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    Alpine digital audio setup. . maybe.

    Hey guys,

    Wanted to get your thoughts on a digital audio setup I had in mind.I want to keep a headunit, just in case the car pc goes down.

    I wanted to go with an alpine Headunit, DSP, CPU (undecided), and lilliput manual "push" screen.
    Here is my main layout.
    Alpine DVA-9860 - ---->DVD/CD/MP3/WMA Receiver
    OR .. OR
    Alpine CDA-9856 -- -- ->CD/MP3/WMA Receiver

    Alpine PXA-H701 Multimedia Manager
    CAR PC - with digital audio, soundcard.. Setup at a later time
    Lilliput 7" manual push




    I dont necessarily have to with a head unit labeled DTS / Digital Audio right?
    The processor handles that, correct. Because if thats the case. I can probably go a little cheaper and go with the Alpine CDA-9856
    The only real difference between the two models , I think is the dvd playing ability, and I got confused on the DTS part, Does that mean it is sending out the DTS signal to the processor? and thats about it.
    Only concern is that I am not sure if I need a side head unit for the DSP itself.

    Here is a layout of what Im thinking of doing..

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    forgot to mention the Alpine DVA-9860 - ---->DVD/CD/MP3/WMA Receiver has an optical output and would connect that optically to the DSP,

    But the Alpine CDA-9856 -- -- ->CD/MP3/WMA Receiver Does not, So I am not sure how to connect audio from the 9856 to the DSP if I wanted to go that way.
    The only reason I am posting all this is to make sure this is more or less guaranteed setup for a carpc can just come and hook up.

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    Only some models may be completly compatible with the PXA-H701. You should probably look into that a little be more to for sure. What it might come down to is that you may need to get the controller RUX-C701 to configure it if the deck is not compatible. But you pretty much have the general setup I have except for the controller instead of the deck.
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    why would you wanna go with a HU that plays dvd? I know, I know.... in case the carpc fails.... But how many chances are there it's going to? In my opinion, I wouldn't spend the money on it. The chances the HU fails on you is the same, so what are you gonna do than? buy a 3rd HU incase both carpc and HU fail on you?
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    Why not get a head unit that can do everything a carpc can and is designed to be in a car....like, say, the Alpine W200 that is fully compatible with the H701? You'll only be missing internet, but you can check your email when you get home.....
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    cost?

    I bet a carpc will be cheaper, and most important: you can completely design/build it according your needs/likings
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    Hello,
    This is very close to the same set-up I'm about to have installed.
    I thought you needed the RUX-C701 controller for the 701 to use in alone mode which would enable you to pick the optical input of your choice.
    I am not sure if you can choose optical inputs without it?

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    Alpine ....tech support

    apparently You are correct. Which is not what I wanted to hear. The PXA-H701(digital processor) does require the controller RUX-C701 to control it. I just got off the phone with alpine tech rep. The only good thing is that the controller is the size of 1 DIN faceplate. It has no depth to it and could easily be mounted elsewhere. But Unfortunately fo this setup it seems that cost is not worth it.I will look into a different digital processor and possibly different setup.

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    Yeah I went with the RUX-C701 and made a lil pod that mounted to the headliner of my car. It's under an inch thick.

    I got those 2 pieces for just under $600 after shipping. I think you can probably swing something like that off of ebay, or froggle.
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    RUX-C701 install pics?

    Quote Originally Posted by pancit175 View Post
    Yeah I went with the RUX-C701 and made a lil pod that mounted to the headliner of my car. It's under an inch thick.

    I got those 2 pieces for just under $600 after shipping. I think you can probably swing something like that off of ebay, or froggle.
    any pics of your RUX-C701 install? thinking of doing the same when my RUX-C701 arrives. im finding info on the unit but no install pics for ideas.
    thx.
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