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High Resolution Technologies iStreamer 12V

High Performance External Sound Card/Audio Interface for iDevices

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High Resolution Technologies iStreamer 12V

High Performance External Sound Card/Audio Interface for iDevices


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Listen to your Favorite Music

The HRT iStreamer-12V is a product that makes the music coming out of an iPad, iPhone or iPod sound dramatically better when connected to your car, boat, motorcycle or other 12V entertainment system. iStreamer is not designed to be used with PC or Mac computers. Rather, it is a high performance external sound card/audio interface that has been specifically designed to exclusively interface with modern iDevices such as the iPod touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th gen), iPod classic, iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th gen), iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPad, iPad (3G), iPad 2, iPad 3, and the New iPad Mini. iStreamer captures the direct digital music stream coming from the iDevice and takes over the job of decoding the bits into analog music.

Product Features:

  • High Performance External Sound Card/Audio Interface
  • Host Mode Operation eliminates timing errors
  • Line-Level analog output
  • 16 Bit operation
  • Supports 32k, 44.1k & 48k sample rates
  • Endplate LED lights identify sample rate
  • 12V 2.1 Amp power supply included
  • 30 Pin Sync Cable included
  • Lightning Compatible (Cable Not Included)
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Sonic Electronix can not ship this item outside the US

Adapter Specifications

iPod Car Adapter Type
These are the types of stereos that the iPod connection cable will be compatible with. Some are designed to work with factory/OEM radios, while others are for use with aftermarket stereos.
Compatible Brands
This is the manufacturer(s) that the item is compatible with. Unless it is universal, usually the item will only be compatible with the same manufacturer.

For example, a JVC Bluetooth adapter will only work with JVC units. A Pioneer iPod adapter will only work with Pioneer head units.

Provides a Charge
This means that the cable will provide a charge to the iPod or iPhone while it is connected. On some cables that provide a charge, a power and ground connection will be required.
Allows Audio Playback
This means that the connection cable will allow audio to be transferred from the iPod to the head unit.
Allows Video Playback
This means that the connection cable will allow video to be transferred from the iPod to the head unit.
Cable Connection Port
This is how the cable connects to the aftermarket receiver. Some units use a USB connection, while other use the manufacturer specific port.
RCA Audio Composite Cables

Charging Adapters

iPod Charging Adapter Required
Some Apple iPods require a charging adapter be used for the unit to fully function with the iPod.

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Great Product

July 21, 2014

I would recommend this product to be put into a vehicle for charging and ipad. This works for ipad mini retina and will charge the device. (use your apple lightning cable). It also has an execellent DAC and enables me to connect it to the rest of my car audio equipment (pre-amp's, amps etc).

Only annoying thing is when you turn the car off and the istreamer, it doesn't turn off the ipad. But not that big of a deal.

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Rockaway Beach, NY

Wow! What a Difference!

July 5, 2012

I was skeptical that I would be able to hear the difference between the headphone out and the iStreamer. I was way off! The quality of the DAC in the iStreamer is far superior to that of my iPhone or my iPod Touch. The music is so much more detailed and the bass is cleaner and stronger. Well worth the cost!

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Ruskin Fla

Music lover

March 21, 2015

Received everything in a timely manner. Overall satisfied. Thanks for the speedy shipping.

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Charges iPad mini and greatly improves sound via DAC when installed in vehicle.
Justin M on Nov 9, 2015
I'm planning to use the iStreamer in my car, connected to an ipad mini Retina.
Can I just plug the RCA outputs into an external Amp under the seat that will be running my four car speakers ?
I don't plan to use the original car head unit, seeing there are no RCA, USB or 1/8 inputs.
A shopper on Aug 6, 2014
Best Answer: You'll need to plug it into an RCA audio source to get the signal to play through your speakers, but it should work with your iOS device as long as you have the correct connector (it only comes with a 30-pin cable, if you have an iPhone 5 or other Lightning connection device you will need that cable).
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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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