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    Hey, i've been doing a LOT of reading on this forum for the past day. I'm having a hard time deciding weather or not I should go with a carputer or a headunit..

    I haven't made a final decision yet but i'm wondering how using both would work out.

    I would probably have a regular setup with a head unit, speakers, and amps. Then, seperate I would have my carputer, and send a output from the carputer to an input on the head unit.

    my question is, how would the sound quality be if I do that, I sort of am looking for nice SQ.

  • #2
    Originally posted by slaya786
    I would probably have a regular setup with a head unit, speakers, and amps. Then, seperate I would have my carputer, and send a output from the carputer to an input on the head unit.
    Correct.

    Originally posted by slaya786
    my question is, how would the sound quality be if I do that, I sort of am looking for nice SQ.
    It sounds great. At least, I have no complaints at all with my setup, the only difference is that I still have my stock speakers.


    Personally, I like having a H/U for short drives, and the radio. With a H/U, I think you have the best of both worlds.
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    • #3
      Thanks.
      That's what I was thinking, "best of both worlds."

      What would be the best, and most convenient way of connecting the carputer to the head unit? rca's? regular headphone jack thing?

      anyone else's opinions would be cool too.

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      • #4
        Head units have the RCA type plug for inputs and outputs. I am definately going with one because I want a radio.

        What all do you want? If you just want MP3 and maps, then a carputer may be a waste of time and money for you. Their are headunits with built in 20 gig harddrives now, and all that map stuff. True, they cost a lot, but not really compared to a carputer.

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        • #5
          well what do you mean by, what exactly do I want.. I guess the same reason everyone else wants it.. I'd preffer the controll of an actual PC over some head unit that comes with an LCD.

          I don't see how it would be a waste of money for me?
          All i'm really paying for the screen and psu, which is less than 350$

          I refuse to pay $900+ for a head unit, evan if it does come with an lcd monitor.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rocky388
            Personally, I like having a H/U for short drives, and the radio. With a H/U, I think you have the best of both worlds.
            Giving the fact that when set in standby, it boots up in 10 seconds, it's probably faster than some head units out there that take a while to read an MP3 disk...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cris
              Giving the fact that when set in standby, it boots up in 10 seconds, it's probably faster than some head units out there that take a while to read an MP3 disk...
              10seconds how did you get your instal small enought to boot in 10seconds?
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              • #8
                I think he means 10 seconds from standby

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cris
                  Giving the fact that when set in standby, it boots up in 10 seconds, it's probably faster than some head units out there that take a while to read an MP3 disk...

                  and given the fact that I don't put my computer in standby it's quicker to just put the radio on . And even if I had my computer in standby, then I have to search through the songs (while driving) to find one to put on. I'll stick with my radio for a drive that I could only listen to 1 or 2 songs.

                  And, either way, a computer has ****ty radio.
                  Take 2 - '03 Audi A4
                  macmini with an 8" widescreen (in progress)

                  My 2004 Ford Ranger:
                  14" LCD w/ custom made aluminum bezel
                  Completly custom computer case

                  status: Totaled

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by slaya786
                    Thanks.
                    That's what I was thinking, "best of both worlds."

                    What would be the best, and most convenient way of connecting the carputer to the head unit? rca's? regular headphone jack thing?

                    anyone else's opinions would be cool too.
                    My headunit has a 3.5mm jack for aux input, and obviously the computer has a 3.5mm jack for output. I went with running RCA cables, with rca to 3.5 mm adapters on each end.
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                    macmini with an 8" widescreen (in progress)

                    My 2004 Ford Ranger:
                    14" LCD w/ custom made aluminum bezel
                    Completly custom computer case

                    status: Totaled

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bland
                      I think he means 10 seconds from standby

                      That's what I meant...
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                      • #12
                        If you NLITE + Minlogon your XP install (check out the optimization board here on mp3car) and you are running a P4 system, you can easily get your COLD BOOT time under 30 seconds. some people are quoting under 20 seconds...It boots so fast you barely see the WinXP load screen for half a second lol

                        As for the both HU and Carputer setup... that's what I currently have. I'm getting an alternator noise whirring problem... most likely from having them sitting right on top of each other. I can minimize it by boosting the signal volume up really high so the HU doesn't really amplify anything (and therefore doesn't amplify the alternator noise), but I still hear it. So try to shield that wire that goes from your carputer to HU as best as you can.

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                        • #13
                          H/U and run optical from your carputer to the AUX in if it supports that. I also like the fact if you run your system seprate, you have a back up in case your computer has a little down time, Radio, HD, and XM/Sirius if you don't want to mod your computer.

                          MY SIRIUS radio is running from the carputer, but I can swap out the circut board to run it off the H/U in about 2 mins.

                          RCA voltage - If you want SQ you will need some power running from the RCA's of your carputer to your amps. Sound cards ONLY will give you max around 2v with the new cards. A H/U if you look for a good one will run 5+ volts which will have a less likelyhood of introducing line noise.

                          Better sound shapeing - X-overs with more steps and can change on the fly. Time alignment, PEQ/Equalizer etc etc. (depending on the H/U or processor)
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