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    Bluetooth receiver. Which one and how's the quality?

    Looking to change up how my moto xoom is installed in my car in an effort get rid of some wires but without sacrificing audio quality (hopefully). I was thinking about using a bluetooth receiver for car stereo processor (audison bitone). Do you guys have a recommendation for what receiver to use? Is there a significant drop in quality streaming via bluetooth in the car? I remember steaming my blackberry years ago to a crappy headunit via bluetooth and the sq was awful. Hopefully things have changed since then.

    FWIW, I am running a motorola xoom, typically using PowerAMP and slacker radio for music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechainrule View Post
    Looking to change up how my moto xoom is installed in my car in an effort get rid of some wires but without sacrificing audio quality (hopefully). I was thinking about using a bluetooth receiver for car stereo processor (audison bitone). Do you guys have a recommendation for what receiver to use? Is there a significant drop in quality streaming via bluetooth in the car? I remember steaming my blackberry years ago to a crappy headunit via bluetooth and the sq was awful. Hopefully things have changed since then.

    FWIW, I am running a motorola xoom, typically using PowerAMP and slacker radio for music.
    Any bluetooth 2.1 adapter that supports a2dp should work fine. I stream daily from my PC to my bluetooth headphones and I'm usually fine as far as audio quality. I do remember when streaming from my phone that I'd get some random cuts in the audio then some pitch shifts as the buffer caught up to real time. I haven't experienced this for a while now and I can't think of a time that I've experienced it from the PC.

    It looks like audio is encoded with the SBC coded ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SBC_(codec) ) although outher codecs are optionally supported mpeg1, 2, AAC, etc. I suppose it depends on the adapter and the bluetooth stack codec support...
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    im using the Rim's blackbery bty adapter, after trying a few. no batteries is a must. feed power, its on and connecting. devices with battroes try to save them = connectuon issues. my 2c.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    im using the Rim's blackbery bty adapter, after trying a few. no batteries is a must. feed power, its on and connecting. devices with battroes try to save them = connectuon issues. my 2c.
    +1 about the RIM BT module, it does autoconnect (which is a huge factor) and sounds just fine. I also have experience with Monoprice's bt adapter, but it is not nearly as compact as the RIM adapter and it doesn't automatically reconnect after a lost connection which would be a dealbreaker for me (even though it's a lot cheaper). A third option is the Jabra bt3030, but you have to be super careful with that one since there are a ton of fakes out there. A bonus with the Jabra is that it has mic input so you can use it for phone conversations via the headset profile in addition to streaming radio or music.

    All in all, especially for the streaming radio stuff, any of the ones mentioned so far will do the trick.

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