Acer Iconia a100 in 2006 F-150 ideas
I plan on using this thread to gather my ideas, and plan out this project.
I'm going to be removing my head unit, and replacing it with the Iconia A100 tablet... simple enough, I guess.
I know a bit about car audio, and a bit about electronics, but not enough. I'm going to outline my plans, however fuzzy they may be, and I would really appreciate any insight you (smarter) people have for me.
I would like to use this in order to provide power to the tablet, and also to have a usb-port for charging wireless hot spot (For wifi for the tablet). I was planning on tapping the lighter to add a USB, but this looks like a better solution.
EDIT:I found this on Amazon, and it seems like this with an add-a-fuse and the adapter should work out pretty well. I think i have my power all figured out.
So I have a headphones out on the tablet. There is also a 40-pin proprietary connector. For now I'll use the headphones out, someday when the connector is better understood (This tablet is fairly new, and hasn't been hacked/modded too much-though the wires for audio and power have been documented..something to look into)
For now I am going to use my factory speakers. I have no factory amp. (Later I'll swap out the speakers, and maybe add a sub if I can find one small enough)
[warning; getting fuzzy]
So headphone out has to go to some kind of amp (Since my head unit used to control this function), yes?
-- I really need help choosing an amp. I don't need the best of the best. I'll be playing a lot of MP3s, and I am not terribly concerned with quality. Ideally I want something small and inexpensive.
And I want physical controls for volume, fade, bal.
-- I have seen some equalizers that cover most of these functions, and they're fairly cheap. Having the option to equalize sounds good to me. Any suggestions for inexpensive ones? I think I have 2 inches of free space above or below the tablet, I'll get hard numbers sometime. I would prefer to mount the EQ there, but it can go somewhere else if it's too big.
EDIT: The following idea would have cost more money, and been more work than buying this. Might have to get in there and change the LED colors though.
Another thought is to make my own equalizer... This chip (TEA6320) looks really promising. Not sure yet how i'll power this. I also know nothing about using a bus, so there will be some research involved.
This schematic is also interesting, and I actually understand it! I would probably put a (nice expensive) dual gang pot before the circuit starts, and leave the first IC in balance mode, 'cause it just seems goofy to have volume and balance controlled by the same buttons.