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    Tv card w/ am/fm tuning

    Is there a tv card out there that offers both am and fm tuning?

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    no.. there is a card that is am/fm but it is not a tv tuner.. and it is an ISA card. it's called the cadet.. if you search the fourm you will be sure to find more info on it, but no.. I've contacted many companies directly and it seems that no one makes an AM tuning card. The problem is the inherent noise of the computer.. it makes AM tuning difficult.

    If you find any info let us know!!
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    search Google for "Cadet" and you should find plenty of places that sell it. I bought mine for like $8.

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    why do you want AM tuning in your carputer?
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    I want AM tuning for sports. It's also not a bad idea to have it for traffic reports. Many US highways have signs reading "If lights flashing, please tune to XXXX AM"

    I will be likely getting this unit: http://www.carentertain.com/page/lda230i.asp
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    Those seem like fair reasons...

    However, $228 for it??

    That seems like > 3x what you should be paying.

    Do you need the TV tuner aspect? Assuming that you do, You could always do what that other guy did ($8 card for AM tuning) and get a WinTV or something for like $60, or heck, for $100 you can get a good head unit w/ aux in, then just switch over to radio whenever you want. Additionally you could just set up a $10 radio w/ digital tuner, and pump the output into your sound card to be amplified... Unless I am missing something?
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    I don't have an ISA slot.. and I won't be putting anything in my car that will..

    I am not using a head unit.

    My only option would be an fm/tv card.. but frankly FM is meaningless to me, that's why I made my mp3car system.. because the radio is wretched.

    for $228 I'm getting something that would be more or less a head unit, except it doesn't go in the dash, it has on screen display for the controls, and is remote controlled.

    4x20 output might not be the best.. but for my stock speaker system it will suffice, meaning I don't need to buy an amp.

    The whole concept of my system was "head unit replacement" I've weighed my options, and this is pretty much the best, and most inexpensive, and other than having a walkman in my glove box, is the only way for me to get AM tuning.
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    How is this the least expensive when a head unit itself (hell, if all you want it for is AM anyway) can be as low as $50?

    How are you going to power your sound in your car?

    A $120 Head unit will give you 200W plus an aux in, and a remote control as well (although I never understood the purpose of a remote control in car!) You can probably find them for even cheaper than that. You don't have to put this in your dash either if you want to use the remote. And if it isn't in the dash, where is it going, and if you can't see it, what is the purpose of the screen display?

    Sure I dislike Radio, but I tune to it every now an then to see what is new out there, listen to some new tunes that I don't have, etc...

    $228 seems like at least twice as expensive to pay to get what you want. But hey, it's not my money.
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    Like I said, I'm not using a head unit. I hate the look of 3rd party headunits in a dash. My goal is to have a cleanly intigrated system, that looks like it belongs. My final project will have the controlls in a headunit like control panel, and a intigrated tft so that my dash looks like it could be stock.

    The on screen display is on the TFT screen in the dash, what does that have to do with the unit? and this unit supplies 4x20 (4x45 max) which is more than sufficent to power my stock speakers.

    The only reason I'd be using a remote is because that is the simplest way to control it with out hacking something into my other controls. If there were a way to avoid using it I would. When the next generation IRman comes out that allows IR broadcast.. I'll hopefully be able to pick that up and use it to expand the functionality of my in dash controls, and eliminate, or at least reduce, my dependency on the remote.

    I don't need 200w out of a head unit, this unit will be more than sufficient. It gives me am/fm tuning.. I really don't care about TV tuning.. that's just a residual benefit that I will likely never use.

    I could remotely mount a head unit, but then I wouldn't be able to see what stations I'm tuning etc.. It simply does not accomplish the goals I am after.


    Actually this isn't the cheapest option.. but I've looked all over, this is the ONLY option I can find that will suit my needs. Unless I designed some new hardware somehow..
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    So an aftermarket HU in dash (which are designed to be stock replacements and look decent) doesn't look like it belongs, but a custom TFT with custom control panel will?

    Depending on your dash (I'd have to see it), I guess it would depend if you have a normal DIN-style opening.

    From the Lux Mobil website (the makers) say that the max output is 20x4, not 4x45 or 4x40 (which is what the link that you provided says) But yeah, 2x20 is enough for stock speakers provided that you don't like it too loud.

    http://www.luxmobiltech.com/pages/lda230i.htm

    (Telek reads spec sheet) OH, so you want to pipe the output of this into your TFT, and that way will be able to see what station you're on, etc?

    What does your dash look like? I'm not familiar with it. Do you have any pictures of it and where you plan on putting everything?

    I guess with the restrictions that you've set then this is really your only choice.
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