Originally Posted by madaudio
Hope this is still a live thread.
Is there anyway of playing flac files from a portable media player through the aux jack of the car audio system?
If so, which portable media players might play flac, and have a an aux out jack socket to connect to the car's aux in?
Would I be better off considering play via a tablet with a flac app and line out, or even a laptop with a line out?? Would I need to be concerned about compatibility (electrically speaking, power-level wise) with device line out and car sound line in?
Just hoping for better quality sound in the car than MP3 files from a usb flash drive (will not trust original cd's in a car cd player).
Car is a Honda Accord Euro 2011/12 model and sound system is the model without also navigation.
IOS devices don't play flac natively, but there are third party apps available. Android has plenty of FLAC players available, and they integrate better at the OS level.
Playing FLAC through a line out will get you very good sound quality, and will be hard to improve on in a car environment. Theoretically, the components may make a difference, but there's far too much noise and bad acoustics in even a well designed car for you to be able to hear it. It's hard enough to hear the difference between a 320kbps AAC file and a FLAC/ALAC/CD version in a car environment, so anything that sends a clean line-out signal from a lossless file will sound great.