"That's life" or another issue with VW Bluetooth

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  1. r11

    r11 New Member

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    In addition to omitting the Play/Pause control on the steering wheel, there seems to be a more serious issue here.

    While listening to one of my Sinatra favs: "Thats life", while having my Galaxy SII paired through VW's own BT implementation, I noticed that the music sounded weird.

    Throughout the song Old Blue Eyes goes "that's life !" and then the girls in the chorus repeat that, at may be 80% of Frank's volume.

    Guess what, you can not even hear the chorus at all. As if VW's BT somehow clips one of the 2 stereo channels down to almost nothing. Nothing I do with settings in VW menus or on my phone seems to help. Same issue when I use a different player on the phone.

    When I play the same tune using same player, but going through "Kensington LiquidAux" bluetooth adapter, using VW's "Aux" input, it plays perfectly, no issues at all.

    The issue, of course, is not specific to this tune, all of the music sounds weird like that .

    On a funny note I drove from NJ to PA yesterday, while listening to music through VW's bluetooth and got to PA (100 mile drive) with a headache that I couldn't explain ... now I know it is due to listening to only 1/2 of what was on those tracks.

    It is not like the music sounds like out of balance (coming out of left or right speaker) but it seems that VW's BT A2DP implementation somehow manages to clip one of the stereo channels coming in, then it amps whatever is left, mixes it and dishes it out through car speakers.

    My situation sux big time. Imagine what would it take to even explain the issue to the techs. Not sure if it is defective BT module or they butchered the A2DP by design ...

    I am back to the Kensington LiquidAux kit.

    Can folx with BT-connected smart phones try to reproduce ? Ideally, a stereo track where you can easily see if a channel is outta whack or not.

    Again, it does connect and play and everything, but it seems like they clip one of the stereo channels.

    Any idea if VCDS has a setting somewhere (Like A2DP "Mono"/"Stereo" bit ) ?
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  2. r11

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  3. glenroebuck

    glenroebuck New Member

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    this is probably my issue I have a Galaxy Nexus and when paired with the car the audio goes in and out like I have a crappy connection -switch to private and I hear just fine guess my phone over bluetooth is sending a stereo audio? Works just fine on my Galaxy SII

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