Bluetooth Music Audio Quality

Bluetooth Music Audio Quality

Apologies if this was already posted, but I can't find it...

How is the audio quality of music (not calls) over bluetooth? Specifically from an iPhone or iPhone 5. I'm interested in using the Sirius app, since you can play on-demand and old content, so I was wondering if it will hold up against the normal XM integration.

rodhoffman | April 5, 2013

I have an iPhone 4 and quality is excellent when tethered.

rochec | April 5, 2013

Good enough to not get the sound package? I'm really only interested in it for the XM prep, the nicer speakers would be great, but I could live without them.

Captain_Zap | April 5, 2013

I'd be inclined to say that I would opt out on the Sound
Studio Package as it is right now. It hasn't lived up to my expectations yet for music but they are continuously making improvements. I do have high expectations because I like complex, dynamic music. I have been told by service that they are further developing the system.

If you have tried mp3 or bluetooth music that is compressed and doesn't leave you wanting, I think that the standard package would be adequate.

Just keep in mind that it isn't likely upgradable after the fact.
If you are an XM addict I think that the Sound Studio package is the only way to get it. (Not sure, double check that.)
Personally, I don't think XM sounds that great on any system.

DouglasR | April 5, 2013

I don't know much about XM, but with Bluetooth you are already compromising the sound quality somewhat because of compression. Thus if Bluetooth is your primary mode of listening, I'm not sure that the premium sound package will help. Premium sound makes the most difference when the source material is high quality, as, for example with lossless audio over USB.

JackB | April 5, 2013

If you set the iPhone EQ to Loudness and stream it through the premium sound system, the sound is amazing - it rivals my home system which has a $1500 pair of B&W tower speakers. I have always liked having the rich bass tones come from the front speakers rather than booming from the back, and once built my own custom amplifier and speakers for a 1981 Mazda GLC (back then you couldn't buy good sounding car audio equipment at any price). Kudos to Tesla for a great sound system!

Jack Bowers

rochec | April 5, 2013

JackB - are you saying the Upgraded system is amazing or the standard system is?

skulleyb | April 5, 2013

I had a premium infinity system in my last car and the ms puts it to shame!

inverts | April 5, 2013

I run itunes with AAC encoding on a iphone 5; have not tried going straight from USB stick. I did get the Sound package; my "reasoning" was that if I get such an amazing car, I better get all the possible bells and whistles (except for the P). I've never heard the standard system, so cannot compare.
Listen to pop/rock/alt/indie to odd baroque stuff (viols, viola d'amore, tromba marina). Particularly the baroque music sounds exquisite like when I play myself on the VdA. I did crank it up all to 11 (such a great practical joke!), and no noticeable distortion.
I've tried streaming Pandora through iphone, and it works. Currently exploring more of the slacker options at it uses MS's 3G, and keep my iphone data plan at a measly 300MB/month.
I did try to hook up an external mac CD-DVD USB drive, but that does not work.

JackB | April 10, 2013

Upgraded system is amazing.