Does this exist???
It's obvious that the future of car audio/computing centers around a tablet with LTE.
Does anyone make a head unit / amplifier that has FM/Sirius that lives in the trunk, where the tablet can be in the dash and just used as a controller?
The Parrot Asteroid Tablet is the closest thing to a two-piece system you describe, but lacks the FM and Sirius functionality.
AFAIK, there are no Sirius receivers that will function with an Android tablet. There are also no car friendly front-ends that give you persistent media controls over top of navigation apps.
Thanks for the reply. I've been reading all these threads for years about jury-rigging a tablet into the dash with all sorts of DAC's, USB Hubs, amplifiers, etc. I thought what would make more sense is a "headless head unit" for Radio/Sirius with the tablet doing full remote control. Then I could also use the tablet for google navigation, torque, etc.
It seems the closet thing I've found is the Sony app remote stuff, but you still need a head unit in the dash.
I think tablets in their current form generally make for messy installations and it's why people go with a separate PC/monitor.
I'm surprised one of the big companies like Alpine, Pioneer, etc... haven't come up with a split system with a remote monitor considering all the complicated and highly integrated dashboards in new cars these days.
I've been thinking about taking a 1 DIN headunit with the flip-up screen and splitting it into two pieces. The main unit under the seat somewhere and extend the cable up to where I can mount the monitor. I don't want to spend any money on this only to take it apart and realize it won't work.
I'm pretty sure the cable between the screen and the main board of any in dash stereo is not extendable beyond Mabee twice the original length..something about signal loss...I was trying to do that with a net book and was firmly advised not too.
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Actually, you don't really need separate hardware to get FM or Sirius if you have a tablet that's connected to the net.
IHeart Radio will take care of nearly all FM in the US and Sirius sells subscriptions for online service as well if I'm not mistaken.
That's a big IF. Most people don't have unlimited or big data plans.
The appeal of satellite radio is coverage where you have no other services. There's no data caps, there's no roaming... with all the free internet stations I don't see why you'd buy a satellite radio subscription just to stream it.