Looking for iphone 5 car mount that charges and has audio out

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by stevelam, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking for a car mount that charges my iphone 5 and allows me to play audio through my line-in option on my car.

    So far the only all-in-one solution I've found seems to be the belkin tunebase aux:

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    Is there anything else out there thats similar in terms of features?
     
  2. Adonys macrumors regular

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    sorry not much of a help here but This is what I use/have and it has serve it purpose. the fact that it charges it at the same time makes it perfect for my need.
     
  3. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    Yes, Belkin's is the only one that I found so far.

    My problem is different than yours. I have a JVC stereo that I can connect to my iPhone with a USB-Lightning cable and it is able to process the digital signal from the iPhone, so while the stereo does have an aux in, aux connection is not necessary.

    When I thought more about it, what I want from the dock is an USB out that carries digital signal and power for charging. I also wanted to place the phone higher up at the top of the dashboard for safer navigation (less time taking eyes off the road).

    So while I love the idea of a dock, a better solution for me is a mount like this one I just picked up, and a separate plug in Lighting cable:

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  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Does it have to be all-in-one? If not, you can pair the ProClip pass through mount with whatever cable solution you prefer. I've used it with the PAC IS75 in a couple of my vehicles.
     
  5. ecschwarz macrumors 6502a

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    I find it a bit frustrating how a cable or device doesn't exist that has a Lightning connector on the phone end and a 3.5mm line level and USB at the other end. Apple's Dock has this functionality (when you add a Lightning-to-USB cable), but is obviously incompatible with car mounts and cases.

    Right now I'm using a Lightning->30 pin adapter cable and a cheap Y cable (30 pin at one end, USB and 3.5mm line level on the other), but it seems all of the ones on Amazon and eBay fall apart after a few months. I'm chalking it up to cheap cables and not abuse since many of my Apple/Belkin/Monoprice cables have held up well.

    I know I could use a 3.5mm cable from the headphone jack to my car's aux input and a normal Lightning-to-USB cable for charging, but I've been a bit spoiled with one cable all the way back from the days I was using an iPod.
     
  6. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    I bought a JVC car stereo recently. It's an old model, probably 2013 if not 2012. I can get power and line level using a USB-Lighting cable. Granted, sometimes it has trouble reading the iPhone and requires a unplug/replug routine, but when it does, it works well.
     
  7. ecschwarz macrumors 6502a

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    If it's solely USB, I'm guessing that it's actually sending a digital audio signal - some of the speaker docks work this way, too. Without one of the Lightning-to-30-pin Adapters and the electronics in the adapter itself, the Lightning connector doesn't carry an analog line-level audio signal like the old 30-pin connector did.

    If I was in the market to replace the stereo with an aftermarket one, I'd definitely pick up something with USB onboard, but I have a factory unit and external amp that I'm pretty happy with, other than it giving me a 3.5mm aux jack as the only option for an iPhone.
     

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