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Question about FLAC and transcoding

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iPhones, as I understand it, cannot play FLAC files natively. Instead, they transcode them to whatever format is acceptable to the phone.

So here's my question: if I stream a FLAC file from Plex to my iPhone, but connect the phone with a lightning cable to my head unit (which can play FLAC), will the file still be transcoded, or will the unit receive the pure FLAC file?

Just wondering if I can get away with keeping all my FLAC files intact and not have to worry about converting to ALAC (the Apple equivalent).
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All I know is that iPhone's maximum supported audio file specs are:

24 bit 48kHz

I keep my FLAC files in one Library, and a separate iTunes Library for my ALAC files for iPhone. Sucks, but that's all I know that works.
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