Avionics Report

September 2015 Issue

Garmin GMA350c: Wireless, Voice Command

If youíre looking for a bare bones audio panel, you wonít find it in Garminís next-generation GMA-series panel. Wireless Bluetooth only scratches the surface.

Garminís first stab at cabin audio control was the GMA340, an audio panel that wasnít packed with fancy features, yet it did what a modern audio panel was supposed to do: Provide high-quality intercom and radio audio. Moreover, it had a feature set that didnít require a PhD to operate. But the GMA340 replacementóthe $2295 GMA350cótakes the user experience to a much higher level. So high, perhaps, that it might be intimidating for users who can barely operate a smartphone.

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