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audio quality - bluetooth vs cord

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I'm still considering getting a used gen1 volt and saving a ton of money instead of getting a tesla model 3.

I was shocked to learn that teslas don't let you play audio through USB from your phone, only via bluetooth, since bluetooth audio quality isn't as good as USB quality.

Can gen 1 volts play audio from your phone via a plugged in USB cord, or is it only via bluetooth? And has anyone tested to see if you can hear the difference in sound quality?
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Bluetooth sounds good. With the aux cable or USB cord it does sound better. But I hate using the USB because it sends the Volt into a long indexing routine to snag the song titles and artists - and that part is buggy. So in my G1 I use Bluetooth for convenience and my daughter uses the aux cable for the simplicity of not having to pair and select Bluetooth audio sources.

Another note, tech aux cable always works. Bluetooth is buggy. When you first start the car, count to 30 or 40 seconds before trying to play a Bluetooth audio source. Any attempts to hurry puts you into a sequence of turning off Bluetooth on the phone, turning it back on, trying audio, power cycling the bolt infotainment system, repeating. If at first audio doesn't flow, on a newer iPhone, swipe up from the bottom, swipe left if you aren't already on the audio controller, tap the triangle button, then select the iPhone speakers for the audio out, then select the volt an audio should start flowing. But I find it easier to back out, turn around, then fiddle then change audio source to Bluetooth - patience always works.
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Gen 1 can play audio directly from any iOS device via USB. Anything else you will need to use AUX port. Gen 1 Bluetooth do NOT support stereo streaming, mono voice calls only.
I think you are confused. The volt's Bluetooth does support stereo streaming of music, podcast, and audio from video. It's the cellular phone company that doesn't do stereo voice calls.
Wow really? Gen 1 bluetooth makes your music play in MONO? To me that would sound like a HUGE difference.
I stream music every day in my volt, it is stereo. The previous post was wrong. It was referring to phone calls.
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