|Quote, originally posted by zippy753 »|
|I’d be interested to know how an iPod run through an FM modulator, which should be able to be processed by the HU as Dolby PL II, would compare to the Parrot MKi9200 without Dolby PL II processing. |
I would say the FM modulator greatly depends on where you are. I've had the FM transmitter for 2 years on my previous car in a suburban place and was happy with the sound (low end car with low end sound system, so I wasn't expecting much), but since I moved to Los Angeles, there is just too much interference with the FM transmitter. The FM modulator is better, but you can still hear interference. I've placed the modulator at the front, so the antenna wire ran from the HU to the back and front again to the FM modulator, which isn't the best setup. Sound was passable, but sometimes there is still sudden loss of volume which I presume is the interference I get from driving through a certain area (could be poor workmanship too).
Also, IIRC, the Parrot wires direct to the speakers. I've had a friend who had a Celica with premium sound (ie factory amp). We fixed a car pc on it and by-passed the factory amp. He was extremely unhappy with the sound volume and quality with that built in amp (amp + monitor in 1 unit). In the end, he go a aftermarket HU with an aux in and pre-amped outputs to make use of the factory amp.
I would think that you would be greatly disappointed with the parrot, if you were to bypass the factory premium audio amp. And since you are also in Los Angeles, I would presume that there is too much interference for that. I've a friend who is interested in putting the FM modulator on his Audi A4, but in the even he does not want it, we can meet and quickly fix it on without to see if you like the sound.