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    2006 Subaru STi with 3G iPad

    Love it or hate it, my prototype came in today

    2006 STi running A/V + Nav off of iPad 3G

    (note, the prototype HAS NOT been finished/painted... this was just a fit/function check)

    Custom bezel snaps right into place of OEM bezel, using same mounts/screws. HVAC transfers over the same. Nothing changes.

    You can see I"m using the iPad dock. I have power coming in over a simple USB connection spliced into my cig lighter, so I'm charged/charging at all times. Headphone out jack to equalizer to amp.

    Empty: (There will be a adhesive foam logo in the negative space for a little more style/protection)


    Inserting iPad:


    Docked:


    As the driver:


    Google maps:

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    Way to go! Lookin good so far.

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    Couple of questions:

    1. Looks very good! Very OEM looking.

    2. Will that work with aftermarket cases for the iPad? If you don't plan to use one, forget about this, just curious.

    3. Aren't you going to miss the ability to tilt/rotate it? I mean, I know it would not be easy. I bought this to use with my tablet (it allows tilting and more), hope it will work with the iPad too. But you'd have to hide it somewhere in the middle of your mount, recessed and found/build a 75mm vesa mount for an iPad case..looks like you're already committed though, just a thought.

    4. How come you spend this much time and work integrating the iPad and left your radar detector like that? What cord is that? You should spend sometime there, definitely NOT OEM!

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Couple of questions:

    1. Looks very good! Very OEM looking.

    2. Will that work with aftermarket cases for the iPad? If you don't plan to use one, forget about this, just curious.

    3. Aren't you going to miss the ability to tilt/rotate it? I mean, I know it would not be easy. I bought this to use with my tablet (it allows tilting and more), hope it will work with the iPad too. But you'd have to hide it somewhere in the middle of your mount, recessed and found/build a 75mm vesa mount for an iPad case..looks like you're already committed though, just a thought.

    4. How come you spend this much time and work integrating the iPad and left your radar detector like that? What cord is that? You should spend sometime there, definitely NOT OEM!
    Yeah I hardwired the radar, then windshield got hit by hail... they replaced it and put the rear view too high and now the radar wont' fit up top... very annoying.

    Not too worried about the rotation. I don't have a ton of room in the Impreza. Kinda just the reality.

    I gotta go... vacation tomorrow!

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    Cool.

    Enjoy your vacation and keep us posted.

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    i really like it! nice work!

    i think you should post a youtube video, claiming the "first truly integrated, and working ipad install" (being that the soundman audio only posted a vid of a partially working install...)

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    Good job, excellent fab work too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i really like it! nice work!

    i think you should post a youtube video, claiming the "first truly integrated, and working ipad install" (being that the soundman audio only posted a vid of a partially working install...)
    Haha, I like this idea. Right now I'm out of the country, though. Sucks that I can't play with my setup, but at the same time, it's 86, sunny, and the water is 88. Grand Cayman is a nice place .

    I do have a problem, though:

    When getting audio out from the dock, my volume control is frozen and maxed out. It just says "Dock Connector." From a programming side, it makes total sense. Whoever is docking it is sending the signal to a receiver, and for the highest quality audio, you should send the highest signal from the source and let the receiver modulate it. Unfortunately, right now mine's running directly into my amp and I can't do that.

    Obvious solution: Equalizer. However, it's hardcore overkill. Beyond the $300++ price tag, right now we can't pull optical audio out of the iPad. Fine tuning frequencies that are sent out of a 3.5mm port seems like the wrong way to go about things.

    What I want is a way to just control volume. Ideas?

    Edit: I might be a bit slow... I'm just talking about a line level volume controller, no?

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    I use this as a pre-amp in my FX, but maybe it can work for you as well?

    JL-Audio CL-RLC active line driver, about $45.00 or so.

    The manual says full mute to +10dB.

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    So do you plug the Apple AV cable to the back of your dock?

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