Posted by: AK on
2002-05-20 at 12:09:34 (posted from: Host: mage.aristoslogic.com IP:
Some people were asking
whether or not the lagtime seen on the Soundgate BMW/Alpine CD Changer adapter
was unique and whether or not the Blitzsafe adapter had the same problem. Well,
my home slice arnolds came over this weekend and brought his Blitzsafe BMW/ALP
DMXV.1 CD changer adapter so we could compare it to the Soundgate ABMW35V4
(For background, this all related to connecting an Alpine
MP3/CD changer up, which you can read about here.
As an electrical engineer I gotta
say that the Soundgate box seems to be a better design than the Blitzsafe. They
both make use of small microcontrollers which (I assume) are used to translate
the serial protocol of M-Bus to I-Bus.
In terms of actual operation, the
Blitzsafe's lagtime is in fact *worse* than the Soundgate's. It also took a lot
longer for the player to start working upon swapping a changer magazine with the
Blitzsafe than with the Soundgate.
In the end, neither solution is great
but between the two, I think the Soundgate is the better choice.