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      06-25-2014, 08:52 PM   #1
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My Airplay Install/Review

Using posts I found here, I installed the AirEnabler Airplay device into my car. I'd like to thank the OP in the DIY section for the inspiration.

It was pretty easy. The only hard part was getting the router into that small area with the connections I had. I secured it in place with some of that 3M gray all weather mounting tape. The super sticky stuff with the red backing.

I also used a FiiO e10 USB Headphone Amp/DAC unit. I think FiiO has discontinued this model now and that's a super shame because I've been using it at my desk for the last year and it's really a great little piece of kit. (I upgraded to Schiit Audio amp and DAC components at my desk today so I had this FiiO to use)

Having the FiiO in the loop makes this Airplay solution the total package. It makes the HiFi system sound 10x better when being used through the AUX jack. Can't say much for the DAC that came with the AirEnabler kit, it didn't sound very good, nor did the Creative Labs DAC the AirEnabler website suggested. Stay away from that thing. God awful.

Overall I'm really impressed with this. I might order some thinner right angle USB cables from Monoprice to clean it up a bit more...
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So what exactly does this do?
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So what exactly does this do?
It gives your car an apple airplay wifi connection so you can stream your music from your idevice to your car stereo losslessly and with improved audio quality over stock if you get a decent portable amp/DAC as I described.

You should check out the manufacturer website. Google airenabler.
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Have you figured out a way to deal with the delay yet? Also why is that amp needed mine is fine without it
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Have you figured out a way to deal with the delay yet? Also why is that amp needed mine is fine without it
Na, I just wait the 40 seconds. Lets my car warm up a bit or if I'm leaving home there's a light I will always hit just about the right time for me to switch my airplay input. I was thinking about doing a hardwire to the glovebox and running micro USB cable from there to the device but I decided against it. The 40 seconds doesn't bother me that much.

A higher quality DAC will do a better job of converting the digital signal your music player device sends out into the analog signal needed for speakers, with a more accurate reproduction of the original sound. The amp portion of that allows you to maintain that sound accuracy and increase the volume without distortion.

What I'm using is a decent USB powered DAC/Amp combo unit that was built for headphones and portable speaker systems. There's a big difference in the depth and richness of the music vs the stock USB DAC that comes with the AirEnabler which sounded tinny and flat IMO.
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Have you figured out a way to deal with the delay yet? Also why is that amp needed mine is fine without it
Na, I just wait the 40 seconds. Lets my car warm up a bit or if I'm leaving home there's a light I will always hit just about the right time for me to switch my airplay input. I was thinking about doing a hardwire to the glovebox and running micro USB cable from there to the device but I decided against it. The 40 seconds doesn't bother me that much.

A higher quality DAC will do a better job of converting the digital signal your music player device sends out into the analog signal needed for speakers, with a more accurate reproduction of the original sound. The amp portion of that allows you to maintain that sound accuracy and increase the volume without distortion.

What I'm using is a decent USB powered DAC/Amp combo unit that was built for headphones and portable speaker systems. There's a big difference in the depth and richness of the music vs the stock USB DAC that comes with the AirEnabler which sounded tinny and flat IMO.
Ok thanks. The delay I was referring to was the buffering time where you push play and 3 seconds later it actually starts playing
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Ok thanks. The delay I was referring to was the buffering time where you push play and 3 seconds later it actually starts playing
Ah. I see, It doesn't seem to be quite 3 seconds, but I agree there's a delay. I get some delay when I use Airplay at home on AppleTV too...but not quite as bad.

Being that this guy basically hacked the firmware in this tiny router to make it airplay compatible so I can put it in my car, I don't even care about that hehehe.
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Why not use airport express?
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Nice set up. Can you make it with less clutter in the glove box? Maybe hidden, possibly?
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Nice work! I have a similar setup but I went the route of the Blackberry Stereo Gateway and connect over bluetooth.
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Nice work! I have a similar setup but I went the route of the Blackberry Stereo Gateway and connect over bluetooth.
Cool. I used a bluetooth dongle like Kinivo BTC450 or xtrememac InCharge AutoBT for the last year, but overall the BT audio quality can't touch the lossless playback of Airplay, which is why I went this route.
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Nice set up. Can you make it with less clutter in the glove box? Maybe hidden, possibly?
Yes, definitely. You could get a hardwired microUSB, put/mount everything in or behind the glovebox, then run an audio cable through the center console up into the armrest and plug into the aux jack...
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Why not use airport express?
You can, but...For me it was more expensive than this solution (since I already owned the DAC/amp I used). Bigger in size. Requires changing the power adapter out for a USB power cord which requires soldiering and getting a power step-down converter.

You also need to open the Airport Express which instantly voids its warranty.

Big fan of AirPort stuff though. Use it all over my house exclusively.
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Do airplay and BT play well together? Can I play audio over airplay into aux then seamlessly take a phone call over BT paired to the car?
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Do airplay and BT play well together? Can I play audio over airplay into aux then seamlessly take a phone call over BT paired to the car?
Yes. I tested this out. Basically the music stops and you just have to restart it manually. That's the only downside.

Also tested with voice dictation on iPhone, same thing.
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Yes. I tested this out. Basically the music stops and you just have to restart it manually. That's the only downside.

Also tested with voice dictation on iPhone, same thing.
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I would like more info on how to do this with airport
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I would like more info on how to do this with airport
Google e90 airport airplay and you get the following first hit:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=908456
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Google e90 airport airplay and you get the following first hit:

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=908456
awesome, thanks, this is likely what I will do
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Thanks for posting this! I'm most likely going to do this.
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Thanks for posting this! I'm most likely going to do this.
Cool. Again credit goes to the OP in my link in my original post here. Just thought posting it again with my modifications would help introduce this to more people.
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Cool. Again credit goes to the OP in my link in my original post here. Just thought posting it again with my modifications would help introduce this to more people.
Just ordered the air enabler. Can't wait till it arrives!
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