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How do you guys bypass the internal amp in your Android devices?

post #1 of 5
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I ordered a Nexus 5 yesterday and was wondering how I can go about connecting it to my car's sound system. With my iPhone 5, I used: 

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC748ZM/A/apple-composite-av-cable

and

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD823ZM/A/lightning-to-30-pin-adapter 

What's the best way I can go about this on the Nexus 5?

post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by Matches Malone View Post
 

I ordered a Nexus 5 yesterday and was wondering how I can go about connecting it to my car's sound system. With my iPhone 5, I used: 
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC748ZM/A/apple-composite-av-cable
and
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD823ZM/A/lightning-to-30-pin-adapter 
What's the best way I can go about this on the Nexus 5?

You would need an external DAC that can interface with the Nexus 5's USB port.

Not sure if there is even a current DAC that can be used with a Nexus 5?

Or if your car audio is new enough, you might be able to connect using a USB cable, from the Nexus 5's USB port to the car's USB port.

 

Why not just load all your music files on to a USB flash drive and plug it into the car's USB port?

(if it has a USB port?)

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

My car (2009 G37) has:

 

1) iPod in (30-pin) - currently used for a iPod Classic that just sits in the car

2) Auxiliary (composite) - basic red/white/yellow RCA connector audio and video in <-- what I want to connect my Nexus to

3) Compact Flash slot - unused

4) Internal HD (for ripping music from CDs) - unused

 

It's important for me to be able to use my Nexus 5 in the car as I host a music server (Subsonic) which has all my music on it (terabytes of music), so I need something I can stream with. Most of my music is FLAC, the rest is 320/V0, so quality is important to me.

 

Is there no way to go about bypassing the internal amp without the use of a DAC? How come it was possible on the iPhone with the composite AV cable?

 

I'm 99% sure the Nexus 5's micro USB port is compatible with the same set of accessories as the Nexus 4. Are there any DAC's that are popular among Nexus 4 owners?

post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by Matches Malone View Post
 

Is there no way to go about bypassing the internal amp without the use of a DAC? How come it was possible on the iPhone with the composite AV cable?

Because Apple and the car maker worked together to design the car's audio equipment to interface with each other.

post #5 of 5

 If using the 30-pin Apple dock connector that is what is being used to bypass the iPod/iPhone DAC.But just a Cheap iPod/phone composite cable like this, will not by pass the DAC hooking up through the Composite A/V.

 

For the Nexus 5 you could try going Slim-port to HDMI and then use an HDMI to Composite Converter to get your A/V connected.

(But might be easier to just use a 3.5mm Male to RCA (red/ white) cable with or without a portable headphone amp to improve sound)


Edited by Mariano3113 - 12/13/13 at 2:54pm
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