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      03-06-2018, 05:08 PM   #1
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B&W Audio - Input Options

Just placed an order for a M550iX and added the B&W option after much hand wringing, which ended after realizing it's like $40 a month on a $90K car.

For those who have the B&W system, what are you using for audio inputs? For FLAC files, I assume they cannot be copied to the internal drive? For those who use an external USB device for the hires audio files, any recommendations? Did not see an online manual.
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Flac can be copied, but space is limited and it results in compression.

I use external hard drives up to 2TB without any issues.
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Just placed an order for a M550iX and added the B&W option after much hand wringing, which ended after realizing it's like $40 a month on a $90K car.

For those who have the B&W system, what are you using for audio inputs? For FLAC files, I assume they cannot be copied to the internal drive? For those who use an external USB device for the hires audio files, any recommendations? Did not see an online manual.
I have same thoughts while waiting for my car now. My utopia is using Apple Music thru WiFi (CarPlay). It should be very close to FLAC quality with user friendly environment.
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I have same thoughts while waiting for my car now. My utopia is using Apple Music thru WiFi (CarPlay). It should be very close to FLAC quality with user friendly environment.
I've copied FLAC files to my car and they display and play files just fine. I've only the standard HiFi system though so what ever I use it sounds poor.
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Smile Flac 파일 8gb 내장 가능

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I have same thoughts while waiting for my car now. My utopia is using Apple Music thru WiFi (CarPlay). It should be very close to FLAC quality with user friendly environment.
Doesn't Apple Music use Bluetooth to transmit audio?
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Doesn't Apple Music use Bluetooth to transmit audio?
Carplay uses a Bluetooth/Wifi handshake. So initial BT connection, but continued wifi.
Miracast would also use wifi.
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Will it play Apple Lossless (M4a) files from USB?
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Will it play Apple Lossless (MP4) files from USB?
Not sure about Apple. It does play flac. It does play mp4 movies.
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Will it play Apple Lossless (M4a) files from USB?
if you can send me sample - i can try..
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Update - the audio does play Apple Lossless (m4a) and will read an ExFAT formatted drive.
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