iPod-compatible car audio vs cassette adapters
September 5, 2006 10:21 AM Subscribe
Do iPod-compatible car decks sound THAT much better than using a cassette adapter? Also, will a new deck interface with my steering-wheel controls and factory cd-changer?
posted by neilkod to technology (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
2001 VW Passat here.
I'm no audiophile but I like my music to sound crisp and have range. When I use my cassette adapter, the music sounds a lot flatter and more bass-heavy, even when using the car's EQ and the bass reducer/treble enhancer settings on the iPod.
I also notice that a playing a cd made from my mp3s sounds much crisper (both the highs and lows) than listening to the same files on the iPod.
So I'm sure a direct-line iPod adapter will sound better but is it enough to justify the cost of a new deck?
Additionally, my Passat has some audio controls on the steering wheel and a factory cd-changer. Will after-market car audio decks be able to utilize those?