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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-10-2015, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Best music source for 2015 RGS

Hello! I have a 2015 Road Glide Special with the Boom Box infotainment system, just installed an Arc Audio Moto 600.4 amp and Focal 165 KRC speakers. I have been playing music with an IPOD attached with of course MP3 music from I Tunes but I feel like the quality of the music isn't very good, so my question is......................
What is the highest resolution music that can be played through my factory head unit and where can you purchase it? I think that WAV file will play but I'm not sure of the resolution???

thanks for your help!!


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Not really sure where you could find much better music. Is your new amp and speakers not as good as you had hoped for?
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Ipod or other mp3 source is gonna be the best. It is pure digital.


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I'd agree w/the other comments, but the only other thing I'd compare the digital mp3 format too would be to go buy some digitally Re-Mastered cd's. Download them into ur itunes acct. on different formats. mp3 acc-or whatever format u can. forget the formats that they offer, but just sayin. Try that! Its really - really difficult to reproduce 'Clarity' w/the stock head unit.
b4 we know it here, someone will make a signal radio processor , like the one rockford makes for a car stock radio, that , when hooked up takes ur radio signals (Equalization) out of the radio and produces a , more or less , raw signal to amplify. Switching ur stock radio processing to a very 'Flat' signal. Therefore u can Amplify the Crab out of it and get the clarity of a aftermarket unit.
Just buy ya a aftermarket radio and install it. U be Plenty happy ya did! jmho


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There is a piece of software called Easy CD-DA extractor that will let you "rip" your CD's into MP3's and also set the bit rate. Starting with quality made MP3's is your best bet.

I'm currently in the middle of building playlists for the 27GB of MP3's I put on a little memory stick for my new RGS. Program called Playlist Creator does a nice job at this. Just takes some effort on your part.

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Hello! I have a 2015 Road Glide Special with the Boom Box infotainment system, just installed an Arc Audio Moto 600.4 amp and Focal 165 KRC speakers. I have been playing music with an IPOD attached with of course MP3 music from I Tunes but I feel like the quality of the music isn't very good, so my question is......................
What is the highest resolution music that can be played through my factory head unit and where can you purchase it? I think that WAV file will play but I'm not sure of the resolution???

thanks for your help!!
I would check your amp settings. I currently run the boom stage 1 series and they sound great. The Arc Moto amp is a good amp, you just need to toggle with the settings for the amount of speakers you are trying to push.


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Amp settings, radio EQ... make sure volumne on ipod isn't at 100% (run it at 70% and increase radio volume).

Other than that, the difference between mp3 (even "low quality") and a lossless format are *not* going to be noticed while the bike is started, let alone moving.

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I would say check your connections. You won't get a noticeably better source input than your iPod. If you're getting feedback or static, it's in your connections, not your source.


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the best music source input on that bike is a USB thumbdrive with wav, wma or mp3 files loaded ,,,,,,,

we have done about 7 of the 2015 RoadGlides so far here in Daytona, with the Arc 600.4 amplifier and J&M ROKKER XX 6.65' speakers (((see http://www.jmcorp.com/ProductDetail....RRK-6652TW-RXX ,,,,,,,

I would say that if your system sounds a little RATTY, you need to have your Harley radio flashed as ((4-spkrs Amp1 ON, Amp2 ON)) then re-adjust both of your amplifier input gains and crossover networks for the best sound ,,,,,,,

proper Harley radio flash and amp adjustments are far more important on that system than which type of music input file that you use ,,,,,

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the best music source input on that bike is a USB thumbdrive with wav, wma or mp3 files loaded ,,,,,,,



we have done about 7 of the 2015 RoadGlides so far here in Daytona, with the Arc 600.4 amplifier and J&M ROKKER XX 6.65' speakers (((see http://www.jmcorp.com/ProductDetail....RRK-6652TW-RXX ,,,,,,,



I would say that if your system sounds a little RATTY, you need to have your Harley radio flashed as ((4-spkrs Amp1 ON, Amp2 ON)) then re-adjust both of your amplifier input gains and crossover networks for the best sound ,,,,,,,



proper Harley radio flash and amp adjustments are far more important on that system than which type of music input file that you use ,,,,,

Probably more technical than necessary, but unless you choose high rate MP3 or WMA Lossless, those are NOT high quality sound sources. Of the three mentioned in the above post, only .wav files will maintain the quality of the original source. The other two(MP3 and WMA) will lose up to 90% of the original source file.

Also mentioned in the above posts, if your music sounds that bad with that setup, it's probably something other than your music source that is to blame.


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