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    Hi,

    I recently purchased a nice cadillac that's about 10 years old. I have both an android phone and tablet that I use to listen to music and for my navigation. I have the stock cadillac double din head unit in my car, which to me right now is utterly useless, as it DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A stereo, eighth-inch LINE IN! I was thinking of purchasing an app radio to sync with my devices, but then...

    Why do I even need a head unit at all? can I just put a power amp in the slot where my head unit was, with a stereo line in to that?

    Is this a crazy idea? I have a similar set up with my computer at home, and I love it.







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    Re: can I use only a power amp and just skip the head unit??

    a lot of people do in dash android or ipad builds its possible




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    Re: can I use only a power amp and just skip the head unit??

    are there any poweramps that fit in a double din slot?




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    Re: can I use only a power amp and just skip the head unit??

    there are but options are extremely limited and even if it does fit through the hole, there's no way to secure it. Its best if you do a custom fit fiberglass baffle for it for looks or leave everything stock and just have a mounting bracket on top of your stock head unit then install the amp in a secure place under the seat or somewhere hidden and secure. Your going to need a quality line driver that also has a signal processor($$$$) because using the tablet straight up will lose a lot of sound quality and have a lot of noise with dirty and weak signal. All in all, its going to take a lot of money to do it properly, you could save yourself the hassle and just get a decent head unit, it'll be cheaper, sound better and involve 0 custom work.




    09 Sienna Subs : 4 hdc3 18s c pillar below windowline Sub amp: ampere tfe 8.0 at half ohm.
    Headunit: Pioneer 80PRS Mids/Highs amp: PPI 900.4
    Front stage: 3 way active front stage with Massive Audio CKX tweets, alpine type R 6x9 midrange in doors + Crescendo PWX 10s in the kick
    320 amp Singer alt. 1 group 34 under the hood 6 group31 agms in the back 560 amp hours total.

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    Re: can I use only a power amp and just skip the head unit??

    I agree, until the market creates a dash kit for 7inch tablets and 10 inch tablets the best way to go is still a head unit and blue tooth from your device. I hope somebody makes the dash kit for tablets, it would be awesome to have a tablet with a sim card and make it a dash mount.




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