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Old 04-16-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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2006 Impreza WRX
Aspen White

Default Nexus 7 install - no head unit!

Ive had the itch to do this for awhile but finally bit the bullit!

Ill attempt to answer as many questions as i can but check out youtube for most of this!

I am skipping the head unit by feeding my Alpine PDX-V9 directly from the 3.5mm jack on the tablet (dock). Alpine has a bass knob for the amp for sub control and ive found a few good android apps to do most of my sound tuning. Alpine amps have the bare minimum when it comes to dials and settings. If needed JL Audio makes an line driver that should give me a bit clearer sound but we will see if its needed.

Nexus 7 ($100 from a friend)
Official Nexus 7 dock ($34.95 from tigerdirect)
4 or 5 channel amp (PDX-V9)
Fiberglass and all its hardeners and what not (lowes/homedepot)
rare earth magnets (steal them from broken hard drives!)

First few shots of the dock mod, basically just cutting all the excess since they packed all the essential in a nice corner. THANKS!

here is the good stuff:

this way i can just drop the tablet in, without fiddling for cords or using bluetooth

The back of the tablet just snaps off so that made this part easy, used some left over trim adhesive to stick them on:

Should start the dash bezel here soon and update this post accordinly

any tips are greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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Looks good. Can't wait to see how it ends up. My tip-keep up the good work
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:34 AM   #3
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2005 Saab 9-3 Linear


Any updates on this?!
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:42 AM   #4
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:21 PM   #5
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Sorry guys! School crept up on me and work got busy so I have not had time to finish this project. Instead I started another though....

Added AirPlay to my car for better wireless music streaming:

Parts needed:

Apple AirPlay Express - Craigslist $40
USB Cable - Laying around the house
Voltage regulator or Potenometer
soldering gun, solder and a steady hand

Basically all your doing is replacing the power supply with the usb cable, the airport needs (in this version) 5 volts and 3.3 volts to run. USB from my aftermarket headunit is 5 volts so you need the pot to step it down to 3.3

---------------- USB is ONLY used for power - you can use and USB cigarette adapter for power too, you DO NOT need an aftermarket head unit just a usb power somewhere and a 3.5mm AUX input jack -------------------------

plug it into the computer first for inition setup and testing, break it open, pull the PSU out and look at the board to see where to tap your power into, put it back together tape it up and your good to go.
Also if you plan on using and iPhone for your source then you need to change a couple setting in the wifi menu so you can have local airplay and LTE/3G at the same time

The finished product it just a black taped up box, but if someone really wants to see it i can take a few pics lol

Any question on this one just send me a PM

And for comparison Bluetooh A2DP music streaming peaks around 80kps thus why it doesnt sound near as good as a cable. This one does 320kbps sounds as close to CD quality as music streaming can get right now for <$50
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:43 AM   #6
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Im also doing a nexus 7 install. Using a equalizer then to my amps! WIll post thread when finished
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Old 10-26-2013, 01:03 PM   #7
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Keep us/me updated!
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