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    Lightbulb Proposed AM/FM/HD Radio Project

    Hey Everyone-

    Its been quite a while since I've posted on the forums, and I haven't been around regularly in something like 3 years, but now I'm back!

    With the purchase of a new (to me) car and the completion of my undergraduate degree, I've started to get some new ideas.

    Mainly these include a shiny new CarPC (one that would allow me to go headunitless) and a Home Theater / Media Center PC. Both of these projects call for something that in commmon that I just can't seem to find a solid solution for:

    An AM/FM/HD Radio PC Interface.

    What I would like to do is try and develop my own device to meet these needs.

    The new device would have the following capabilities:

    Analog AM Radio Tuner
    Analog FM Radio Tuner
    Digital HD Radio Tuner
    RDS/RDBS Support
    PC Interface (PCI, PCI-e, or USB)
    Internal Digital Output (SPDIF) and/or External Analog Output
    Inexpensive

    But I need a little help from all of you:

    1. Am I retarded and does this already exist? As far as I can tell there are plenty of FM tuners built into various TV tuner cards, but FM isn't enough for me, I'd love AM and wish for HD Radio. I've actually seen this implemented, but its super expensive and designed for broadcasters with 4-8 tuners on a gargantuan PCI card (doesn't even fit into the case I would like to use for the HTPC)

    and

    2. Are there features radio features I'm forgetting about? You know, those that will make all your dreams and wishes a reality?

    Note: this is not a promise of a product, simply an idea I had and would like to develop.

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    Yes, does exist.

    Boomzbox HD for sale at the MP3Car store offers audio over USB

    Directed/Visteon HD radio with Mitch's cable offers RS232 connectivity, with analog audio output.

    Both do AM/FM analog and HD with RDS.
    TruckPC - gutted, being used for test setup
    BoatPC - All in 1 in cuddy, N7 using VNC on dash, RR
    BlazerPC - Nexus 7 with Timur's USBROM

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    And they are FCC compliant.
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    Oh. Sweet. I can't believe I missed that.

    Well scratch that plan.

    Anyone know if it works with Windows Media Center? (the Boomzbox)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewalksalvage View Post
    Oh. Sweet. I can't believe I missed that.

    Well scratch that plan.

    Anyone know if it works with Windows Media Center? (the Boomzbox)
    It works with any NT Windows OS (and Media Center is just XP).

    Also you may want to reconsider Media Centre and find a good frontend.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
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    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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    I meant does it work with the Windows Media Center application within windows (XP, Vista or 7)

    I wouldn't use media center for my front end, its far too restrictive for my taste. Last time i used roadrunner

    Edit: i'm curious because I would like to use Media Center for my HTPC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewalksalvage View Post
    I meant does it work with the Windows Media Center application within windows (XP, Vista or 7)

    I wouldn't use media center for my front end, its far too restrictive for my taste. Last time i used roadrunner

    Edit: i'm curious because I would like to use Media Center for my HTPC.
    You must mean the FM radio application that works with some tuner cards that resides inside of Media Center, if so the answer is almost for sure no. MitchJS has an application that can be downloaded from his site that will control the Directed/Visteon HD radio without a frontend. It will also control XM and Sirius devices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveDog View Post
    You must mean the FM radio application that works with some tuner cards that resides inside of Media Center, if so the answer is almost for sure no. MitchJS has an application that can be downloaded from his site that will control the Directed/Visteon HD radio without a frontend. It will also control XM and Sirius devices.
    Yes that is what i meant. Thanks guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveDog View Post
    You must mean the FM radio application that works with some tuner cards that resides inside of Media Center, if so the answer is almost for sure no. MitchJS has an application that can be downloaded from his site that will control the Directed/Visteon HD radio without a frontend. It will also control XM and Sirius devices.
    Is it possible to control the Visteon HD radio from one of the popular frontends? If not, what is the short and sweet best answer to adding HD radio to a CarPC? Boomzbox? Also, I hear there are interference issues, is that true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveDog View Post
    Yes, does exist.

    Boomzbox HD for sale at the MP3Car store offers audio over USB

    Directed/Visteon HD radio with Mitch's cable offers RS232 connectivity, with analog audio output.

    Both do AM/FM analog and HD with RDS.
    I'm often mentally challenged. Could be right now. But I am not seeing the Boomzbox in the MP3Car Store..

    I've been on the fence over going with a CarPC or with a way too expensive head unit ($1899 surround sound with Nav..). The head unit does not offer RDS and has a $130 extra charge for HD.

    I've also read the thread on Mitch's cable offering RS232 connectivity, but am not understanding totally how it works (a newbie to carpc..).

    Anyone car to dumb it down for me or show me where I didn't look in the store?

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