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Hi Folks,

I'm writing an article about using the iPod in your car and I need to interview a Lambo owner who has done this. Preferably somebody who has used one of the high-quality interfaces (ie: not FM modulation) and who lives around the Silicon Valley. Tho others would be ok too, so don't be shy.

I need to finish this by Tuesday, so let's communicate asap. Doesn't need to be a live conversation, we can chat right here, or email, im, etc.

Thanks!

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Does it have to be an iPod or are you speaking generically about any MP3 player? I use a Neuros (www.neurosaudio.com) in all of my cars. All but the Testarossa have a direct line input for it.
Sadly, the article is about iPods. :( But if nobody else responds, I may have to broaden my focus!

Thanks anyway -- I do appreciate the offer. Sounds like you're just the kind of owner I'm looking for.

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Fred, I hope you find your man. I have a Gallardo and an Ipod, but I've never been tempted to put the two together as the speakers are so bad it would be a waste of time.

I've asked my dealer for options to improve the sound system.
 
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Fred, I hope you find your man. I have a Gallardo and an Ipod, but I've never been tempted to put the two together as the speakers are so bad it would be a waste of time.

I've asked my dealer for options to improve the sound system.
Wow! I wouldn't think that the case with a $180k (or whatever) automobile. Let me know what your dealer says, I'd be interested in knowing.

BTW, I'll post the article here when done, maybe it'll have some useful info for you.

Cheers,

Fred
 
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cgperry said:
Does it have to be an iPod or are you speaking generically about any MP3 player? I use a Neuros (www.neurosaudio.com) in all of my cars. All but the Testarossa have a direct line input for it.
Hi Charles,

I do have a question for you. Have you used one of the FM modulation systems before? If so, how does it compare to your hard-wired system? (I'm assuming you're not using FM mod for all this)

Thanks,

Fred
 

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That surprises me too... :confused: Its wierd that the soundsystem is bad in a expensive car like the Gallardo
As has been covered before, the sound system in Lamborghini's comes in the shape of an exhaust pipe :D
 

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The particular unit I have has an FM modulator/broadcast circuit built into it, so I use that when I am in hotels, friend's houses or anywhere else without a direct input.

It does get you music, but the sound quality is definitely worse than a direct line by a large margine. How large a margin depends on a couple of factors, the most important of which are the quality of the modulator and the tuner you're receiving the signal on. Dynamic range is usually greatly compressed and frequency response is more limited as well. You're also open to many forms of interference that are not present or are more limited with a direct line in.

FM Modulators are a great way to go if you have a rental or leased car where you don't want to do any damage or a complex install you'll have to remove later. Failing that, you want a direct input. MP3 and most other digital forms already have some compression or limiting in them, so every transformation the music makes degrades it again. The fewer devices in the chain, the better you are.

Aux inputs are making a huge comeback in car stereo now due to the popularity of MP3 players. Some OEM units even have these inputs, and BMW has integrated iPod controls into some of their car stereos. Pretty neat!
 
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Excellent info Charles -- can I quote you on some of this for the article? I've got to finish it tomorrow.

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Charles, this is interesting stuff. I use an Ipod mini with i-trip in my Benz and I'm very happy with the sound. I suspect the CD head unit in the car isn't great in the first place, so this probably contributes to the impression that the ipod sounds comparatively good.

There's no doubt hardwiring is the way to go. I think the stacker has a very short life span. The useability of the ipod is so good, I'm sure other car manufacturers will follow BMW and get interfaces into their cars for third party portables.
 

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sorry to respond so late. i use my 30MB iPod with my G car. i use an FM transmitter, though. the sound is pretty weak (with any car). not a lot of bass or left/right separation. and you will hear static occasionally. would prefer to have an interface on the car as it can be tricky working it on the iPod, particularly if you have a lot of songs loaded on it (i have several hundred). plus, there aren't too many good places to put the iPod in the car. i do have a mount unit in my truck, but don't want to attach it (even though it's stickers) on the G car. let me know if you have any questions.

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Apple should hard wire

Someone needs to contact an Apple executive and get a hard-wired iPod option for the M and G cars. If you don't want it, you wouldn't need to have it, but those of us that do have iPods would greatly appreciate avoiding the generally bad FM modulation devices out there. Thoughts?
 

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I suspect one reason my i-trip works fine is that there aren't a lot of FM stations here in Adelaide to cause interference. Bring on hardwiring!

On matters sound related, has anyone upgraded the door speakers in their Gallardo?
 
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