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    unless you plan on purchasing a 4ch amp to power your components, with external volume control and wiring a power switch, i would suggest a HU with an AUX input on the back to hide the audio wire

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    Quote Originally Posted by SapporoGuy View Post
    Not sure if this gonna answer your question or not but Apple's implementation of BlueTooth is horrible! It's very limited to what you can do within the Apple framework.
    Surely they or someone else will fix that at some point.

    Interesting enough is that XP+centrafuse+iphone works like a charm!
    Charm = do everything a x994 HU would do, ie allow a hands free call, mute the music, etc ? Like Sync in a Ford car ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Have you tried iheart radio app (iphone or iPad)? It carries local FM and AM stations, just not all of them. You can install and check. And it also display lyrics of what's currently playing.
    That is an Internet based service. If I had Internet access while driving I wouldn't need an AM/FM receiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david69leonard View Post
    unless you plan on purchasing a 4ch amp to power your components, with external volume control and wiring a power switch, i would suggest a HU with an AUX input on the back to hide the audio wire
    I'm thinking the same thing. I just need a simple one with a good AM/FM receiver and power amp section. The iPad can do the rest.

    Having said that, the X994 or the KIV700 look pretty nice and I'll probably get one of them.

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    I started my obsession with an older ipod/alpine deck and was gonna upgrade to the 2 din 3" screen but ... a youtube video caught my eye (bugbyte's) and found my way here.

    Charm = do everything a x994 HU would do, ie allow a hands free call, mute the music, etc ? Like Sync in a Ford car ?
    Not sure which way you mean this ...

    if meaning a HU is just as good/better than a carpc ... I probably would agree for most people.

    If you mean, can you do that? yep, pretty much (however, I have never tried Ford sync ... I've been on the other side of the big pond for too long

    @ BT stack
    Apple is at 10.6 and I'd say they have lost ground rather than moved forward. 10.3 actually had some good examples. However, I haven't upgraded to the paid version for developers. Something might have changed in the past 3 months or so.

    A few programs have actually gotten handsfree to work on the mac. But in general Apple products don't like to offer the full BT stack that everybody else does.

    Will they ever? lolo, I wish!!! I would have saved hours of google time

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    Just as a heads up:

    If you're getting audio through the iPad dock, you cannot regulate volume. You'll need an external controller to do that. A head unit works just fine, or you can pick up a $12 little knobby deal.

    If you have the 3G iPad (and pay for data) then I'd take RipplingHurst's suggestion and do AM/FM through the iPad itself. I don't have a data package, but I tether my iPhone to the iPad and steal its 3G, so I basically do. AOL Radio and Flycast support all the stations I want to listen to, plus MLB.com's At Bat 2010 to listen to baseball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr4284 View Post
    Just as a heads up:

    If you're getting audio through the iPad dock, you cannot regulate volume.
    ???? Thanks for the heads up. The iPad audio out through the dock is not volume controlled by the iPad itself ?

    You'll need an external controller to do that. A head unit works just fine, or you can pick up a $12 little knobby deal.
    Link please !

    If you have the 3G iPad (and pay for data) then I'd take RipplingHurst's suggestion and do AM/FM through the iPad itself. I don't have a data package, but I tether my iPhone to the iPad and steal its 3G, so I basically do. AOL Radio and Flycast support all the stations I want to listen to, plus MLB.com's At Bat 2010 to listen to baseball.
    I have a 3G phone, but get charged a roaming fee for data when away from "home", plus there is no coverage where I drive. I WISH I had inexpensive 3G data wherever I went. Believe me !

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    Quote Originally Posted by elmerfud View Post
    I'm thinking the same thing. I just need a simple one with a good AM/FM receiver and power amp section. The iPad can do the rest.

    Having said that, the X994 or the KIV700 look pretty nice and I'll probably get one of them.
    You can purchase a multimedia HU from Wally world for about 40 bucks, it has AM/FM SDcard slot, USB port and AUX in the back, no CD, i got one for my wifes civic she loves it! Of course i told her it was very expensive (to gain brownie points)

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    That would be nice but it doesnt amplify the sound all it does is manipulate the gain for pre-amp usage

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