A Case for Bluetooth Streaming - 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus Signature: A Case for Bluetooth Streaming

April 04, 2011

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This was my first weekend in the Equus -- out of the trunk, at least. I've gotta say, I really like this car. For a minimum savings of $10,000 compared to a BMW 7 Series, I think I might actually take the Equus. To me, it's just smart money. Sure, depreciation will get you, so maybe one coming off of a lease in a few years. There's just one problem I have with the big Hyundai…

No Bluetooth streaming audio. I know, some will argue that this feature is not relevant. Some will say it's headed for the scrap heap. Let me explain why I wish I had it.

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That's my iPhone on the right. It's protected by a Vapor Extreme Metals case made by ElementCase. You see, I have a penchant for well-made and beautifully designed objects that are incredibly inconvenient. This case is CNC machined from a solid block of aircraft grade aluminum, skeletonized to be nearly weightless. Then it's bead blasted and nickel anodized. I think it's gorgeous. But some reports say that it degrades signal quality. I don't care, I hate talking on the phone anyways. But the section that's channeled-out for the dock is only big enough for the iPhone cable that comes with the phone.

That's a problem for Hyundai and Kia cars that use a proprietary cable that is too fat to fit.

OK, fine, it's a problem for idiots like me that bought this case.

But I like Bluetooth streaming audio, and not just because it's a fix for my case issue. Being able to keep my phone in my pocket or backpack seems right for this day and age. Cables seem so last millennium. I realize that I can't browse through my music collection, but I usually set it to shuffle anyways. Plus, I have a tendency to forget my phone in the car when it's in the center console. Of course, being able to charge the phone at the same time is handy, but maybe cordless charging will make it into vehicles as an OEM feature someday.

I suppose if I actually owned the Equus, I'd shave down the iPhone cable to fit my stoopid case. It's not the strongest argument for Bluetooth streaming, but I think it's a great feature nonetheless.

What say you? Flash in the pan or the way of the future?

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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