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    Is there any possible way, to possibly turn a head unit into a usb fm tuner maybe even tap into the amp??? I know very little about chips/components and programming but i was just wondering if anyone has done this........i searched somewhat so dont flame me to bad.....thanks



    Jarrod

  • #2
    Anything is possible, but not feasible.
    Go HD Radio instead.
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    • #3
      no good.....theres only one station for hd around here.....some classical station. any one else know n e thing about hu as usb tuner and maybe amp?

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      • #4
        n e one ?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jayrod7387 View Post
          no good.....theres only one station for hd around here.....some classical station. any one else know n e thing about hu as usb tuner and maybe amp?
          The HD tuner can pick up non-HD channels as well. I picked up the Directed one for about $50 on ebay and got the cable from Mitch for $25. It will pick up analog and HD AM/FM. You can plug your car's antenna into it and get a good signal and not have to deal with any headaches you might encounter with a USB tuner.

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          • #6
            I agree go with the HD radio, they are plentiful, inexpensive, and have concert quality sound. The engineering has already been done by mitchjs and he sells the serial / usb cable to control it.

            If you really want to accomplish you idea however:

            You could create a USB interface to control a headunit tuner but this would require an extensive amount of reverse engineering, circuit design, PCB development not to mention the software to control the Frankenstein unit.

            The only other way I could think of is if the headunit has a remote IR, you could send commands to it that way with an IR transmitter hooked to the PC.
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            • #7
              sounds great....whats the catch? I use centrafuse, will it fit right in to the radio option? And may I ask what is so much better about hqct that everyone is so fond of?

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              • #8
                wow....did a little more research and....i dont know how i over looked this but it seems perfect.....why is n e one wasting time with hqct or any other radio device? size? ummm ya im confused lol

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                • #9
                  The HD radio is relatively new, within the last few months. I am not sure if Centrafuse can control it but I know for a fact RR does

                  I also owned a HQCT and it was expensive. It worked although the sound was no where near the HD unit and the HQCT was really "bassy" and just never sounded that clear to me.

                  The HQCT made a great carPC tuner, as in , you needed a pc to use it at all.

                  The HD unit is a stand alone tuner that even has its own faceplate. Mitch's cable just replaces the faceplate by using the interface port via serial connection.
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                  • #10
                    I dont know how i ever over looked this. I'm sold. just need to find out about how to get it working with centrafuse.

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                    • #11
                      just scrap centrafuse and use RR. its much better supported, developed software.
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