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Thread: Head Unit -vs Head Unitless Install. Pro's and Con's.

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    Post Head Unit -vs Head Unitless Install. Pro's and Con's.

    I was deciding to go Head Unitless lately.
    It's not a matter of room for a stereo, I have a double din and the DWW-7VGA in-dash pop out.
    Also, I figure the 4Ch amp will sound much nicer than my Kenwood HU now, also my HU is getting old and I need to replace it soon.
    I have a SB Audigy 2NX I plan on using for the 4.1 setup.

    Can people with both types of installs tell me why you choose the method and what the pro's and con's are?

    For ex. I heard that the amps make popping noises on boot. When the soundcard gets initialized and goes into windows. (I could add a switch that turns on the amps afte the PC is booted but I don't wanna do that. Even though I will have a toggle for turning on and off the amps.)

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    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
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    I'm Head Unitless and yeah it does make a loud popping noise in the booting process but it doesn't bother me because I have remote start on my car so by the time I get to my car, it's already loaded up and ready to go. As of right now I don't see any cons to not having a head unit except maybe that with my headunit I could feel the texture of the buttons and knobs so I can turn up and down the volume and change tracks without looking but now I have to look at my touch-screen. But once I get the feel of where my buttons are on the screen I may be able to do to it without looking again.

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    XxAndyxX, any cons to using windows to control your volume? I'm a little hesitant to hand over control of something like that to windows......was thinking of either a remote gain on the amp, or runnin the whole setup through an EQ somethwere up front..... you ever think of using a Griffen Powermate volume knob for that? might be a bit easier. (can get em over at thinkgeek.com for $45)

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    i went w/o a head unit and will never go back. the sound quality alone i awsome, and i had a high end alpine before and it still sounds that much better

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    Quote Originally Posted by spectrrr
    XxAndyxX, any cons to using windows to control your volume? I'm a little hesitant to hand over control of something like that to windows......was thinking of either a remote gain on the amp, or runnin the whole setup through an EQ somethwere up front..... you ever think of using a Griffen Powermate volume knob for that? might be a bit easier. (can get em over at thinkgeek.com for $45)
    I don't use windows to control my volume. I have a wireless Logitech keyboard that has a volume knob on it or when I'm using MediaEngine (which is most of the time) I just use that volume controls in that. I was also considering buying a remote. I'm going to do some research on Griffen Powermate, thanks.

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    I have a Powermate.

    I don't care if I lose AM radio. - I really want to go headunitless now.
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    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    im headunit less, i think i can get rid of the popping noise too... see attached.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mutilator
    im headunit less, i think i can get rid of the popping noise too... see attached.

    what are the specs on that relay?....

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    I don't see how that relay will solve the popping when the PC boots into XP.

    My amp allready has soft turn on. It goes on softly when I turn on the headunit or car.
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    GPSing - Digital Speedo
    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate
    Button app to Alt-Tab between two programs

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    I am also head(unit)less and have a relay setup similar to what mutilator describes. The relay controls amp power and PC power. I do not get any popping.
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