Facetime audio over Bluetooth on new car = low quality. :(

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zorinlynx, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Does anyone have this problem?

    My new car supports Bluetooth hands-free calling. However, when I use it for Facetime audio, it sounds like an AM radio, and the person I'm talking to hears me like an AM radio as well.

    Hell, it sounded loads better on my old car using a cassette tape adapter through the headphone jack on the phone! It's almost as if the phone is switching to a really low quality codec for voice calls.

    Music over bluetooth sounds great. What's the deal?
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The deal is that sending only music is easy compared to facetime at the same time with bluetooth. I suspect it is more that the phone can do at one time.

    I do not think I have ever heard about anyone using facetime in a car via bluetooth. Would it be that much of a problem in just disconnecting bluetooth and then doing facetime? I have done facetime over cellular and it works darn good.
  3. Magrathea macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2008
    So I just bought a Bluetooth Adaptor for my poor old car, it's a 99 so is a little behind the tech curve.

    I too noticed the low quality of FaceTime Audio so you are not alone (wifi and 3G). I believe it has to do with the bluetooth profile that Apple is using for FaceTime Audio over Bluetooth. There are the high quality ones for music, and I believer the Maps voice BUT Siri and FaceTime audio switch to a much lower quality codec / profile.
    It does sound ***** and is a massive deal killer for me even to use this $40 adaptor - I pity the poor bugger who spent more on the BlueTooth option for his auto though.

    I can't believe no one has complained about it before, are we the only two people on earth who have notice this? I have emailed Apple but who knows, IOS 8 ???

    (and the suggestion of plugging in the aux cable to the headphone port is completely unrealistic when driving)

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