AAs settings and no, calling is done via the cable. It's under the Phone screen settings...."Use Bluetooth".
I noticed on mine the nav would work but the audio was trash so I flipped that off and now the music runs at a higher codec via the cable instead of the BT codec.
Thanks Bastiat - good info. I'm looking into buying a Genesis - it's my mid life crisis car. I use it for work though so the 3.3T is out (the better my gas mileage, the more money I make - but I want to be comfortable in the vehicle especially when I have those 3 to 4 hour hwy trips and sound is a big priority - not the be all end all but it's still there).
I'm also a self proclaimed 'audiophile' and have had healthy and eye opening debates with many people regarding what you have stated. I'm also a (very) amateur guitar player.
Electronics - what you say has merit - IF it's tube driven. My Fender Blues Deluxe Tube amp (Guitar) definitely sounds better once the tubes warm up. solid state - nope. Speakers.... no. I proved it to myself and others with speakers. Speakers will 'loosen'up but that process goes by very fast. But the sound quality, unless you're an Owl, you'd never detect. What 'breaks in' is the human ear (and brain)- it breaks in to the sound that you hear day in and day out. What you get used to.
BTW - the speakers - I had a speaker, after 3 months of ownership, blow up on me (crossover) - so needed it replaced. So now I have one speaker that is 'broken in' - one speaker that is 'brand new'. I had my son switch out the speakers - did not hear one iota of difference - brand new (was still sealed in box before I hooked it up that is lol) to a speaker with about 300 hours on it (100 hours a month is about right - it's on all the time either for music, TV / movies, or radio). I couldn't tell blindfolded, son couldn't, friends couldn't. Zero difference.
So apologies as I'm not trying to start a debate or anything here. Just relaying my own experiences. I find that if you don't like the way something sounds 'out of the box' don't let people say 'don't worry, it will break in and you'll like it' - it doesn't break in. Your ears and brain is what breaks in to the sound. Something that sounds like you describe - crisp and harsh, someone who loves 'BOSE" would hate it. But if they listened to that system enough, they'd begin to realize that 'crisp and harsh' is actually more accurate and detailed, not the masked/ muddy sound they have grown accustomed to.
Alan Shaw from Harbeth puts it best - go to a club and sit as close as you can to the drummer (especially if it's jazz). The cymbals will eventually drive you crazy - very harsh very bright - all systems that promote long listening sessions will 'tone that shit down' . I prefer the accuracy as and you mentioned with your bass you can always eq that stuff down. BOSE - you can't. So happy this car doesn't come with BOSE. My current vehicle has a Harman Kardon so I know the sound but I believe that the Lexicon (from what you and others are describing) would be the step up like the Genesis to Hyuandai.
Hey, KptKrunch. No apologies needed! I do think speakers and electronics "break in"; that said, the sound isn't going to be dramatically better, and if you didn't like the sound before, you're not likely to after. I have no tube gear, but do have a class A/B amp in my home system (with Monitor Audio speakers) that I think really makes a difference over my old class D amp. I like your Alan Shaw quote, and agree with it. I think people get used to music sounding a certain way on whatever gear they have, and grow to like it that way. When they hear really accurate reproduction on better gear, they sometimes are shocked and think it sounds worse. Psychoacoustics is still in its infancy, so this phenomenon is not well understood.
Anyway, if you test drive a G70, I'd be very interested in your take on the sound system. Funny, I told my wife the G70 I bought was a mid-life crisis car, and she responded "You're way past that." C'est la amor!
Not sure about the IS. I do know the Mark Levinson in the LS 460 is in a class by itself. Like said before, even if the brand name is the same, the systems can be quite different. The Mark Levinson in the LS is rated by CNET as one of the top 8 factory audio systems. I would agree. It Has a great Bass and very rich mid’s with crystal clear highs. It’s very impressive.