Last post on Dec 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM
You are in the Sedans
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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#18387 of 20239 Re: Lemmings [benjaminh]
Jun 13, 2013 (12:39 pm)
That's an old report. Since then, several other vehicles have earned the Top Safety Pick+ including the 2014 Mazda6.
#18388 of 20239 Re: Passat, Accord [mani_o]
Jun 13, 2013 (1:31 pm)
The Accord had transmission issues affecting a minor amount of Accords versus the millions made.
They have since corrected those issues for the last 5 years or so at least.
CR is spot-on.
#18389 of 20239 Re: accord disappointment [akirby]
Jun 13, 2013 (1:33 pm)
If MP3 is compressed at 256k, what would you guess a CD to be at? Let's say a newer type CD created in the last 10 years...or rather of only 10 year old music?
You are saying that an iPod is much cleaner than the best MP3? or?
This is all very good info. I appreciated your post a lot. Answered many questions/wonderments I have always had ever since the first MP3 type file came along. My nephew has created many digital files for DJ work. I have heard some at an outdoor party once, but not in an environment like your car or home where you can make a memory comparo. I have a feeling he must use a high bitrate...oh..I recall he was using an iPod docked to something else, a big mixer of some sort I think.
#18390 of 20239 Re: top 6 in midsize sales for May [imidazol97]
Jun 13, 2013 (1:36 pm)
When some keep goodmouthing an undeserving company, some buyers just keep on buying because Maude at cards said she loves her Camry and has had almost now trouble with it, e.g..
If it was really that easy, all the bad undeserving companies out there would spend all their marketing dollars good-mouthing their vehicles.
Maybe they do, but it doesn't seem to work as many companies have been bailed out recently, and some multiple times (Chrysler).
#18391 of 20239 Re: accord disappointment [gimmestdtranny]
Jun 13, 2013 (1:39 pm)
Lossless audio bitrates typically run in the 500k to 1MB/second realm.
IPOD's have Apple Lossless audio format, but I don't think I-tunes sells it. You can take your CD's and make apple lossless files though. Keeps about 99% of the quality, whereas in 256k I'd say your getting 80 to 90%.
Jun 13, 2013 (1:57 pm)
Taking a quick trip to Michigan and back this weekend for my nephew's graduation party. About 1600 miles round trip, 3 or 4 people in the car.
My normal driving is averaging 27.5 mpg, but I still only just hit 2400 miles after 14 weeks.
I like Sat radio because there are no commercials, you still get the human component and I like the themed channels. It's great for listening to sports on a long trip, too.
#18393 of 20239 Re: Lemmings [benjaminh]
Jun 13, 2013 (2:51 pm)
...and I know that Toyota has a history of cars that have longevity, especially in countries where they are barely ever serviced and keep soldiering on and I respect that...but every car has weaknesses, and Toyota owners replace alternators, water pumps, and batteries just as often as many other sedans and compacts...(like Civic vs Corolla vs Sentra). I know because my mothers last car was an 01 Sentra and it never, ever broke down in 170k. We sold it to a friend, and he is still driving it on the original clutch at roughly 200k. My mom drive a stick till she was 73!
#18394 of 20239 Re: Lemmings [benjaminh]
Jun 13, 2013 (5:06 pm)
The small offset frontal crash test was introduced in 2012. Many vehicles that were re-designed for this year, like Accord and Altima, were able to take this new standard into their redesign. Camry was redesigned in 2012 so has not been able to do so yet. Because the test is new the institute gives two safety ratings now, Top Safety Pick for the ones that pass all the other tests, and Top Safety Pick Plus, for the ones that pass that one too.
By the way, I am not a Camry fan. But I certainly consider it a safe vehicle.
#18395 of 20239 Re: accord disappointment [akirby]
Jun 13, 2013 (7:12 pm)
PCM, the format used by audio CDs, is just a digitized analog signal; i.e. the measurements of the amplitudes & frequencies of the audio wavelengths. There is some support for "compression" within the PCM data stream but it's not the same kind of compression that goes on when converting to MP3 and most other formats. It's more of a shorthand notation for the signal v. an alteration of the signal.
Remember that the CD audio spec was published in 1980 (before the original IBM PC) and early CD players were little more than digital-to-analog converters.
CD audio bitrate is a hair over 1.44 Mb (not MB) per second.
As to Sirius & XM, they sound good enough to my non-audiophile ears. I'm far more irritated by terrestrial radio's love of boosted bass/lower frequencies.
#18396 of 20239 Re: Lemmings [suydam]
Jun 14, 2013 (1:15 am)
...and also to be fair to Toyota, new models are penned out almost 5 years in advance, and it is harder for a huge company to react to a new safety standard quickly. I am sure they will fix it in 2014 models.
Then again, Honda is a just as big, and they managed to design for it. As the head of highway safety said, Toyota's engineers have work to do, and I am confident they are doing it.