Avionics Report

September 2015 Issue

Garmin GMA350c: Wireless, Voice Command

If you’re looking for a bare bones audio panel, you won’t find it in Garmin’s next-generation GMA-series panel. Wireless Bluetooth only scratches the surface.

Garmin’s first stab at cabin audio control was the GMA340, an audio panel that wasn’t 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 didn’t require a PhD to operate. But the GMA340 replacement—the $2295 GMA350c—takes 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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