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      02-14-2008, 05:51 PM   #11

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Originally Posted by Keto View Post
Will you notice a difference in sound quality on already lossy files? I wonder. The other question is which piece of electronics has the better DAC -- the iPod or the BMW head unit?

Either way, I'll be using the iPhone I already have for the double-duty.
Yes, the difference is noticeable. The BMW head unit doesn't do DAC, that's the iPod's job. The transfer from the USB flash drive to the BMW head unit is completely digital with no loss in quality.

This is how my setup is going to work:

1. The Flash Voyager in my center console to provide music.
2. iPhone in my pocket for BMW Assist bluetooth. This way I don't have to plug in and unplug the iPhone every time I get in and out of the car.

I don't see a reason to use the iPhone for double duty when it's a hassle and the Flash Voyager is only $50 shipped.

Originally Posted by southlight View Post
If I understand it correctly it will still be an iPod, but iTunes (which transfers the data) must be run on a Windows system. Right?

Best regards, south
Correct, because flash drives use FAT32 as their File Allocation Table, and FAT32 is native to Windows.

Last edited by eclipsisNA; 02-14-2008 at 06:59 PM.