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Unread 08-19-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Best device for the best sound

Alright its me again. Since I will be getting the 2014 I'm trying to decide the best way to get my tunes since I am not going to get the CD player. I thought about purchasing an ipod just for music instead of using my phone. I've seen posts that others are using SD cards and thumb drives. What delivers the best sound?

I guess that I will be purchasing the Limited verison ( back up camera) but I don't know for sure what radio that comes with; the 5.0 or the next level up? I want to lessen my chances of having issues with anything since I've so many issues with my 05 Equinox.

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Unread 08-20-2013, 06:47 AM   #2
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If you rip your music from a cd in a lossless format at a high enough bitrate and put it on an SD card you will get pretty good sound.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 09:00 AM   #3
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As long as you are not conencting via bluetooth, then each device will sound the same as all you are doing is pulling data from a storage system. Ripping your music to MP3s at a buit rate of 192 or above and using USB thumb drive or SD card will be the cheapest way.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 09:06 AM   #4
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Audio is my holdest hobby, and I take it seriously---ditch the lossy codecs and use lossless codecs such as flac, apple lossless, etc. Amazing to me how these newer generations have been cheated with awful quality music sources. I don't think you need 24/192, as a standard redbook CD (16/44) can sound outstanding with a well engineered recording and good equipment.

The biggest hurdle is the "crushing" (see: loudness wars) of dynamics by (so-called) audio engineers in an effort to have the loudest CD. Because, as you know, louder is better. [/sarcasm]

flac is freeware, and compresses music files without any loss of fidelity. When uncompressed, the *.wav file is restored fully to it's original file size for playback. Compression is generally around 35-40%.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 09:13 AM   #5
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Best Sound

A CD Player nothing else comes close but it is a vehicle. Vehicle interiors rarely deliver great sound. Add noise and vibration and good XM is good enough.

Now best sound ever out of a vehicle goes to a 57 Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa with loud pedal full exercised. It was also the best sound I have ever heard in any vehicle I own expect for my first girl friend saying give me more.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:32 AM   #6
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IMO, XM is no better, and in some ways worse than a strong FM signal. Early XM was used higher bitrates and was pretty satisfying, but now that Sirius owns XM, it's even worse. Shame too, as satellite radio has excellent "potential" but as always they have chosen to go for quantity and not quality. XM, either earlier or present has never delivered on the "as good as CD" promise. They got their customer base, then they dialed-back the bitrates---classic bait 'n switch.

If it wasn't for the fact that I'm out in the middle of the southwest desert, I'd cancel Sirius/XM today.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #7
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Bottom line, the delivery device (USB stick, smartphone, etc) at "this" level of audio is not nearly as important as having lossless software (music).
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Unread 08-22-2013, 07:50 AM   #8
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Hmm buying a USB drive would definately be cheaper and easier to move my music to. As long as I have my music to listen to I don't care if I'm using CD, SD, Ipod or whatever. Has anyone used an Ipod which an Aux cord? Does that work better than Bluetooth syncing?
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Unread 08-22-2013, 08:15 AM   #9
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dragon, shouldn't matter much if you're using lossless codec.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 07:17 AM   #10
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Does anyone have a list of the codecs that the audio system supports coming directly off of a USB drive or memory card?
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I was never able to find a definitive list, but I've used mp3 and wma formats successfully.
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Hmm buying a USB drive would definately be cheaper and easier to move my music to. As long as I have my music to listen to I don't care if I'm using CD, SD, Ipod or whatever. Has anyone used an Ipod which an Aux cord? Does that work better than Bluetooth syncing?
Dragon,

I just bought a dedicated ipod and plugged it into the USB slot. Unlike crappy GM radios, there is no need to plug into the aux port and lose sound quality plus you can control the ipod from the head unit.
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I was never able to find a definitive list, but I've used mp3 and wma formats successfully.
Thanks for the reply. I'm mostly interested in running lossless. Right now most of my stuff is in Apple lossless, but I just don't know how many systems support playing those files.

Should I decide to trade in my 07 WK, I may have to do like NorthernGoat and just use a dedicated iPod.
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actually

The best device for sound just doesnt work to well in a vehicle driving down the road. Turntables and vinyl records still sound the best. A Linn Sondek is just going to skip all day no matter how smooth the road. A solid state electronics just dont sound as good as tubes in most cases.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 01:59 PM   #15
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Thanks for the reply. I'm mostly interested in running lossless. Right now most of my stuff is in Apple lossless, but I just don't know how many systems support playing those files.

Should I decide to trade in my 07 WK, I may have to do like NorthernGoat and just use a dedicated iPod.
I either just Bluetooth or USB my iphone...Works and sounds good enough for my needs of jammin' or just Flashdrive with mp3 as mentioned and works great too as we have savd some music on the HDD! lots of options these days, I remember when, if you had CD player and MP3 playback that was cool.
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