I didnt really read all the posts but why use a bit one and a head unit
Round and round and round we go! So the latest is this, and be prepared cause this is going to be a long post!
We've bought another house, and with that, we've decided that after a while of having the car and the dogs, we're going to get by just fine on what we have. The other reason we're keeping it, is next year it will be paid off. Our daughter has some orthodontia care that's inevitable she's going to need in the next few years. Bad grammar I'm sure, but you know what I mean. In the end, we're moving into a new house, same size, for about $700.00 less ($400 less now and in 5 years $700 less after mortgage insurance comes off), and with the cars paid off we're going to be saving almost $750.00 a month, and my mother in law is stepping up now that she's retired and going to be picking up the kids after school now. So that's about $500-$600 a month in child care we don't have to worry about anymore. SO financially we're starting to look up.
So here's what's going on. I'm going to be getting my car back in a couple days. I was in an accident about a month and a half ago, not my fault, and it's been in ever since. As soon as I get it back, I've got a bunch of stuff going on with it. But the main thing going on is this damn tablet install is going forth!
Recall that when I left you guys in July I was testing a theory on moving the faceplate from the alpine unit itself and being able to put it somewhere else, while the brain is accessible, if needed, and yet not really out in view. Well when I left i figured out that the best place to do this from was inside the unit, inside the front plate of the body itself. By direct soldering wires to the leads there, I should be able to also direct solder the same leads on the face plate, and it should work. I've not had a chance to test this theory out, cause I scrapped the idea. But now I'm willing to do so.
However, I was thinking about it more. Sometimes when you walk away, and come back, You have a clearer mind and are able to see things that are right in front of you that you couldn't see before. My thinking is this!
Here's the unit taken apart, front piece from the body, and you can see the plug (female) on the body. That's what I tested before, and as well tested on the front piece (male plug).
So my theory is this, and it ****es me off cause the extra pieces I tested got thrown away so I had to order a new piece, but my theory is this. The board on the back of the front piece is the key to all this. The resistance seems to come in the board itself, which is what keeps me from extending the faceplate too far. I think we were at like 28" or something like that. BUT, I'm thinking I take and solder direct leads to the body female connector, and put a blank empty front piece back on it to close it up.
Next I take the original front piece with the board still in it, out and custom mount it where I want the face plate to go. I shouldn't be dictated by length because the board is there and directly on the faceplate which I've figured out is where the resistance lies.
By doing that, I have full power to the plug, the faceplate also has the mount to work on which has the arms and everything that trigger the different mechanisms, i.e. eject, open and closed face, etc.
This is all just theory, and as soon as I get my car back I'll be putting all these theories to the test. The unit is in my car now. Once I have that figured out, I'll move forward with the tablet install.
One of the things I'm also wavering on is changing from the alpine unit to a pioneer uint. I really like the looks of the pioneer units and would like the blootooth connection ability for my phone and for my tablet as well. The HD radio is a nice draw for me as well.
As far as the rest of the system, it's more towards an spl type build, but I like crisp clean sound as well. But I've decided to go to the following:
Crescendo FT1 Tweets - one per front door
Crescendo PWX-8's - two per front door
Crescendo c1100.4 - powering those
DC Audio XL 15 D1 M2 Sub ported to about 33hz
Crescendo bc3500d - powering the sub
That's about it for now. If I decide I need more pick up in the middle range I'm planning to add a pair of Crescendo PWX-6's (one per door) and power those off the c1100.4 and then move the 8's to a new Crescendo c1600.2 amplifier. But if that happens it won't be fore a while!
Car comes back to me this week and I'll have more to show you then.
Comments, questions, suggestions, etc are more than welcome! May actually start a new log for this, but for now I'll keep it here.
and you should check out the sony mex-gs600bt
head unit I used in my build. It is awesome! I have no regrets at all. See my signature for the build. I also posted a quick video below that I made showing some of it's features. And the head unit works great as a standalone unit as well. I have been working with my nexus 7 for the past couple days tweaking some things, and I haven't even missed it at all. When not using the nexus, I just connect my phone as the media bluetooth connection. I have bought a lot of components and head units etc for carputer and other miscellaneous setups that I really regret buying. This on the other hand is by far the best money I ever spent. And for everyone's information they have a much cheaper unit that also utilizes the app remote.
Anyone know what the differences are between the different models in sony's MEX-GS series? And if any others HU's can do the app remote deal like the sony's?
Ram mount components
Their are a couple other people doing the app thing, but none as good as SONY. The closest competitor in my opinion is scoshe. They make the head unit below with the app listed below. It is alright, but has some short comings. You can find more information on it in the thread listed below.
Scoche head unit
JVC also makes a string of head units that utilize the app listed below. I have no experience with it but from reviews it seems flaky.
From all the research I have done. The sony head unit's combined with the app seem far superior to any other headunit/app option out there. Not exactly sure what the difference are between the GS vs BT. I would just check to make sure it is compatible with the sony app remote then buy the head unit based on the specs you are looking for. Hope this helps.
I've been looking to do the same thing, so I'm curious if you had any success? I've managed to find some old threads talking about this kind of thing, but most are back to 2006. I'm replacing a double-din factory radio with a tablet. I was hoping to be able to mount the tablet in the same space, with the face plate just below, so it's only a very short remote mount. I'd prefer to do it that way so that the tablet is a little higher. I also like the Alpine for the fact that the AUX-IN is on the back, so the cables from the tablet don;t have to be visible.
Of course, having read this, perhaps I could just mount a Sony somewhere else - then it doesn't matter if the AUX-IN is on the front. Has anyone used the Sony app? Are you able to see what station you are tuned to etc?