iPad Compatible Car Head Units

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jrp27540, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. jrp27540 macrumors newbie

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    I know people think this concept is crazy, but i am trying to confirm if a car head unit is compatible with audio streaming VIA built-in Bluetooth. I use my ipad in our mini-van during long road trips so the kids can watch movies on it. I use a FM modulator currently; it sucks. Has anyone had any susses streaming audio through a Dual brand head unit? I am looking at either the Dual XHD7714 or the Dual XDMA6415. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. jrp27540 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Found My Answer

    If any wants to know, I found the answer about streaming iPad to car receivers. After finding a PDF manual for both receivers, i found the following:

    "To stream music to your head unit, your mobile device must support the following criteria:
    • A2DP profile to stream audio
    • AVRCP profile to control your music.
    Check the owner's manual or manufacturer of your device for compatibility.
    • Streaming audio must be enabled from your mobile device. This option will vary depending on the device. Example: "wireless stereo."
    • Disabling AV MODE must be done from your mobile device."

    According to Apples website (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3647) The iPad 1 and 2 both support A2DP and AVRCP. In theory it should work. Learned something new about Bluetooth profiles :)
     
  3. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    As opposed to the tried and true aux-in?

    Although as a parent of formerly small kids, I'd think a solution for the kids to listen to their movie while the grown-ups listen to something less mind-numbing. Why not just a headphone splitter on the iPad?
     
  4. jrp27540 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought about that, but My kids are 2 and 3. I don't trust them with cords and an iPad, even though my 3 year old can run it better than me; there are great educational learning games out there for toddlers. I also have a slick setup to hang it from the roof of the van too. The head unit is only $69.00; figured that wouldn't be a bad investment considering how much we travel to see the grandparents.
     
  5. Q-Dog macrumors 6502

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    I have used the ipod docking cable in our Honda with the iPad with no issues. This is an interface I bought that plugs into the back of the factory radio in the car and charges and plays audio from theiPod/iPad. The cable is quite long and can easily reach the back seat.
     
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Bluetooth is tried and true these days.

    And the OP specified it.
     
  7. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    Sorry, didn't realize the forum was police-patrolled. Not a thing wrong with BlueTooth; stupidly believed I could make a helpful suggestion without penalty. Guess I was wrong.
     
  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    That was a tad dramatic.

    Nothing about his response came across as heavy handed and he did point out that the OP asked about BT.
     
  9. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    "Chiming in" after the OP has already replied to my response is pointless and a tad dramatic. The OP is an adult who understood my response in the context that I wrote it. Policing posts for some needless strict adherence to specific details is heavy-handed.
     
  10. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    FWIW I have a Calrion CX501 Installed in my car. It has BT, USB slot, Sirius/XM, HD Radio etc....great media choices. As far as the iPad goes, I will say it works like butter with the unit. I used bluetooth once to stream an audio book I had on my iPad and it played fine. I mostly use the USB cable option to hook in though, but will confirm BT does work with this unit and the iPad/iPhone. It's a great unit, right around $175 right now and looks great in most cars as it has a "stock" look to it.

    I'm sure any BT Head unit would communicate with any iPad just fine though, so long as the headunit has the proper BT specs. :)
     
  11. almostinsane macrumors regular

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    I don't think you will get streaming audio from a video over Bluetooth. The audio lag would be too much.

    A2DP/AVRCP is just for audio apps, not video apps.
     
  12. riceguy macrumors newbie

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    I use a blackberry bluetooth stereo gateway i got off ebay for 20$
    It transmits a2dp audio to any aux port, all it needs is a micro usb to power, it turns on and off with the car power and stays hidden in my center console, for aux normal functionality i use a 3.5mm splitter. Sound quality is excellent

    Ipad and cell phone streams audio with no problems Via BT

    No car mods required unless u want to tap power from somewhere else, credit goes to Driveaccord.net
     

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