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      10-21-2012, 11:47 PM   #1
Z K
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Apple Lighting adapter cable audio quality sucks

I went and bought a 30 pin to lightning adapter cable (the $39 one) to use with the BMW y-cable for ipod audio and it works... but the audio quality is plain terrible! I unplugged it, ran a regular aux audio cable from the headphone output and it sounds 10x better.

With the adapter plugged into the y-cable the audio sounds super compressed with little dynamic range. FM radio quality... or worse. A far cry from CD quality or the regular y-cable ipod output. It looks like the adapter cable does D/A conversion inside the adapter and whatever it is doing just sounds terrible. The old 30 pin connector passed audio that was D/A converted in the iPhone/iPod which probably has better audio processing.

I am going to return this POS adapter tomorrow. I may have to look into getting an old iPod to use with the Y-cable or just stick to using the Aux cable.

Anyone else have any experience with the adapter?