My infotainment setup using a Samsung Galaxy Tab
(I'm going to try and post everything over the next 3-4 days, so bear with me, as I like to be a bit in depth).
I posted about this in another thread, but figured I should branch off as the other thread kinda veered off topic. I wanted to use a Galaxy Tab as my head unit. Makes sense as it is pretty much a self contained PC.
My initial setup includes:
-A non-activated Sprint Galaxy Tab
-OEM Samsung car mount
-Pioneer DEQ 9200
-Pioneer 9500GMT amp
-Image Dynamics minihorns
-Focal 165VRS Polyglass 6.5" shallow mount mid bass
The Samsung OEM Mount is a pretty sturdy unit. I was wondering how the unit held the Tab in place, and would it do so handily. The answer is a resounding "yes". One of the primary reasons I selected this mount is because the charger is built into the bottom, so it makes the installation look that much cleaner. Once docked, the charger portion slides into the Tab securely.
The rest of the accessories include:
-a pad that is smooth on one side w/3M adhesive (it says "3M" on it) on the other with which to secure the arm to the pad via the suction cup, and the sticky part of the pad to the dash
-a USB cigarette lighter adapter
-an adapter cable that runs from the charging station to the cigarette lighter adapter.
It has a 2" diameter mechanical suction pad that is actuated by closing a latch on the front of the mount. Disconnection is done simply by pulling up on the latch. Since I was looking for something a bit more OEM looking, I pulled off my stock rearview mirror (when using it, one can't see out the back of the truck, anyway) and disconnected the portion that attaches to the glass.
Given the sturdy nature of the suction cup, I'm going to give it a whirl over the next week or so to see how it holds up, but I most likely will end up pulling off the suction cup mechanism and fabbing in the stock rearview mount. It doesn't look like it will be that difficult, and the angles match up perfectly.
I have a rooted Evo 4G w/free wifi tether, and that will provide the Tab w/unlimited Internet access. I'm not going to pay Sprint another $30/month for a data plan that is unnecessary.
The DEQ features a separate head unit and control box that is mounted in a different location. Since the head unit is only about 2" thick, accommodations had to be made for it to fit in a stock DIN. It didn't have brackets so I had to figure something else out. After fitting and test fitting to make sure it would stick out far enough but not too far, I settled on securing it to a 3/4" thick piece of MDF, then attaching the MDF to some steel strapping, then attaching the strapping to the truck.
So I stuck the door speakers in, and that's been done before, so it's no big deal. Mounting horns, however, are a pain, as I found out. Steel strapping is the best bet from what I've been able to determine. Again, it takes a lot of fitting and refitting to get the straps all in place and the speakers solidly in place. I had to use a few straps, but the results speak for themselves. The speaker doesn't move, the straps aren't in the way, and there is more than enough room between the speaker and the pedals.
Here's modification of the straps as the speaker was out during one of the test fittings....
And here it is in place....
I'll be fabricating a speak-mesh grille for them which will be overlaid with speaker cloth. It took me ~ 3 hrs/side.
I took a 3.5mm to RCA adapter and plugged it into the Tab and the "Input" RCAs on the amp, and viola, everything works nicely. Cool, so I then plugged the 3.5mm to RCA into the EQs "Input" RCAs, and nothing happens. There isn't a lot of information about the DEQ readily available, especially in this kind of setup, so I was stumped for about 2-3 days. After doing some research on Digital to Analog, I'm thinking that it can't process the digital signal, as it processed the *analog* signal coming from the amp w/out an issue. I hopped on the 'net and found a 3.5mm to Toslink cable, and then picked up a small, audio DAC box (Toslink to RCA) on Amazon for $45. Hopefully it'll work, but I won't know until tomorrow when the box arrives. If it doesn't, I'll have to chunk the EQ. It won't be much of an issue when I'm listening to MP3s on Tab, as the MP3 player I use, PowerAmp, has an EQ that works with this setup. It won't work, however, listening to streaming music.