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Thread: 6in LCD or 20x4 VFD?

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    6in LCD or 20x4 VFD?

    Im getting to the point that im looking for a display for my mp3 player. I was wondering if there was a general preferance. Ive seen the 6ins for $150 and the VFDs between $100-$200. Which would you all suggest.. Thanks

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    In the interests of saving money here is an idea.I have found that the LCDs 16x4, 20x4, 16x2, 20x2 used in heaps of applications like water meter readers, alarm system displays etc are all HD44780 based and should therefore work with winamp. Stuff like this costs next to nothing to buy. For example I picked up a few old water meter readers from a trash and treasure market for $5 each the displays in these were 16x4 and all worked with winamp ($5 AUS is probably about 5 cents US now days pretty damn cheap either way).These HD44780 displays are used in just about everything that uses a 4x16 or similar LCD.

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    All industrial/commercial LCDs are hd44780 ?

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    No, not all but a **** load of them are. Everything I have pulled apart with a 16x4 etc display has been hd44 based. Even displays that didnt use the HD44780 have been compatible. eg recently I pulled a 16x2 out of an old alarm system key pad, this used a GM9120 Goldstar chip but it still had a 14 pin bus and still worked with winamp. Just for the record, Im not suggesting all displays are based on the Hitachi Chip but if they have a 14 or 16 pin bus there's probably a good chance it'll work.

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    Thats pretty cool.. but the thing is with those you probably have to know the wiring for them right?? I have no clue how to wire the power and all that stuff.. =) Im looking for something thats just basically plug up and ready to go!..

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    If you are worried about the wiring, check out the inmotion carmp3 site. I think he is the one responsible for the winamp plugin that drives those displays. Anyway if you download the plugin from his site, the wiring diag is included. When you have done that, you will see that the connections are very simple and straight forward. Even if you have no electronic skills it would be easy. If I can be of any help with pictures etc just let me know.

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    Well...I dont think you have a choice now. Rumor has it that eio.com is closed

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    The people who run eio.com, called ECSC were in the process of moving from Gardena, CA to Downtown LA, CA. I heard someone tried to go to Gardena and there was an eviction sign on the fence and it was closed. But I heard it from a friend who said his friend told him... so I don't know what to believe...

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