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    I'm starting on a project to hook up a Nexus 7, to, among other things, play music in my car. I want to hook up a small amp (in the stereo slot). I would prefer to have it as small as possible. I saw this thread: http://www.mp3car.com/car-audio/1402...n-in-dash.html where this was recommended: http://www.bybyte.com/amp.htm

    I thought that might be what I was looking for, but I have barely any experience in audio, especially car audio, and don't know what exactly I'm looking for. All I want is something that will allow me to plug in the 3.5mm headphone jack into the car, using my existing speakers. I have a 1998 Chevy K1500 pickup, with the standard stereo that looks like this (I'm pulling out the stereo for this):

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    Is this what I'm looking for? Any similar items that I'm looking for? How am I going to hook this up (i.e. are there any other cables I'm going to need)?

  • #2
    Here is the one I use in my 96 S10 Blazer, very similar to the bybyte, but cheaper, unfortunately also from china so it takes 10 days to get it.

    I have a male to female 3.5 mm Y cable coming out of my DAC headphone plug and 2 regular male to male 3.5 cables to the 2 input plugs.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/TDA7850-4-Ch...item5657d942c7
    TruckPC - gutted, being used for test setup
    BoatPC - All in 1 in cuddy, N7 using VNC on dash, RR
    BlazerPC - Nexus 7 with Timur's USBROM

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DaveDog View Post
      Here is the one I use in my 96 S10 Blazer, very similar to the bybyte, but cheaper, unfortunately also from china so it takes 10 days to get it.

      I have a male to female 3.5 mm Y cable coming out of my DAC headphone plug and 2 regular male to male 3.5 cables to the 2 input plugs.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/TDA7850-4-Ch...item5657d942c7
      Thanks, so how do I hook it up? I couldn't find instructions on anything. Are the 4 screw-down ports on the sides where speaker cables go? They look like speaker connections. And the one on the front is power?

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      • #4
        In that ebay link if you scroll down enough there is a detailed diagram of the connectors.
        TruckPC - gutted, being used for test setup
        BoatPC - All in 1 in cuddy, N7 using VNC on dash, RR
        BlazerPC - Nexus 7 with Timur's USBROM

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DaveDog View Post
          In that ebay link if you scroll down enough there is a detailed diagram of the connectors.
          Could you repost the link? It just takes me to the ebay home page.

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          • #6
            Butt-splice this bad boy (verifyplz)

            http://www.amazon.com/Scosche-GM02B-...stereo+harness

            to this

            http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLMRMP3B-...+car+amp+3.5mm

            You could probably stuff this back there with out a problem. 6x3x1.5 inches. Granted it's no where near 200 watts per channel, but probably close to 20 per, putting you at the same level of the factory radio. As a plus the wires come directly out of it, which you can just crimp a plug or butt-splice it to the factory wiring. (as opposed to messing with a bunch of screw downs or solders) Looks like it has a 3.5mm input jack (or a set of stereo rcas) so you don't even need a y cable or adapter.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jigg007 View Post
              Butt-splice this bad boy (verifyplz)

              http://www.amazon.com/Scosche-GM02B-...stereo+harness

              to this

              http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLMRMP3B-...+car+amp+3.5mm

              You could probably stuff this back there with out a problem. 6x3x1.5 inches. Granted it's no where near 200 watts per channel, but probably close to 20 per, putting you at the same level of the factory radio. As a plus the wires come directly out of it, which you can just crimp a plug or butt-splice it to the factory wiring. (as opposed to messing with a bunch of screw downs or solders) Looks like it has a 3.5mm input jack (or a set of stereo rcas) so you don't even need a y cable or adapter.
              That amp is 11" long. There's no way that would fit back there.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by iamthesgt View Post
                That amp is 11" long. There's no way that would fit back there.
                I just checked the model number on three different websites and see nothing about a 11" dimension (just dumped the model number into a google search). Its all close to that 6x3x1.5. Maybe 11" is one of the dimensions of the shipping container?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jigg007 View Post
                  I just checked the model number on three different websites and see nothing about a 11" dimension (just dumped the model number into a google search). Its all close to that 6x3x1.5. Maybe 11" is one of the dimensions of the shipping container?
                  Huh. Yeah I see that. Not sure where the 11" is from either. Thanks for the link! I hope that works.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jigg007 View Post
                    I just checked the model number on three different websites and see nothing about a 11" dimension (just dumped the model number into a google search). Its all close to that 6x3x1.5. Maybe 11" is one of the dimensions of the shipping container?
                    Okay well I ordered those two items, and I'll let you know how it works.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jigg007 View Post
                      Butt-splice this bad boy (verifyplz)

                      http://www.amazon.com/Scosche-GM02B-...stereo+harness

                      to this

                      http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLMRMP3B-...+car+amp+3.5mm

                      You could probably stuff this back there with out a problem. 6x3x1.5 inches. Granted it's no where near 200 watts per channel, but probably close to 20 per, putting you at the same level of the factory radio. As a plus the wires come directly out of it, which you can just crimp a plug or butt-splice it to the factory wiring. (as opposed to messing with a bunch of screw downs or solders) Looks like it has a 3.5mm input jack (or a set of stereo rcas) so you don't even need a y cable or adapter.
                      Thanks for the recommendation! I installed them and they work great! Here's my summary: http://n00bnerd.blogspot.com/2013/09/step-2-audio.html

                      I do note some feedback from the car's electrical system on the line, so do you have a recommendation for a good small filter?

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                      • #12
                        for future searches... parts express has a line of good little t-amps. They are made by 'sure' check them out
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by scott_fx View Post
                          for future searches... parts express has a line of good little t-amps. They are made by 'sure' check them out
                          Thanks! I doubt I'll be needing another amp, but if anyone else wants to use a different one in a similar project, they'll have a resource.

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