I have a HU because, I had it and don't feel like rewiring now. Maybe next summer if I even have the same car.
Someone will need to. It will not set its self for you.
As for the question about aux in...have you TRIED it yet skiltz? Audio is funny like that...you never know if you're happy with it till you actually listen to it...
I KNOW I'm not happy with onboard analogue sound, others here are perfectly happy with it. I KNOW I'm not happy with it because I tried it...even ran it through a 7 band EQ on the first CarPC I did a few years ago. Was NEVER happy with it. But then again, if I had been happy with it I don't think I would have pushed my system to the point I've pushed it to now and continue to push it to...
I think ultimately though I will go HU less. Im running Passive crossovers so don't need TA. I dont see the point in running signal from the trunk to the front then front to trunk..
sound output directly into an amplifier then you avoid a set of RCA cables but you now need longer speaker wires instead.
and it's funny that you said earlier that "Im a firm believer in the more things you pass through, the more molested the signal gets", yet you're running the signal though passive crossovers which probably "molest" the sound quality more than a second run of RCA cables would.
the head-unit's aux-in voltage is irrelevant. even it it was only 1v max a good head unit would amplify it's pre-amp output to 4v or higher anyways, which will feed your amplifer with a nice clean signal.
I use a HU with my rig and I think it sounds great. keep in mind i'm no audio-freak, but I know horrible sound when I hear it, and my system sounds pretty good IMO (especially considering the audio comes from my laptop's on-board sound)
but anyways, like I've said before... this thread/poll wasn't to debate which method is better or worse (because that debate will never end). it was simply to see which method was more popular... that's all
good luck with your new system
It only takes me a few seconds to switch over to the hardware controller for my HD Radio unit (Visteon Zoom HDZ300). It a tiny little thing, just velcro's to a spot on my lower dash. The picture in that ad makes it look huge.
The little thin remote it comes with is really not a bad thing at all.
I keep the remote and the hardware controller out of the way in the glove box when the carpc is available since the Visteon is fully software controllable.
I really dont drive the car that much, so I typically take the carpc in the house and use it. There are lots of times where I just dont want to mess with taking the carpc with me out to the garage for short trips, and the little hardware controller provides the perfect entertainment solution for those instances.
I guess you could say I do not fit into either of the two poll options specified, since I have the best of both worlds..
a lot of newer cars are integrating more & more other vehicle functions with the head unit, & there are cars that removing the head unit really isn't even much of an option at all without loosing climate control display or other vehicle options & functions.
you can still add a pc to a vehicle like this if you keep the factory head & factory display, I'm doing one of these now & relocating the factory display overhead. removing the head is not really possible on some cars.
series) now have graphical LCD screens in VGA quality. 640x480 usually right now, but that is good enough.
More and more cars are getting in the category where you can send the VGA signal from the PC to the OEM screen and then just flip the source. and use the OEM touchscreen interface as well.
I think that this will be the way all cars (well anything above basic crapola) will be very soon, and then soon after all cars.
So I am looking forwards to buying a car with a cool display for the future new carpc.
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yeah but that still means the head unit is manditory & not optional. I coulda displayed the pc on the stock screen & done no fabrication at all, that's definatley an option, but 640X480 on a less than 7" screen was too much compramise,
in a few years well have hd displays & more compatability for sure, & this means more "headunit included" installs