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post Dec 15 2012, 05:39
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I have a kenwood excelon 996 and I am able to play FLAC files that are on my Samsung Galaxy S3 over blue tooth to the kenwood unit through the car stereo speakers.

What I want is a head unit that will read flac files right off the USB thumb drive right into the head unit.

I have seen some threads through google searching where people have been trying to do this since 2005. The last thread I saw on google, some one had tried this back in 2009.

Does anyone have any information on FLAC support on any current car audio products other than the "psudeo" way I am doing it now?
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post Mar 10 2013, 01:58
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I've recently been doing some research trying to find a head unit that plays FLAC. Of course I could convert to another format but storage is cheap and it's easier to drag and drop files onto a USB stick.

Of the "major" brands in the US only Kenwood will have one; their KMM-100U will be available around the end of March 2013: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113KMM100U/Ke...d-KMM-100U.html. Frankly I was hoping for something more high end. This unit is only $100 and doesn't have many features. Note that it doesn't even play spinning discs, which is ok with me.

I also discovered another series of related brands which make full featured head units which play FLAC. That would be Soundstream/Fahrenheit/Power Acoustik. Examples: http://www.soundstream.com/html/source-units-inteq.html, http://www.poweracoustik.com/pa2012/source...ts-ingenix.html.

Anyone familiar with those brands? I'm a little leery of them since I've never heard of them until today, but I haven't been following car audio for a long time.
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