Originally Posted by Noubourne
Nope. I tested again and found a "HD" or high quality audio streaming setting on the phone and turned it on.
That did not change the garbled high frequency sounds. Cymbals are garbled. Even the snare drums sound wacky. Definitely noticeable.
Don't think it's my phone. Just think it's A2DP. At least until I hear it working correctly anywhere else...
Till then it's easy enough to hook up my phone via USB and listen to what's on it that way if necessary. I have listened off it a few times to recharge it. The issue there is that it's hard to control since the iPod thinks it's plugged in - and the stereo tells me to control it on the phone...
As another followup on my X993:
Recently I took my car in to replace the stock front speakers. The high end was just missing compared to my home, and so I wanted to upgrade the fronts - the stock ones just sounded soft and rolled off to me.
I decided on some Hertz DSK165 components. They were well recommended, sounded great in the store, and were high sensitivity so I was likely to be able to get away running them off the 993. I also had a Dynamat kit installed in the front doors.
The difference is night and day. The dampening made a noticeable difference, but really it's the speakers that have done the job. WOW. Just wow. I used to think only certain albums were "good" for cymbal crashes to hear where the old speakers were not quite up to snuff. Now, almost every album I have listened to has sounded crisp and crystal clear. The cymbals sound much more like real cymbals.
I definitely want to emphasize how important it is to turn off DSP on the KDC X993. When I first sat in the car after the shop had worked on it, I noticed a big difference. I settled in and started to test out material I had been checking for lack of that crisp high end.
After about 10 minutes, I realized there was a significant hiss in spots that were previously near-silent on almost all albums. Some albums I have noticed in the past to have a different noise floor - I have a couple live albums with a noticeable hiss - but I did not notice it across every album! I wondered if the higher sensitivity and somewhat quieter cabin was making this noticeable?
Then I started to notice a harsh, garbled sibilance on S and T in Radiohead and on cymbal crashes. I hopped between a few other albums and I could hear it in almost every song. The speakers were starting to tear apart my ears and I couldn't turn it up as loud as before because of the wicked harshness!! I wondered if I was going to have to spend another $500 to get rid of this crap!!!!!
Then I realized where I had heard those artifacts before. I checked the settings - and sure enough - that DSP setting had been turned back on. The moment I disabled it, the hiss disappeared (or at least dropped to its previous near-unnoticeable level) and the cymbals started to sound round and shimmery - without the prickly pinny harshness that was scraping my eardrums before. Just like that - BLISS.
THESE ARE AWESOME SPEAKERS. I am really totally satisfied with the huge leap in performance. Again: Night and day!! I know you can get much better - but at this price point - I would not hesitiate to recommend them for anyone on a budget who is not looking to run a separate amp. They perform spectacularly well on the 12-17w that this deck puts out.
Hertz DSK165 - great entry level speakers, even without a separate amp.
Kenwood KDC-X993 - great entry-level head unit - AS LONG AS DSP IS TURNED OFF!!!