Originally Posted by sweeds
I bought the proclip and iBolt dock based off of proclips reputation and your recommendations.
The mounting went fine. No major roadblocks there (so punny)
One hangup: The sound quality is inconsistent for me. Sometimes perfect clarity, and other times unbearably crackly. It seems to depend on how the cable is angled. That cable is incredibly stiff!
Any recommendations to loosening up the cable? I emailed iBolt support yesterday morning and haven't heard back. I might already need a replacement :/
Edit/suggestion: as someone mentioned, I unhooked the cable from the back of the dock, so now it hangs. That gives it more leeway. I'll have a 2 hour car ride today to test that out.
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I have a similar audio issue on mine. Its not all the time, but enough for me to start thinking about other alternatives. I've got mine mounted on a Kuda mount using the AMPs plate. The cable comes through a hole in the front of the Kuda mount right behind the dock. I've got it coiled up inside the mount right now with the USB side of the cable going into a usb charger plugged into a 12v power port I hard wired in behind the dash. The audio cable goes through a coupler and into the factory 3.5 aux plug located inside the arm rest. I'd say about half the time I get a horribly crackly noise coming through the input. I've tried opening the cover on the back of the dock and unplugging the super stiff extension cable from the y-cable and just plugging the y-cable directly into the phone. I still get dock mode, charging, audio output, etc. Unfortunately, I still get the same noise. Interestingly, the noise goes away if I unplug the usb plug from the charger. I've tried 2 different usb car charger plugs, 1 PNY 2.1a and 1 best buy brand 1a charger. Both produce the same noise. And, the noise seems to be there regardless of what audio source I'm using. Doesn't matter if its Google Music, the phone's music player or Pandora. All produce the same background noise. And its audible when the music is paused and doesn't seem to change if I adjust the volume on the phone. I believe it to be coming from the cable itself.
Also, for those of you concerned about the reduced charging ability of the cable, for my purposes its a non issue. I did an 11 hour drive last week with Pandora going, Google Maps navigation running in the background and the screen on and the battery was just fine. About the same when I got home as when I left. Thankfully, the audio didn't act up at any point on the drive. It was pretty bad on the way up, had to resort to
FM radio part of the way.