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Thread: IPAD with a radio head unit

  1. #1
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    Jul 2012

    IPAD with a radio head unit

    I was looking at high end HU reviews including AVIC, Kenwood DNX, Clarion NX series and many were not great. Most people seeking high end are wanting Nav, Audio , Video, Sat Sirius.
    I came across more than a couple of installs of IPAD (which perfectly implements many of the elements with a never ending stream of improvements and accessories.
    The problem is I live in Fla and would have to remove the IPAD at every stop for fear of break in, even if built in (someone would bust a window and take a crowbar to the dash.;-(

    Consequently I am considering installing an upgraded head unit (single DIN) and add a built in slot in front of it for the IPAD.
    I would use the head unit for quick trips and insert the IPAD for longer trips.

    1.I believe the head unit would need to stream BT in from the IPAD, although I guess it could be USB or even aux input 3.5mm. Any difference on audio quality based on the input?
    2. I need the head unit to take the stereo and allow separation of front and rear and L&R .
    3. Any recommendations on a reasonably low cost head unit, with BT and USB that would work for day to day and as an audio processor behind the IPAD
    4. I have a 5 channel amp and Boston Acoustics Components with crossovers and single 10 sub.
    5. Ultimately would want to add rear video on a separate stream from the IPAD while still using nav or playing music (or both).

    I am obviously new at building this but an electrical engineer and engaged in technology.

    One last thing, has anyone seen an IPAD lock box? I have a few reasonable places below the main seats or under and behind the rear seats where I can lock it up if it is not reasonable to carry it around. I can weld one from scratch but would rather purchase.

    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    I would like to do something similar...connect a Bluetooth device iPhone android phone iPad) to a radio head unit that will be semi hidden and controlled almost completely from a app on the devices....any ideas?

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    i'm also trying to build system with ipad. First problem is back camera. I don't know how to get ipad recognize that im ganging a gear to reverse. Because of that i decide to have dbl din gps with Ipad together. I will try to customize dashbord with 90 degree passthru connector so it would be easy PNP for ipad.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    hey AJWalkman, were you able to find a solution? this is EXACTLY what I'm trying to do...thanks

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