So, time to swap the Passport Elite. I've been playing Tidal Hifi hi rez (24/96) stereo files via USB, sort of using the Android Auto interface but using my android phone's Tidal app. Since I got a 512GB flash chip in my phone, I find it more complete and better searching.
I've had Acuras since '87, we had a number of TLs, RDXs, TSXs and a TLX with ELS. I love the sound of ELS, even in stereo. It sounds really good. I used to take my recorded LPs at 24/96 and burn them into CDRs. They always played fantastic.
So, my questions are, with the current ELS in the MDX:
(1) How easy is it to use the default head end software to search through the stored music? Say I had an external 1TB drive with dual USB, one for power one for the audio nterface.
(2) Does the audio USB provide enough power to run an external hard drive?
(4) Can you have the smart phone and the external USB audio storage running at the same time?
(5) How good is the simulated surround sound from stereo sources?
We have to place the order for the replacement car very soon.
Hello everyone, new to the forum, and I recently purchased a 2021 RDX A-spec. My question pertains to the load times for an external USB storage device. I have a little over 300GB of music in .m4a and/or .flac which can take up to 30 minutes to load in order to browse the artists. This seems excessive. I have tried an external SSD and USB 3.2 flash drive but have the same problems. I have had/and still have vehicles that have no problem with this task. Right now I'm not much into the 5.1 aspect of the system just yet, just 2 channel stereo sound. And also my iPod is a nightmare and I've pretty much gave up using it.
Does this load time seem normal or is it the amount of data causing this? HELP!
Sorry I missed this post back when you posted. For archive sake, here goes:
1) Once the drive in indexed, it's pretty quick. I have about 300Gb on a 500Gb Samsung T5 SSD that is powered through its USB port (one connector) and it doesn't take too long to rescan after I swap it with another if I do
2) Not sure if there is enough power to use a non-SSD drive
3) SSD for sure
4) NO. There is only one port to the MOST Bus, and it's either your phone for Android or Car Play, or your USB
5) The simulated surround is that DTS Neo or whatever, I hate it. I leave it off. It does not even come close to the older Dolby system they had in the earlier ELS systems (IMHO)
I have a Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G and as far as I can tell it is whatever resolution the file (even 192) is what is playing from the phone. I have been playing Apple Music as well as FLAC files using USB Player Pro and it all sounds fab though Android Auto.
I use Apple Music, Qobuz and FLAC files with no additional drivers. If you're using Tidal to play your "hi-rez" files with MQA (and I'm not going to get into bashing MQA) technically I believe those files are actually lossy.
I have an Acura RDX and I can only tell you that, using Android Auto, the files coming off my phone appear to playback at what ever the resolution of the file is. In any case, anything I play in the car sounds excellent regardless of resolution.
I also believe that, using a USB drive with 96/24 FLAC files you also get audio at 96/24.
I have the 2020 RDX with an ELS system and Android Auto. I had Carplay with my Apple iPhone but I switched to Android because of increased capacity (512GB internal) and the SD Card eternal storage with another 512GB. I am currently running out my Qobuz subscription because their app is so buggy and hard to use (and it's really unstable with Android Auto). Apple music is less expensive at $9.99/month and you get up to 192/24 on some titles. In any case, everything is lossless now.OK, so we really don't know, I mean it does sound much better than XM or the radio.
We do know that ELS sounds very good, and even the system in my Passport and Clarity sound pretty good when I drive them with Tidal masters off my Android phone.
Also, which RDX do you have, the ones I had, all Tech AWD, 13, 14 and 15 did not have Android Auto, so I assume you got the current gen.
Still, I pine for the days when our TSX Sport Wagons had the DVD-A. On the same day I borrowed a couple of surround DVD-As, the freeway got completely shutdown ( 100 foot crane across all lanes ) and it took me like an hour and a half to crawl a mile to the nearest exit. However, I didn't care as I was immersed in the music. ;-)
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