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Old 06-28-2009, 04:51 PM
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HTC TP not a good music player?

A while back my car stereo head unit got jacked. For a while I had nothing but amps and speakers in my car but no tunes. So I had some free time, bought some adapters and set the whole thing up to play music from my phone. I plug in my phone, play the music on my phone and it lines into my amplifiers and there we are.

Problem is that it sounds like crap. My system sounded awesome before so I have to blame the phone. There is some weird flange like wang to the voices and highs, makes them sound unnatural. The highs all sound lispy. It's just a mess, not enjoyable. I've played with all the gains, tried different winmo music players. tried a software eq on the phone, nothing.

Is there anything I can do? Can I expect this out of any hand held music player? Will an ipod do a better job for me?

I like the convenience of not having a stack of CD's but I can't keep this up.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:01 PM
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

I use my TP for my music all the time in my car. My CD Player broke but I had the AV hookups so I use my TP instead of listening to the radio. The only way I way able to get GREAT sound out of my amp and 12's were to adjust the volume on the TP AND radio. I would imagine the TP wasn't made to hookup directly to the amp and speakers. Why not return all the stuff you bought and grab a cheap deck with AV hookups? They are really cheap like $30 probably what you spent on the parts just to hookup the TP directly to the amp. Hope this helps a little
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:57 PM
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

If that is the problem I certainly could do that. Just hoping to verify from some first hand experience that the HTC TP will not work properly in my current set up first. I also am not opposed to buying a dedicated hand held music player if the output signal would work better than my phone.
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

I used my in my old 03 Killed IN Action AKA KIA Spectra. The car came stock with pioneer speakers and a 150 watt sanyo radio. When ever I would use my phone for music, I would adjust the phone volume and car radio volume until it sounded great. Never had a problem.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:09 PM
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

Ya from the sounds of it you will need some kind of volume control so you can lower the TP sound to about 65-75% then use the volume control to boost the sound to the amps. Plus I don't think the TP has enough amps to really push anything with only the TP connected. I have the same problem too many CD's and to small of a space to hold them. I got a 16 GB mem card and put my music on there and if I get tired of my personal CD's I just turn pandora on that + CD's = TONS AND TONS of music
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

I use my phone in my car all the time, just jack it in to the AUX jack and adjust as needed. Not a stereo expert, but I would think that since the TP isn't designed with an amp & large speakers in mind in needs something (i.e. a head unit) to make the components interact as desired. Could be wrong, but I have seen plenty of posts where the TP sound is piped through car audio (via some kind of connection to a head unit) just fine
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

i use my tp daily as my "ipod" in my car, i use the included htc adapter and a normal mini headphone jack attached to my aux in stereo input...and for software i use the latest tcpmp loaded with a full playlist set to shuffle, and i assigned the volume up/down buttons to skip next or backwards, changes tracks instantly, dont need to mess with eq, sounds crystal clear depending on mp3 quality and if u put the volume up to max it almost sounds like it gets a clean boost
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

I'm pretty sure the signal sent out from your phone is very weak and it is not equalized.
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

the problem, if your running the TP through an amp, would be setting the gains correctly. most amps cant be adjusted to match the output voltage of the TP. to set the gains you need a volt meeter and a test sound to set it up.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:34 PM
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Re: HTC TP not a good music player?

It is true that the signal output of your TP (and any other device designed to plug headphones into) is different than the ouput of a car stereo head unit. The difference in voltage and impedance is likely to cause a limited, but usually acceptable rance of volume before distortion. It is not however going to cause what I believe you heard. It sounds to me like you are hearing phasing.

For example, when you haven't pushed your headphones all the way in, you first will hear sound in only one ear, then a little farther in you start the hear the same sound in both ears, then at just the right point, you just hear quiet and BAD sound. What happens is the pole sending the signal for the right ear is shorted to ground, so the negative refernce for left becomes the right signal. What you hear is the difference between the two.

So to answer your questions, the TP is as good a music player as any (yes there are sonic differences, but they are minor enough not to be noticed next to the poor quality of compressed mp3s). Reconfiguring through a new deck will resolve your problem. But, you may be able to simply double check your adapters and connections and be in good shape.
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