Submitted by ALSET on Thu, 2019-06-06 08:50
2 weeks with my Tesla and I'll say it again, I love this car. Never been a car enthusiast but this car makes me look forward to driving like never before. Anyways, my big complaint so far is the music options on the car. I've seen countless threads on this already with Streaming vs USB vs FM radio.
**My question to anyone who knows is is it the streaming bitrate or an outdated bluetooth codec built into the Model S that is limiting the sound quality??**
Even though I don't consider myself even close to being an audiophile it's striking how rich and deep the sounds of HD radio on the car sound compared to Bluetooth over my iPhone X. The difference almost sounds like Stereo versus mono, FM sounds like it's using all the car's speakers and Bluetooth doesn't. Pandora Premium streams at 192 kbps and Apple Music streams at 256kbps but more importantly Apple uses AAC which from what I understand makes it's streaming music sound on par if not better than Spotify's 320 kbps. I'm not sure I can hear the difference between Pandora and Apple streaming, what I do know is both sound worse than FM. I've tried downloading the music to my phone for both Pandora and Apple to take the bitrate/stream out of the sound quality equation and I'm not sure if it sounds better than streaming (I can't tell) but again even downloaded it certainly doesn't sound nearly as good as HD FM. So my question is, is it the Bluetooth codec that's limiting the sound quality? If so why is it when I stream music from Pandora or Apple to my Bluetooth headphones I don't hear any degradation in sound quality? It makes me wonder if the Bluetooth compression used on the Tesla is dated compared to the newer headphones?
Can anyone verify any of this?