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  • Wiring car speakers to a pc

    I've read all the FAQs and searched the forum but can't find the answer I am looking for. I am putting a Dell Mini 9 into my car which will replace the existing head unit.

    In order to get sound to my car speakers, do I need to wire in an amp? I am assuming the pc won't have enough power to feed the speakers. If I do indeed require an amp, can someone recommend a decent unit which is priced reasonably? I am not an audio guy at all and don't need a loud *** system, just a factory equivalent setup.

  • #2
    Does your stereo have a stereo mini port on it?
    FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

    My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
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    • #3
      I don't have a stereo. The stereo will be replaced by a computer. The computer has a regular speaker port.

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      • #4
        Then you'll need to do an amp and output to the amp. That means you'll also want to look at how much beefier of power cable and grounding everything since you'll likely be mounting everything in the trunk.

        The FAQ link in my signature as some charts about figuring power/gauge of wire.
        FAQ to the FAQ - Great Starting Point

        My 2006 Honda Accord Carputer - Work In Progress
        My 1997 Chrysler Concorde Carputer - Died

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        • #5
          You know....

          There are diagrams and a tutorial for this in the FAQs...
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



          Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
            You know....

            There are diagrams and a tutorial for this in the FAQs...
            You mean this? http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/faq-...-speakers.html

            It doesn't really answer the question whether or not I can power my speakers directly from the computer.

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            • #7
              technically, you can power the car speakers by the computer-- but if you want the audio to be any louder than a whisper, you have a couple of options:

              run carpc into headunit using aux input
              run carpc to factory amp
              run carpc to external amp--this really has 2 options:

              small motorcycle amps are less than $100, and are reported to sound as good as factory head units, and are usually super small(some are about the size of a dollar bill)

              larger aftermarket car audio amps are usually more than $100 new, have a larger footprint than motorcycle amps, but have more power, and usually more features for audio control.
              My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
              "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


              next project? subaru brz
              carpc undecided

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              • #8
                Originally posted by interceptor View Post
                You mean this? http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/faq-...-speakers.html

                It doesn't really answer the question whether or not I can power my speakers directly from the computer.
                No, I meant he FAQs here: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advfaq.php
                Several FAQs about audio connections, but the one you want is at the top of the Audio section.
                Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                How about the Wiki?



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                • #9
                  The Human Loop

                  Finger >> Touchscreen >> Automotive System >> Amp >> Speakers >> Ears

                  ^_^

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