Debating Tablet In-dash install...
So my original plan for a new radio in my car was to buy a low end double din radio for around 350-400. Then I noticed some of the tablet installs that people started doing and I'm seriously considering doing this now, it helps that I already have a nook color at my disposal. I like the double din radio install because that's what I know having installed car electronics professionally for over 5 years and I can easily incorporate with steering wheel controls which I only recently have had the pleasure of having these in my personal vehicle and love them.
Anyway, I'm pretty proficient in fabrication and how to best install car audio. One of my main issues is retaining "stock-like" appearance, which I can fabricate. I have always been intrigued by car-pc's but have never got into it because I believe they over-complicate setups and don't want to constantly maintain my system.( just my personal opinion). But I believe a tablet would be the perfect balance and am intrigued by android and everything it has to offer especially to in car entertainment.
Here is a quick diagram of what I believe would be a decent setup from my research.
I've been doing alot of research but am a little skeptical as to how good the sound quality is going to be from an EQ as I have always avoided using them in the past. It also helps that I had a eclipse cd7000 with a 11 band eq. I'm not an audiophile but can't stand any "noise" in my music and this is why I never used stand alone EQs.
I guess I'm just kind of fishing for ideas, I am somewhat on a budget and have looked at the bit one and ms-8 but these are both out of my price range.
Currently I already have the nook color, an mtx 4-channel, 10' mtx sub, stock speakers, and a few amps laying around if I need them.
Any help would greatly be appreciated and I would definitely document my work and keep you updated. So sorry for ranting just want to get this right before I dive in.
Retain steering wheel controls (understand this is a stretch, what I'm thinking is volume is feasible)
Best way to get from nook color to amp ( EQ?? sound processor?? this is my main issue)
Also is nook color the right option, want to stay 7 in ( nook tablet has a mic, acer has hdmi out...)
Sorry for venting but you guys seem very knowledgeable on the subject and I know car audio and I know android just struggling a little connecting the two the best way.