How to cope; listening to ultra-low-fi in-vehicle audio when you're used to hifi

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    So, work's getting me a van to use daily instead of my own car. I might be in it 2-3 days per week. I've used a colleague's van of the same type and the sound system doesn't even pass the basic level of fisher-price toy sound quality. It sounds like the music is piped through a telephone, regardless of settings:( I still use my own car's sound system because although it isn't exactly hi-fi, it does get the basics right across the frequencies so it is listenable if unexciting.

    I know; 1st world problems and all that;), but bearing in mind I cannot change the sound system in my work's vehicle, what to do !? What are other people's 'coping strategies' in similar situations? I am a hug hifi snob in that listening to music in ultra-low-fi mode actually makes me feel like my ears are being polluted and the music is being ruined for me. Help !

    Has anyone heard of any kind of portable in-car audio that can be placed in the vehicle without installation ?
     
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    Bluetooth speaker?
     
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    Oh yeah. That could work! I don't suppose i would get an accurate stereo effect from the driver's seat though unless i could dash mount it without blocking my view. But at least there would be clean sounding audio on board. Hmm,worth thinking about thanks.
     
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    Put it behind if the cab is open.
     
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    Listen to radio 5live :)
     
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    That’s just cruel and nasty torture :confused:
     
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    It's only available on mw (unless you have one of the new fanged dab thingies) so no issues with sound quality. Also having to swap between 909 and 693 keeps you awake.
     
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    There is a narrow shelf at head height behind the seats so yes, in theory a battery operated bluetooth or soundbar type thingie could offer me better sound and an approximation of stereo too. Thanks folks, that is just the kind of inspiration I was after:thumbsup:
     
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    If the van has a cigar lighter socket you could add an inverter to provide mains power.

    Just make sure that anything behind you is well secured. You don’t want it flying into the back of you head in an accident.
     
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    +1 for a DAB radio add-on.
    A wide range of interference-free stations to choose from and you take it with you when you lose the van you have now........ new models are eqipped with BlueTooth, very easy to fit and don't cost very much (circa £180)

    I had exactly the same dilemma you described and have never regretted fitting a DAB unit.
    DAB interface for Headunits - Alpine - EZi-DAB




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