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    Plugging into existing sound set up

    Hey everyone ... got a question here regarding how to tap into the stock setup of my car. I tried to do a search , but I did not come up with any definitive anwsers.

    I drive a 2001 Mustang with the premium audio system , this includes 2 stock amps in the trunk area. Now the current sound comming off the system with the stock mach head unit suits my needs just great. What I would like to do is drop the headunit and connect my PC to these stock amps in hope that it will sound the same.

    Is this possible ? if it is .... how?

    Thanks in advance for any help that can be offered

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    One of thses should do it for ya:
    http://logjamelectronics.com/auxford.html
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    how should I go about hooking this up from my PC to the stock amps ??

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    You won't need to hook into the amps with one of these. This hooks behind your stereo and will output your carputer sound through your factory system. All you need is a Y adapter 1/8" to RCA to hook into your adapter and the sound card on your carputer.
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    I am pretty much going to have to get rid of the headunit.

    I had a link to this : http://www.logjamelectronics.com/piefrdnaux.html
    which would be the one for my car.

    The only way I would be able to keep the head unit would be to move it to another location such as in the area under the dash passenger side. If I were to do this then are there any guides out there for relocating the whole unit?

    thanks

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    why would you relocate the entire unit? the CD player is attached through a very short coord, so if you move the CD player, youll have to move teh radio as well. the cable is like one foot long between the two.

    again, why move either one?

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    man, going over your dash layout, I dont see any way you can move the radio. your passenger has no legroom as it is, the map pockets are subject to too much vibration, the center console is too small, the dash is cramped and filled with unmovable lines.

    I have no idea where you are putting your TV screen.

    but if you are keeping the stock radio, why move it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteRabbit
    man, going over your dash layout, I dont see any way you can move the radio. your passenger has no legroom as it is, the map pockets are subject to too much vibration, the center console is too small, the dash is cramped and filled with unmovable lines.

    I have no idea where you are putting your TV screen.

    but if you are keeping the stock radio, why move it?
    True .. good point. I did not know the cables were so short. I guess I will ditch the whole thing then. The reason I am doing this is that I would like to put my monitor in that location, since there is no room anywhere else in the entire vehicle.

    This brings me back to the origional question, Is there a way to connect the PC to the stock amps without the headunit? I have started to wonder if the quality of the sound is really because of the Mach headunit or the stock amps.

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    *Strike the comment that was here * I will continue the Post here so I dont wind up Hijacking the persons post

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    ok .. here is the info I have so far on dropping the 460 headunit and interfacing a computer into the stock sound system.

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    Ford Premium systems use a low-level differential type audio signal, between the radio and the amplifier, to minimize noise. Connecting speaker leads from a new radio to the factory amplifier can damage the new radio, and possibly the factory amplifier.
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    And my thanks to pyros for pointing out this article - http://forums.stangnet.com/showthread.php?t=482713

    So from my understanding with this article to do this I would need to get a few things


    1. METRA 70-5519 Harness - $18
    - To plug into the existing amps
    2. Low-pass crossover for speakers other then tweeters - Not sure really how I would use this
    3. High-Pass corssover for your tweeters - again not sure on how this would work

    That is about all i have for the moment ... It seems like this is quite a bit of work to get this done.

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