Customizing your car entertainment system

New ways to customize your ride

If you have the ability, you can take your car’s multimedia entertainment system into your own hands

A Toyota Sienna owner decided to take his minivan multimedia system into his own hands. With a couple of Apple iPads and Alpine headrest monitors, a custom car entertainment system was born in a 2011 Toyota Sienna. Before you make a mad dash to rip out your radio, you’ll need what closely amounts to the knowledge of a car audio installer to complete this project (but it is possible with readily available materials).

 Car owners and music nuts have been customizing their rides since the 1970s. Newer all-in-one multimedia systems offer a variety of great features attractive to music lovers and tech geeks but some base or older vehicles were not sold with one. If you have the technical know-how, you’re able to customize the multimedia system in your vehicle as well as save a few bucks on installation.

Going over the technical how-to would take a lengthy description. Let’s quickly take a look at the items that were used to make the finished product.

A jailbroken iPad mini 3, which was fully removable, was placed in the dash and served as the main entertainment system display screen. This individual also utilized dual rear headrest display screens allow kids or passengers to watch DVD movies or play video games.

Headrest monitors mirror the iPad 2 using the AirPlay function and a third-generation Apple TV. A 1TB hard drive and Alpine CDE-HD149BT with Bluetooth stream audio as well as AM, FM, HD Radio, and CDs. The passengers that occupy the middle seats are able to watch a movie with the Apple TV and the 1TB hard drive while the driver is still able to listen to music in the driver’s seat.Custom car entertainment system

Now that aftermarket Apple CarPlay systems are available, drivers seem to be getting more hungry for larger multimedia screens and more features.

Toyota’s Entune is one of the industries best multimedia infotainment systems. Entune gives users access to Navigation and the Entune App Suite. Bluetooth, voice recognition, auxiliary port, USB port, and display screen are included. Newly available on 2015 Toyota models is the Slacker Radio app with over 200 customized radio stations.