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    I've browsed over this branch of the forums... and I've got some questions...

    Any advice I can get would be greatly appreciated...


    A) do people run audio into back of a regular HU, or does somone make an amp that would let you USE the mini as a HU?

    b) psu stuff, anyway got get the mac to boot to a usable state REAL fast? Eg, suspend etc?

    c) Anyone gone through and ripped out everything they dont need? Eg, when I boot I dont want full osx desktop or menus or anything?


    d) for personal use you guys just using c-car? preferences?


    thanks for everything.

  • #2
    Originally posted by ronnyek
    A) do people run audio into back of a regular HU, or does somone make an amp that would let you USE the mini as a HU?
    I think people have done both. I personally want to get rid of my HU, so i'll be going directly to my Amps via a USB sound card and some line converters (to bring the line levels coming out of the sound card up to what the Amps want).

    b) psu stuff, anyway got get the mac to boot to a usable state REAL fast? Eg, suspend etc?
    I think most people are using the CarNetix power supply which has built in support for the native sleep mode. Macs wake up from sleep really fast, but they do use some power in that mode.

    c) Anyone gone through and ripped out everything they dont need? Eg, when I boot I dont want full osx desktop or menus or anything?
    You could boot it to console mode and then run X11, but then why not just use a Linux box? One of the things I think makes Macs in general ideal for this application is how much they have already built in both to the OS and included Apps. If you don't want to see the menu bar/desktop, use a full screen App. You can even setup auto-login and set the account to launch your UI App at login so you don't have to do anything when it/if it restarts.

    -dave
    My pathetic worklog.
    CarFrontEnd (now it's own sub-forum!!!!)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ronnyek
      A) do people run audio into back of a regular HU, or does somone make an amp that would let you USE the mini as a HU?
      I run my mac to an amp using an adaptor to change the output to rca

      d) for personal use you guys just using c-car? preferences?
      90% of the time I use itunes with ikarr to control it easier over c-car
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      • #4
        here's my game plan...i'm going to use griffin firewave ....

        http://www.griffintechnology.com/pro...wave/index.php
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        • #5
          If you have a P1900 from Carnetix, you can sleep the Mini. It comes up in about 3 seconds. Say 5 just to be safe.

          Search this forum for "Safe sleep" if you want the equivalent of hibernate on the PC.
          Originally posted by ghettocruzer
          I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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          • #6
            that is an awesome layout, that firewave looks sweet!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by viper24
              that is an awesome layout, that firewave looks sweet!
              Yeah it does, but it's been in preorder for what seems close to a year now

              -dave
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              • #8
                Originally posted by iamgnat
                Yeah it does, but it's been in preorder for what seems close to a year now

                -dave
                here's the work around for those looking or waiting for something like this
                it works for both PC/Mac...

                http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Transit-main.html

                i've found it for like $79

                or if you want up to 7.1 ... its also completely USB bus-powered (no power supply required)

                http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...ater-main.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GSoup
                  or if you want up to 7.1 ... its also completely USB bus-powered (no power supply required)

                  http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...ater-main.html
                  The Sonica is what I have since I got tired of waiting for the Firewave. I got it off ebay for $50
                  I still need to do something about the line level converters though so my Amps will play nice with the Sonica's output.

                  -dave
                  My pathetic worklog.
                  CarFrontEnd (now it's own sub-forum!!!!)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iamgnat
                    The Sonica is what I have since I got tired of waiting for the Firewave. I got it off ebay for $50
                    I still need to do something about the line level converters though so my Amps will play nice with the Sonica's output.

                    -dave
                    do you have a preamp/eq?

                    check this...
                    http://www.xitel.com/product_hfl.htm

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GSoup
                      here's my game plan...i'm going to use griffin firewave ....

                      http://www.griffintechnology.com/pro...wave/index.php
                      What preamp are you going to use before the amps to control Volume?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GSoup
                        do you have a preamp/eq?

                        check this...
                        http://www.xitel.com/product_hfl.htm
                        Not yet. I haven't figured out what I want to do. It looks like i'll have to put at least 2 in though to maintain fade and balance from the Mac. Straight to the Amps works for testing though which is good enough until I get off my lazy *** and do some real work on all this

                        The sight isn't the most helpful, but it sounds like just a replacement for a USB sounds converter and I didn't see any indication of a built in pre-amp. It appears that it is outputing the levels compatible with home audio which is too low to get proper function from Car Audio (I could be completly wrong though as I am still learning about all this). It also appears to only have 2 outputs which means you would have to split for 4+ speakers, not have good base support, have zero fade support, and have no timing (critical for the best sound possible) support.

                        -dave
                        My pathetic worklog.
                        CarFrontEnd (now it's own sub-forum!!!!)

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