Yup. Stock position was the best for lowest wind noise and best pickup of all the places I tried.

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Yup. Stock position was the best for lowest wind noise and best pickup of all the places I tried.
Which could be why GM put it there in the first place!

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Which could be why GM put it there in the first place!
Yeah. Hard to believe, isn't it?

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I see. All this time, I thought the original mic only needed an adapter, similar to the steering wheel controls.

How are the aftermarket mics? I swapped my ECM for a Bluetooth version (think it was CoStar?) and can't see myself going back to driving without it. It's worked flawlessly since the day it was installed.
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If you've replaced your stereo with an aftermarket where did you place your hands free mic? The installer just put mine in front of the DIC and although the calls work fine I can't see the information display. I have researched and it looks as though the upper dash has to come up/off to be able to remove the bezel.

Just curious if someone has found a more convenient placement. Pics if you got 'em, Thanks
Mine is on top of the speedo. Canít even see it.
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