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I have a Kenwood DDX9905S head unit w/ a Helix DSP Pro MK2 & a couple of Hertz amps. I have a pretty extensive library of music on my iPhone XS. Unfortunately, the Kenwood head unit will not play the Apple Hi Res. formats (ALAC or AAC). My thought has been to run a USB directly to the DSP to take advantage of the Hi Res music file. The only problem with that is - it's still my phone!... When a call comes in, I'm assuming, the phone will NOT automatically switch to Bluetooth nor will I be able to answer the call through the head unit.

Being that this is well beyond my scope of knowledge, I'm hoping some of you could provide a solution to this situation.

On a side note - I've been working with SkizeR on my setup. He was the one who originally mentioned this idea to me. But we never discussed the details.
 

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I have a Kenwood DDX9905S head unit w/ a Helix DSP Pro MK2 & a couple of Hertz amps. I have a pretty extensive library of music on my iPhone XS. Unfortunately, the Kenwood head unit will not play the Apple Hi Res. formats (ALAC or AAC). My thought has been to run a USB directly to the DSP to take advantage of the Hi Res music file. The only problem with that is - it's still my phone!... When a call comes in, I'm assuming, the phone will NOT automatically switch to Bluetooth nor will I be able to answer the call through the head unit.

Being that this is well beyond my scope of knowledge, I'm hoping some of you could provide a solution to this situation.

On a side note - I've been working with SkizeR on my setup. He was the one who originally mentioned this idea to me. But we never discussed the details.
How about just adding the Bluetooth HEC to the Helix?
 

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How about just adding the Bluetooth HEC to the Helix?
Holy CRAP! I just looked that up on their website. That might just work. But will the Kenwood auto switch when I receive calls???

SkizeR... We've got some work to do!!!
 

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Holy CRAP! I just looked that up on their website. That might just work. But will the Kenwood auto switch when I receive calls???

SkizeR... We've got some work to do!!!
IDK about iPhone, but on android you can set one device to play media through BT, and one to handle phone calls. I *think* iphone can do this also.
 

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Do the files have drm? If not I'd turn em into flac or something the deck will handle and put them on a USB stick. That deck is really good at reading quickly large drives. I have 128g on mine and it works quite well.
 

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IDK about iPhone, but on android you can set one device to play media through BT, and one to handle phone calls. I *think* iphone can do this also.
Just got off the phone with Apple. the iPhone doesn't support two bluetooth connections at the same time. I did ask if I could have it plugged into the Kenwood and stream to the DSP at the same time. That wouldn't work either. So... maybe another solution would be is to get an iPod Touch and have that wired directly to the DSP while the iPhone is plugged into the Kenwood just so I could still have access to carplay.

What do you guys think?
 

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Do the files have drm? If not I'd turn em into flac or something the deck will handle and put them on a USB stick. That deck is really good at reading quickly large drives. I have 128g on mine and it works quite well.
I'm not sure what is "DRM"?!? The file are Apple lossless (ALAC). I have close to 500 songs that I'd rather not re-purchase.
 

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Do the files have drm? If not I'd turn em into flac or something the deck will handle and put them on a USB stick. That deck is really good at reading quickly large drives. I have 128g on mine and it works quite well.
I'm not sure what is "DRM"?!? The file are Apple lossless (ALAC). I have close to 500 songs that I'd rather not re-purchase.
Digital rights management. I was thinking you could convert them. But Apple did what they always do. It's most likely you can't cover them into an open format. That do that so you are stuck with there stuff for life.
 

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I'm not sure what is "DRM"?!? The file are Apple lossless (ALAC). I have close to 500 songs that I'd rather not re-purchase.
DRM is digital rights management. You may be able to convert the files using foobar2000 or something similar. Not too familiar with ALAC.
 

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Just got off the phone with Apple. the iPhone doesn't support two bluetooth connections at the same time. I did ask if I could have it plugged into the Kenwood and stream to the DSP at the same time. That wouldn't work either. So... maybe another solution would be is to get an iPod Touch and have that wired directly to the DSP while the iPhone is plugged into the Kenwood just so I could still have access to carplay.

What do you guys think?
ipod would be the last thing i suggest. I'd suggest just converting your alac/aac files to flac or mp3
 

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DRM is digital rights management. You may be able to convert the files using foobar2000 or something similar. Not too familiar with ALAC.
Alrighty... Spoke with another rep at Apple. Any music that I have purchased CAN be converted. There aren't any DRM's that I would have to worry about. Now for the Apple music files, those are protected by DRM. So I did a search for converting ALAC to FLAC and found this website;
Easiest Way to Convert Apple Lossless/ALAC Files to FLAC

Let me know what you guys think?...
 

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DRM is digital rights management. You may be able to convert the files using foobar2000 or something similar. Not too familiar with ALAC.
Alrighty... Spoke with another rep at Apple. Any music that I have purchased CAN be converted. There aren't any DRM's that I would have to worry about. Now for the Apple music files, those are protected by DRM. So I did a search for converting ALAC to FLAC and found this website;
Easiest Way to Convert Apple Lossless/ALAC Files to FLAC

Let me know what you guys think?...
Worth a shot. Although usually when I find a tutorial like that and download the program there's more involved. Signing up or subscription. Maybe other know of a good free program. Or even a buy once.
 

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I gotta say that this so called "audiophile" or "audio enthusiast" world is very small. Not many people know about the little details. Thank the audio Gods for DIYMA!!!
 

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Audio Jesus. Haha. I'm not sure if you have a Mac or pc but this is what the Mac guys are saying is the best.

https://sourceforge.net/projects/xld/
Very nice. Thanks. I have a MacBook Pro at home so i'll download it later. I'm thinking that I should put the FLAC music files on a flash drive to play through the Kenwood DDX9905S.
 

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Yes. That's how I have done it and the deck handles it great. Plus your phone still rings and I assume you can use carplay. I use android auto the same way.
 

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Yes. That's how I have done it and the deck handles it great. Plus your phone still rings and I assume you can use carplay. I use android auto the same way.
Sweet! Yup - I could do CarPlay as long as I plug in my iPhone. Android can be done via Bluetooth. I use CarPlay mainly for WAZE & text messaging. Any recommendations on a good quality flash drive?
 

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Alright Gents...

I figured it all out. Converted all ALAC music files to FLAC using AVDShare Audio Converter and the music sounds extraordinary! Going forward I'll be using either HDTracks or Qobuz. Thanks for your help guys. This one was tricky.

Danny
 

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Alright Gents...

I figured it all out. Converted all ALAC music files to FLAC using AVDShare Audio Converter and the music sounds extraordinary! Going forward I'll be using either HDTracks or Qobuz. Thanks for your help guys. This one was tricky.

Danny
Right on. I'm glad it all worked out for you.
 
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