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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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two headunits?

is there any way to run two headunits? i have a jvc headunit with touchscreen and cd capability, but i just found the pioneer appradio for a killer price and i want that too... is there a way to just splice the two wire looms together into the adapter pug?
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two headunits?

Well if you want it to look nice IMO no the appradio unit it's double din so that would be the only one you could install in the dash. Idk if you could make a switch to operate one or the other (anyone wanna comment on that I'm not a headunit guru or anything) you have to choice between only using your iPhone for EVERYTHING using your data plan or or having a cd player (does the JVC have iPod connection?) I'd just go for the touch screen cd player but not JVC I've heard that their quality is at best hit or miss.


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i have the double din gauge pod ;) the jvc is amazing but to do anything like select the band/ playlist i have to do it via the ipod. but i like the fact that i can have apps for the pioneer... i guess its kinda pintless to have both but it would also be kinda cool and to not have the ability for cd's makes it kinda unfortunate
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Re: two headunits?

It could probably be done fairly easily.

Splice a second connector in, but put the speakers on a switch to select which head unit has control. Get an antenna y adapter and you're set.

Personally, I'd check the wiring a bit on each unit, you might be able to set up the JVC unit as an input to the Pioneer. Or you might be a able to get a CD changer to add to the Pioneer so you can get rid of the JVC.

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Re: two headunits?

Oh, one other thing, I probably wouldn't run all of the speaker wiring through the switch, I would probably work in a relay so I wouldn't have to worry about a switch handling the loads.

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It's not worth the trouble... relays on speaker lines is a good way to blow speakers too...

I've run 3... but only one was actually a HU... lol...

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You guys are over thinking this way to much, no need for switches, relays or splicing at all!

First question would be what radio are you going to use the most, pioneer or jvc?

Put the radio you are going to use most in double din housing and have it connected to the speakers.

Now you will need to make sure both units have power by using your plug and play harness.

You will need to buy a headphone to headphone or headphone to RCA jack, cut one headphone jack or both RCA jacks off and connect the cut portion to the front outputs of the deck that is in the lower portion of the dash and run the headphone jack up to the radio in the double din housing and plug it in to the aux in on the back of the radio. If your radio has RCA jacks for the aux in portion, then use the RCA jacks you cut off.

Once your finished you will need to make sure the volume on the lower radio is set at zero, select your aux in on the upper radio. Slowly turn th volume up on the lower radio so that it matches the other sources when you go from aux, radio, iPod, and app...

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ive lost interest in doing this a while ago. thx for all the help though lol. i decided to just run a 7" tablet in the double din pod instead. i made a write up on how i did it if your interested.
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ive lost interest in doing this a while ago. thx for all the help though lol. i decided to just run a 7" tablet in the double din pod instead. i made a write up on how i did it if your interested.
"A while ago", man you make it sound like you didn't start this thread just 3.5 days ago.

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yea, but i realized how pontless it would be about 30 minutes after i made it lol, and 3.5 days is a long time ago... especially when your waiting on car parts to arive in the mail!.....
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"A while ago", man you make it sound like you didn't start this thread just 3.5 days ago.
This was my instant thought.

I actually stopped myself mid-read and scrolled back up to the first post to double check the date.
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I think I'll refrain from posting in your "help me install my tablet" post... you might change your mind in the middle somewhere..
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reason i lost inerest so fast was i realized shortly after posting (there is no way to delete a thread) that having 2 head units A) was pretty stupid. and B) a waist of time, money, and energy. so its not that i just loose interest in stuff, i just saw it from a logical perspective.

also i dont have a "help me install my tablet" thread, my tablet install thread is a complete, step-by-step how-to on installing a tablet in your din pod.
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