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    Is an amp mandatory?

    I have a pci sound card. Car speakers and hu are stock.

    Do I need an amp?

    Can't I just use my hu to amplify the sound to my speakers?

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    depends if your hu has av input then you can plug it into that and they should run it half decent.
    and it depends how well your hu runs the speakers itself.
    if your going real economy you could use a 3.5 jack to cassette converter and that would be fine, maybe a bit hissy, but cheap

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    Not easily, no. When i say not easily, i mean unless you have some serious tinkering and electrical skills, no way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackrazor
    Not easily, no. When i say not easily, i mean unless you have some serious tinkering and electrical skills, no way.
    Eh?

    Surely as long as the headunit has an internal amp it'll work fine. Stock speakers, so all the connections will be in the ISO block. It won't be great, but it's possible

    Course, you need a headunit with aux-in to get the music into the headunit in the first place
    Leo

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    A million people can't be wrong, right?

    Well... unless they're all from the red states...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoTheHamster
    Course, you need a headunit with aux-in to get the music into the headunit in the first place
    Or you could hack a cd-changer slot

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    He said he has a factory headunit. I havent seen many factory headunits with an AUX in on them in my time... i could be wrong, but it'd be new on me...

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    Hey, just buy a cheap $20 fm modulator. I even saw some at Walmart for around that price. You just run your audio into that, then tune your head unit to whatever unused FM station you set the modulator to. That's what I did in my car, and as long as you wire a good ground for the fm modulator - it sounds great.

    i didn't want to spend hundreds on a head unit with an aux in, and also - the install is more stealthy since I'm using the stock Ford head unit in my car. The fm modulator is very easy to hook up, and will do exactly what you are asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnyperBob
    Hey, just buy a cheap $20 fm modulator. I even saw some at Walmart for around that price. You just run your audio into that, then tune your head unit to whatever unused FM station you set the modulator to. That's what I did in my car, and as long as you wire a good ground for the fm modulator - it sounds great.

    i didn't want to spend hundreds on a head unit with an aux in, and also - the install is more stealthy since I'm using the stock Ford head unit in my car. The fm modulator is very easy to hook up, and will do exactly what you are asking.
    Don't expect it to sound *great*. But it gets the job done, at a price of SQ

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    Agreed, but after having a screen and after market head unit stolen two separate times....the fm modulator seems to have enough stealth to make thiefs pass by and not notice a high end computer system in the car.

    Depends on what you are going for, and/or if you have a security system in your car. like 01331 said tho, sound quality isn't perfect, but you get what you pay for

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    I tried an FM mod a few times, works ok most of the time, only problem is if you drive past an area that has something on that channel already, bye bye transmission

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