wow thats quite a thread... just wondering thou would you consider a hybrid system "simpler" then a carputer alone?
Sure it's simpler. At that point, a CarPC is just a media server with the HU as the main source. The CarPC is nothing more than a CD changer essentially.
It will do what you want.
Personally, I won't ever use a HU in my installs...I like only having a CarPC as my source unit. There's just something to say for it.
ah, digging up the old stuff
in the end both will work & neither is a limiting factor for sound quality. with a head the PC becomes just another source like red said, but I think it's more than just a CD changer I mean everything you can do with a PC alone you can do with a PC & head unit, everything. you can still run a front end, still build custom skins for it, still browse the web, still do obd2, still do each & every thing a PC does bar none, you could ignore the head unit for months & it would be the equivalent of a PC only setup. only difference is if the PC is not on for any reason, you still have a fully functional system with a head unit.
in the end, to me it all comes down to space & how well you can set your carpc up as far as reliability & as close to 100% up time as possible. I used to think I would never want to go totally headless, but my opinion on that has changed over the years, I still think a full blown hybrid system is the ultimate if you have the space, but I now know that a PC only can still be a great thing, space & personal preference will dictate what's better for you, neither is better or worse, just different. & yeah, a lot of times a pc with a head unit is easier
wow, this thread is from back when I used to type novels in my posts
lol sry but im trying to get as much car pc info as i can and you and red have been helping me out so much ive been reading up a lil....
I think i may end up doing doing a hybrid system because of the fact that my current HU is pretty sq oriented and has alot of functions i like. plus i wont have to find a card with 6 rca outs.... i was just concerned with sq using the aux in of the HU and the 5.1 compatablitity
I guess now i just have to figure out if i want to spend 2 grand on the infil or try and build my own comp (im mainly concerned with the software issues setting up a custom unit)