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  • heya, newbie to the carPC world

    are most of you using a car PC / touchscreen / mp3 player totally in place of a headunit?

    meaning, if you have a car PC do you still need some kind of headunit?

    The reason I'm asking is because I'm about to get ahold of a 1986 F150 that needs a stereo system. I have some computers laying around the house and might also be getting ahold of a PII laptop I could hack up.

    So I'm wondering if I could build myself a carPC without having to buy a headunit.

    thanks in advance.

  • #2
    You need either a head unit or an amplifier to increase the line-level audio from the computer to something that will drive the speakers.
    System status: in progress

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    • #3
      Change has got it right, I've seen it both way's, without head unit and with head unit. I think with headunit is usually the most popular way that I have seen. It's easier to keep your radio and AM stations that way.

      I went headless since I didn't have much more then a stock headunit and it was where I wanted to put my screen. I think the real challenge going headless is that AM radio is not easily obtained on a computer these days. The only add in card that would pick up AM is the cadet board and it only works on an ISA slot.

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      • #4
        What type of Amp would you use if you didn't use a head unit? I plan on only have 4 speakers and maybe a sub later.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Nitroman15
          What type of Amp would you use if you didn't use a head unit? I plan on only have 4 speakers and maybe a sub later.
          I don't know what everyone else uses.
          I plan on going with a 4-channel amp. You can also get a 4+1 amp to drive L/R front/rear plus a sub.
          This is assuming you're going to be using 4+1 output from your soundcard from the PC. If you're going straight stereo, then a headunit might be the better option. Any decent sound card will have at least 4-channel sound capability.
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



          Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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          • #6
            For an illustration check out my sticky in the newbie forum on how to get sound from computer to speakers:
            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=32430
            My Install Thread
            digitaljetta.com

            MKIV VW Jetta
            How do I get sound to my car?

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            • #7
              ohhhhh no not again

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kickercivic1
                ohhhhh no not again
                and don't think for a second that it's over lol.
                My Install Thread
                digitaljetta.com

                MKIV VW Jetta
                How do I get sound to my car?

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