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    I have a 2001 v6 accord.. there is really nowhere to mount an lcd, the whole dash area is covered pretty well, so I was thinking about removing the stock 6cd indash changer (its very nice.. but i can always put it back.. and id rather have 40gb worth of mp3s and movies) and putting a 7" sharp widescreen into the double DIN slot, should fit perfectly.

    Only thing is then, how would i control audio input from the computer to the stereo, since i wouldnt have a headunit at all, and what about the volume control?

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    You would need to run external amps to drive the speakers.
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    • #3
      could you tell me how id know what type / power amp i would need? do i need to find out how powerful my speakers are? ..and do amps draw alot of power? i wanted to be able to watch movies or whatever for an hour or two with the engine off, or at least in park

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      • #4
        Why is watching movies in your car on a 7" screen of any importance? Unless of course you have a significant other that you want to convince to stay in the car with you, but if that's the case it really doesn't matter if the movie stops 20 minutes in, does it?
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        • #5
          telek: the pc wont stop 20 minutes in! i left my car off for 4hrs and it started fine(pc was running along with the inverter). his pc and lcd wont take up that much battery power even "if" he runs an inverter. unless theres something im missing. even if he was to watch it in the car with the car off, how long would you be watching it anyways, unless you are waiting for like 3 hrs to pick someone up.
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          • #6
            As for amps, most head units today supply about 120 watts. You could probably go up to 200 with factory speakers. As long as you don't have your music full blast you should be good for a couple hours with your car off (if you have a good battery). I have a 85 watt amp powering a couple 10s and a 110 watt head unit. I can go about an hour and a half with the volume full blast.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Maveric:
              <STRONG>As for amps, most head units today supply about 120 watts. You could probably go up to 200 with factory speakers.</STRONG>

              actually that is 120 watts max by four channels so 30 watts per channel max which is about 15 watts rms, most factory speakers can not hanndle 200 watts rms, unless there is absolutely no distortion in the signal

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              • #8
                well, i have 6 speakers.. 2 in the back (6x9 i think) that are 20W each

                then 2 on the front doors, dunno the wattage but probably less

                then 2 by either side of the windshield that are small

                any tips for what kind of amp i should get?

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                • #9
                  If you are going to have a computer with a nice 7" screen in the car then why in h&ll would you want to keep the stock speakers hooked up to an aftermarket amp?? At least buy some Coustic (or other cheap aftermarket speakers w/ a warrantee) if you are going to get an aftermarket amp. Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it over again! and maybe yet again!

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                  • #10
                    I used a touchscreen in my car. My lcd is 6.4" VGa though. I don't know where in the h3ll you'd find a 7" touchpanel. A 6.4 would fit nicely in an accord and it would be angled well (if I'm not mistaken). I also use a wireless keyboard in conjunction with the touchscreen. You might find some ideas here.
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                    • #11
                      Hi mr0range! I think the Sharp 7" 16:9 widescreen is a great idea! (wink, wink). I also think it is important to remember the broader scope of options a screen in you car affords you, namely GPS, not just DVD/video playback. Fortunately, this size just happens to maximize the real estate in a standard double DIN opening (and it's realatively cheap).

                      Anyway, I am working on a VERY similar setup and decided to use the irman for input control. A touchscreen would probably be the ideal solution, but, as bergeron76 pointed out, 7" widescreen touchscreen is hard to come by and are usually not very economical. I toyed with the idea of some sort of wireless keybaord/mouse combo, but the input requirements of the type of applications run on an embedded car computer usually do not warrent that robust of an input option. Interestingly enough, I recieved my WinTV 401 TV and FM tuner card yesterday which came with an intergrated IR reciever and transmitter (aka remote control). If I can get this to work under linux, I'll probably scrap the irman option and kill two birds with one stone. Anyway...good luck and keep us posted!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bergeron76:
                        <STRONG>I used a touchscreen in my car. My lcd is 6.4" VGa though. I don't know where in the h3ll you'd find a 7" touchpanel. A 6.4 would fit nicely in an accord and it would be angled well (if I'm not mistaken). I also use a wireless keyboard in conjunction with the touchscreen. You might find some ideas here.</STRONG>

                        how much was your lcd and touch screen... i have a 2001 accord and wanted to do that too...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mr0range:
                          <STRONG>
                          Only thing is then, how would i control audio input from the computer to the stereo, since i wouldnt have a headunit at all, and what about the volume control?</STRONG>
                          there are actually cassette player holders you can order from honda... albeit it wont look pretty... you can mount a single din deck near the 12 volt plug

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                          • #14
                            you can use an irman to run your applications and your main volume in windows
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