Hey guys, would really appreciate any input into my current situation:
I'm installing an iPad mini with Retina display in my car. Planning to use an Apple Lightning to 30-pin adaptor and a Kensington 2-1 line out audio cable to run it into the AUX port in my car. My question though is, would I get noticeably better sound if I ran the 3.5mm line out audio cable from the iPad into a portable headphone amp before passing it into the AUX port in my car?
My car is the new Porsche Boxster and has the BOSE surround sound system with eight amplifier channels, 10 speakers, an active subwoofer behind the dash, and a total output of 445 watts.
I plugged it in and it sounds fantastic already while playing Apple Lossless music, but I'm wondering if it could be noticeably better with a portable headphone amp in between the iPad and the AUX port. Or would that be redundant since the AUX port feeds into the BOSE amplifier that's part of my car?
Adding a portable headphone amp in between the iPad and AUX port would be a pain because I would probably have to keep it in the glovebox (that's where the AUX port is) and it would take up precious glovebox space. But if it would make the sound NOTICEABLE better, I'd be willing to do it. After all, I'll have spend $3,000 on this iPad mini install after all is said and done (the bezel modification alone to make it look like it was factory installed was $1,500 alone).
So assuming you'd recommend a portable headphone amp, which one? Can you suggest one in specific? It would need to be powered by USB so I can plug it into the USB port in the glovebox for constant power.
Also, is there any other gear you'd recommend I combine with the iPad mini in my car in order to get the very best sound output?
I know that BOSE in general is not the best in terms of sound and I've listened to a lot of BOSE systems that I've been displeased with, but the BOSE in this car sounds exceptionally good for some reason. So don't discount it by saying that increasing the source quality would be pointless because the speakers are BOSE. They are the best BOSE I think I've heard and I'd love to take advantage of their full potential.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions or ideas!