mrlajoie said:I can't compare the two, but I can say that the Zumo 550 does just about everything I want it to do. The only issue I have so far is that you must use an audio cable to use the XM Radio. Everything else will come through on the BT.
I did use it to go to Florida this year and it worked great. Always got to where I wanted to be. Pairs up well with my Nolan N-Com Helmet and my Blackberry Curve! I love having the weather available during a ride.
I think BMW riders find their bikes so easy to ride with cruise, collision avoidance and steering linked up to satnav, that little or no concentration is needed to avoid getting killed (!) The music quality then takes on a higher position in the wish list. I make an exception for pillions who aren't quite getting the same thrills as the rider.mrlajoie said:It has always surprised me at how concerned people are with the audio quality of the music they listen to while they ride. Whether they are listening to Bach, Sugar Land or 3 Doors Down they go to great lengths to improve the quality by some means. In truth we are lucky to have tech that allows us to hear it at all. Mp3's are down-sampled from a much higher (44k Stereo) source down to about half of that in most cases. Even satellite radio is down-sampled to some extent. Then they introduce BT and any 'radio' interference that is introduced by that technology cruise down the interstate at speeds that range from a modest 55 mph up to 80 mph (legal limits) which introduces even more noise to the environment.
Just an observation... or a rant... you decide.
By the time you hear "a horn" the dance has already ended. Often too late and not much you can do about it anyway.voxmagna said:....
Mp3's are ok at around 196 kb/s stereo, but once you play them over a wireless link forget quality. Anyway, if you were really after audio quality you'ld be wearing a headset with at least 80dB rejection of extraneous noise. In which case, you'd never hear that warning horn and be so immersed you might as well be riding smashed out on some pills or too many beers.