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    Well I honestly don't know very much about LCD's and I need some help. I want a character lcd to just tell me what song is playing when my mp3 box is on. What will I have to buy and how do I hook it up?
    Anything special I have to do?

    Thanks.

    Oh yeah also I have been getting Mp3's for a while now and except for the ones I'v personally ripped they are all at 192 kbps...does this sound ok on a good stereo or do they need to be 256kbps? Thanks for any help.

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    there are several LCD options for you to choose from. there are big ones (40x4, 20x4, etc.) there are also little ones (16x2, etc.)
    do you want it backlit? (costs a bit more)
    get them from places like eio.com, timeline.com, mpja.com.....
    for those, you'll need to solder your serial or LPT connections from the cable to the display..

    some people offer pre-built LCD's..
    (Inmotion, Lorty, etc..)
    (prebuilt=$$$$$) obviously if you hook the suckers up yourself, it's cheaper.


    do some archive searches on this board.
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    click on SEARCH at the top of this page


    g00dLucK!!

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    oh ya..

    i encode at 128kbps... and it sounds fine on my factory system.


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    After I hook the LCD to the computer then what do I use so the computer will see the LCD and send the song names to it?

    Thanks.

    Also how can I mount the lcd to my dash? Any recommendations?

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    I use VBR compression at 50%, sounds a bit better than the 128K, same size file.

    check out my site for an example of indash.

    the Page isn't pretty but it is functional.

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    You will need one of the LCD plugins for Winamp, based on if you get a parallel or serial LCD display. If you are not comfortable with electronics (reading schematics, soldering, etc.) I would buy a premade unit, or get one of the professional serial units.

    128Kbps is fine. 256k will just make the files bigger, but will sound about the same.

    If you have a free DIN slot open, you can get a DIN box that is designed to hold CD jewel cases. Mount the display inside it, and mount it under your head unit. (unless you get the 4x40 display, which will probably be too big to fit....)


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    I have a GM truck with an oversized radio spot..could I fit a regular sized cd receiver and then a jewel case thing under it for my lcd in that position?
    or not?

    Thanks.

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    I was thinking if you had a double-din opening (like on a lot of Japanese cars) this would work. It's how I have mine installed. If you have the oversized opening, I don't think that will be enough room for a LCD display unless you modify the opening....


    Originally posted by AaronYoq:
    I have a GM truck with an oversized radio spot..could I fit a regular sized cd receiver and then a jewel case thing under it for my lcd in that position?
    or not?

    Thanks.

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    Hey, speaking of DIN sizes and all, I was wondering if any of you knew the specifications and sizes of DIN, DOUBLE DIN, and DIN AND A 1/2.

    A website or link would alos do fine
    Gizmos' MP3 Car - Check it out
    http://gizmos.mp3car.com

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    Stay with 192kbps.
    I encode all my mp3 at that rate and can not tell the difference from the cd. You can tell the difference in a 128kbps mp3, the high frecuencies seem more muffled.

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