I'm a bit confused regarding USB remote connection. 2012 Rubicon comes standard equipped with Media Center 130 with Sirius Satellite Radio free 1st year. The 2012 Jeep Wrangler owners DVD refers to the USB connector in the center console, however I don't have this in my 2012 Rubicon.
That USB is pretty cool.
I've been leaving an 8GB flash drive plugged into the center console and it seems like a great way to augment the on board storage for music.
I'm using a folding USB adapter so the drive is flat against the side of the storage area and doesn't get in the way.
2012 Unlimited Rubicon - Natural Green
Every Day Driver
What did you guys think of the sound quality when streaming via the console USB. When I checked one out at the dealer it sounded ok, but not as good as regular FM, which suprised me since I was using files with a 256 bit rate?
I find the USB audio to be somewhat hissy and/or scratchy on occasion, but it still sounds better than Sirius. BT streaming audio sounds about the same as USB, which leads me to believe that the DAC in the 130 is crap. I've been happily(*) using the AUX jack.
The biggest problem I have with USB/BT audio is the lack of playback control when using an iDevice. There's no way to temporarily pause the audio (bank window, toll booth, drive through).
* I sure wouldn't mind having that Connectivity $ back in my pocket.
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