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      11-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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Airport Express/Airplay in car! - success

Finally after years of thinking about doing this, I actually did it.

I've always wanted to stream music wirelessly in my cars, I hate aux cables and bluetooth is lossy and a battery drain; I set out to install an Apple Airport express so that I can play music via Airplay - if you've ever used Apple's Airplay technology then you know how BOSS it is.

Ultimately what you do is alter the Airport's power source by removing the standard AC power supply and replacing it with a USB cable and small voltage convertor (found on ebay)...so now you draw power from the USB and AUX cable plugs into the Airport express and then its all concealed in the center console! After installing I had no issues whatsoever, the sound quality is brilliant!!

If anyone wants this done PM me and we can arrange something.





Will post pics soon.. heres a quickvid I posted on IG
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Good job. I have a similar set up. Are you getting any dropouts with your iPhone?
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Good job. I have a similar set up. Are you getting any dropouts with your iPhone?
no dropouts thus far, gotta see how it holds up on a long drive...what has been your experience?
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All you need is an internet source and you have a wifi hotspot. Pretty cool.
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Does the artist/music info come up in your car when you're playing music, also, how much data does this use up?

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I use a blackberry stereo gateway at the moment which is OK but sometimes has connection problems. When it's working it's OK.

Why is this solution better than streaming via bluetooth A2DP??

Also for the power supply wouldn't something like this work? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Automot...sxp_grid_i_0_2

Not keen on any electrical or soldering work!

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I use a blackberry stereo gateway at the moment which is OK but sometimes has connection problems. When it's working it's OK.

Why is this solution better than streaming via bluetooth A2DP??

Also for the power supply wouldn't something like this work? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Automot...sxp_grid_i_0_2

Not keen on any electrical or soldering work!

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The step-up converters induce noise. Horrible noise, believe me. You need to use step-down converters.

Th reason for using the AE is quality of signal. The AE can pass through a little higher than CD quality music. The BT streamers are all limited by the bandwith of BT, which produces a much lower quality signal.
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The step-up converters induce noise. Horrible noise, believe me. You need to use step-down converters.

Th reason for using the AE is quality of signal. The AE can pass through a little higher than CD quality music. The BT streamers are all limited by the bandwith of BT, which produces a much lower quality signal.
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As for the power supply, yes you could have just used a clunky ac adaptor but that setup was not for me. I'm happy that i am able to cleanly tuck away the AE in my center console with minimal wiring...

i took a road trip the other day and when my friends wanted to play their own music it was such a seamless process
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Does this work with 6FL?
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not sure...

in theory, this is the same as using an aux cable
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My question is if you have your iPhone set to the airport, won't it also try grab Internet off of it as well? Therefor you wouldn't be able to stream music because it's try to go over the airport instead of you iPhones cellular? If not I def know what to do with my extra airport express.
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Yea this has been talked about quite a bit. There are some steps in the setup of the airport that you need to do so the cell phone still uses the internet normally, and not your car wifi which obviously doesn't have internet.
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Yea this has been talked about quite a bit. There are some steps in the setup of the airport that you need to do so the cell phone still uses the internet normally, and not your car wifi which obviously doesn't have internet.
yup, there are a few steps in the setup of the wifi...internet works via cellular perfectly fine
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so what are the steps in the apx setup? I couldn't figure it out, and all the work arounds i saw referred to older versions of iOS.

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This was just release for individual purchases a few weeks ago...suppose to be the new thing in auto/airplay tech...let me know what you guys think!

http://kivic-one.com/eng/home.html
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Hehe the guys at Mighty Car Mods did this trick too.1 question though: does the airport work with android devices or JUST apple?
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Hehe the guys at Mighty Car Mods did this trick too.1 question though: does the airport work with android devices or JUST apple?
Any device that supports Airplay.
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I and my friend went to London. When we went London .we went London by air. We saw different beautiful places. We enjoy very much.
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Awesome idea!
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ok, that was the strangest video I've ever seen lol
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Very interesting! I like that quite a bit! If I was more of an Apple guy, I would probably be considering your solution quite a bit.

That being said, I've been very happy with my $30 usb 2.0/120 GB hard drive combo, syncing files with DoubleTwist. However, since the price of flash memory has dropped, I will be upgrading to a 128 GB USB 3.0 flash drive during Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
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i have just now gotten around to this idea thanks to the attention of you and kaigoss' thread. thank you guys. lossless file transmission is such a revelation. I just ordered a airport express myself. I would like to mention theres other options as far as digital optical audio out from the airport express goes. The easiest would be dacs with 5V requirements. You would only need a usb cable routed to a 12v-5v adapter, hardwired or plug in. One example is the very small 5V Audioengine D1 DAC at $169 which is easily hidden along with the airport express. great choice. I Had a musical fidelity V DAC layin around which is 12V but ill need a DC DC regulated converter. This cant really be hidden in the center console.

One other accessory that may be of value is a Audioquest stereo RCA to 3.5mm hard adapter piece rather than a cable to allow you to use RCA's from the AE or external dac to the aux input
Its 10 bucks on amazon.


I will be using a samsung galaxy phone and am wondering if i can use a 128 gb usb flash drive into the phone for more music file space besides the 65gb micro sd.
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