Zumo 660

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by dec, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. dec

    dec COOP

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  2. gelandestrasse

    gelandestrasse Fidem Scit

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  3. slowinfastout

    slowinfastout Just Ridin' By....

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    :snore :snore :snore No XM Radio, just a dressed up Nuvi in a waterproof case. I'll keep my 550....
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  4. John Harden

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    No XM?!?!?!?!? What do they think we are, savages?!? I won't ride my bike without my XM!!

    Yeah, I'll keep my 550 too.
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  5. BeRadTheFish

    BeRadTheFish Movin' Out.

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    That has to be an omission on the press release. No XM? I don't believe that... Come on...
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  6. slowinfastout

    slowinfastout Just Ridin' By....

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    Check the specs, no XM. Its just a NUVI, the 550 is still the king. Heck, I'd rather have a 2730 than this new 660...at least it had the XM with it.
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  7. Just_Jake

    Just_Jake You lookin' at me...?

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    Where are the buttons...? :huh
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  8. tmex

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    The 24k topo flash cards (where available) from Garmin are killer. Unlike the 100k Topo CD you can actually navigate offroad with them. Very sweet. You still have to exercise some judgement. My Zumo has pointed me down some legitimate dirt bike black diamond trails while on my GS.
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  9. JR356

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    GPS stuff belongs in "layin down tracks"
    There is already a 660 thread or two there!

    JR356
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  10. GB

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    In GSpot? :rolleyes Moved to the GPS forum.
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  11. rboett

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    how is the sound out of the 550?

    Its my understanding that the 550 does not have A2DP for bluetooth stereo.

    SO the 660 has this and can play mp3's.

    Thanks
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  12. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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    The 660 is on Garmin's site;

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=135&pID=15000

    No XM (according to the specs), which I'm disappointed with, but if the BT and music capabilities are better than the 550 (incl. >1000 internal songs, WMA support), then I may take the plunge. If the BT works well, I could probably get most XM via PDA Phone and the web. MSRP is $150 less than the 550, too.

    It looks like you still need the seperate antenna for MSN Direct. Does anyone know if any of the antennas like the GDB50 require a seperate activation fee for MSN Direct, or is it built into the price of the antenna?
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=8526#featureTab
    Also, are they waterproof?
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  13. slowinfastout

    slowinfastout Just Ridin' By....

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    550 Sound is terrific is you have decent earbuds (I use BigEar customs, but also have ER6i's as backups). Its stereo when hardwired.

    If you want Bluetooth, you can put a stereo dongle in the output jack and use J&R's Bluetooth helmet stereo kit, but its pricey and you have that module on you helmet, and also have to recharge it. The Hardwire to the earbuds is no biggie, just buy a 4' coiled extension cord from Riders Warehouse, connect one end to your 550 and route it to the front edge of the seat. Install your earbuds, put on your helmet, and drop the cord down the front inside of your jacket. Reach down and the seat edge and hook up.

    Both the 550 and 660 can play MP3's with an SD card installed they will 'see' up to 1,000 tunes and no more, so don't bother buying more than a 2 Gig CD card.
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  14. rboett

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    I use this

    http://www.amazon.com/Sonorix-Bluet..._34?ie=UTF8&s=wireless&qid=1231521872&sr=8-34

    with some er6is,, feed via bluetooth A2DP stereo from a motorola phone w755,, seems to work fine

    I would like one device for GPS, xm, mp3 and bluetooth stereo,,, may be the next release of the zumo:lol3
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  15. CopperGreen

    CopperGreen Been here awhile

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    This is good news=
    the 550 will drop in price. :clap

    I've held off buying a 550 in anticipation of this event.
    How low will it go???
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  16. biggziff

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    They're all over for $400 or less. I doubt you'll see them go much lower, especially when you consider the 660 has less functionality by most accounts.

    The 550 is still king.
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  17. CopperGreen

    CopperGreen Been here awhile

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    Where?
    I found them currently for $520 and 3 months ago $420.
    NiB under $400???
    Again, Where???
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    Where ?
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  19. biggziff

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    Sorry...used. I've bought 3 on here since September. Last one was 3 months old and I paid $350 for it.
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  20. lmychajluk

    lmychajluk Long timer

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    Do you have a source for this info on the 660? (I know the limit is general knowledge for the 550.) Also, do you happen to know if the 660 will support WMA files?
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