I'm finding it really difficult to find a new head
unit for my boat
to replace my old Alpine iXDA 100M.
I'm not that picky -- it doesn't need to be a "marine" model at all. Don't need any mechanical drive.
But what I do need are:
* Aptx Bluetooth. Ideally Aptx HD.
* DAB digital radio
* Ability to play FLAC files
* Decent built-in four-channel amp, as I don't plan to use an external one.
* Ipod control
* More than one USB input
Would be great if it had an optical (Toslink) input, but I think this doesn't exist.
I am surprised to see that a certain number of older models have AptX, but their newer updated models don't have any kind of AptX. Licensing issues?
Not a single
one I've seen has AptX HD which is a real shame -- as my boat
computer and soon to be new phone
both have it.
I'm trying to cut down on the huge nest of wiring
on my boat, and I think that Aptx Bluetooth is going to be the best way to connect different devices. I might well just start using my phone
as a preferred playback device.
I am not quite clear as to how the Bluetooth codec interacts with the audio file type -- a FLAC file might be transmitted in that same form, and so Aptx would be superfluous?
I will be grateful for any tips or recent experience from anyone.