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    Would I have to rewire the speakers? I guess amps aren't that expensive...

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    Note that adding an amp to the equation adds a lot of variables. You'll have to also factor in the additional power requirement, and do you just use the integrated audio or do you go for a dedicated sound card?

    Here is some reading material:
    FAQ - very helpful, this isn't your standard FAQ!
    Sound from CarPC to speakers
    Wiring Diagram Example

    Is there a particular reason you don't want to use the factory stereo? I'm using something called Car2PC with my setup. It's a hardware piece that plugs into factory AUX and then has stereo mini for my CarPC. Now granted, it was about $80, and you can pickup an AMP for around $100....but I didn't want to go that route, and this will let me use my steering wheel controls. Here's their compatability list. InDashPC had the cheaper one for my car.

    Hope this helps get you going down the right path!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpinkerton View Post
    Note that adding an amp to the equation adds a lot of variables. You'll have to also factor in the additional power requirement, and do you just use the integrated audio or do you go for a dedicated sound card?

    Here is some reading material:
    FAQ - very helpful, this isn't your standard FAQ!
    Sound from CarPC to speakers
    Wiring Diagram Example

    Is there a particular reason you don't want to use the factory stereo? I'm using something called Car2PC with my setup. It's a hardware piece that plugs into factory AUX and then has stereo mini for my CarPC. Now granted, it was about $80, and you can pickup an AMP for around $100....but I didn't want to go that route, and this will let me use my steering wheel controls. Here's their compatability list. InDashPC had the cheaper one for my car.

    Hope this helps get you going down the right path!
    I've looked through both links before but thanks! The reason I am not using the factory HU is because that's where the screen is going

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    Gotcha. Well, I would suggest checking out Crutchfield (though some might say otherwise). They are a little more pricey, but they have tech support, live chat, they include instructions with your purchase, and can make sure you have everything you need prior to placing your order.

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    while i am not a fan of crutchfield anymore(i orginally started learning a lot of stuff from their site), but i think that they have great resources for someone that is hand on, and just getting into audio...

    you have 3 options for a amp-- either a large, aftermarket amp (basically what jpinkerton posted a pic of)--$100+ new (if you trust used electronics, you might be able to find used amps on ebay, or craigslist for cheaper)

    a small motorcycle amp(most are about the size of a dollar bill) about $25-75 new on ebay

    or a radio, and you nixxed that idea already(welcome to the headless gang!)

    basically, a large aftermarket amp costs more, has more power, and usually has more audio tuning options on it.

    a small motorycle amp is cheap, usually has limited options for audio adjustment, but are reported to be as powerful as factory radios-- so it is the best factory-replacement option.

    there really isn't a wrong option(both work), but i would recommend that you get a 4 channel version so that you do not need 2-2 channel amps, to save a little on space and cost.

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    Alright well it looks like once I gather the money new amp, speakers, speaker wire, amp wiring kit. I'm dreading running new wire but hopefully it won't be too bad. Where (if anywhere) would the remote wire run?

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    you don't have to run completely new wire everywhere-- for most, you can just run wire to wherever the old harness goes(usually behind the radio). also, the remote wire is also usually located back there, though it depends on the car

    what year/make/model do you have?

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    Oh so I just reuse the remote from the harness, cool. I didn't know I could reuse the speaker wire from the harness, I have no problems with the amp now! I will be getting a 2007 350z soon, just planning this out for it! As you can tell all I've ever done before is a new HU . Thanks for the help!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cnthinkoname View Post
    As you can tell all I've ever done before is a new HU
    Hey, I was in the same boat! I had only ever done a headunit. You'll be fine, just do lots of reading, lots of planning, take 'er slow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cnthinkoname View Post
    Oh so I just reuse the remote from the harness, cool. I didn't know I could reuse the speaker wire from the harness, I have no problems with the amp now! I will be getting a 2007 350z soon, just planning this out for it! As you can tell all I've ever done before is a new HU . Thanks for the help!!!
    i think some models of the Z include a factory amp(i think it is the radio with the bose stereo package), so depending on the one you get, you might also be able to just use that-- saving you a little more money.

    look at a carputer as a big cd player that needs a amp, and you shouldn't have too many problems-- in fact, if i go into a car audio shop, i try not to even bring up the car computer-- it messes them up too much on what i am looking for-- just tell them that you want to use a ipod as a source and they usually become a little more helpful

    just take it a step at a time, search everything(if it isn't already, google will become your best friend), and if you really run stuck, post up when you need help

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