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    Equalizer w/ amp instead of headunit - HELP

    Hi, people.

    I really don't want to buy a headunit, since I don't want to listen to CDs or radio, and they are expensive here in Norway, especially if I want IP-BUS or Aux-in.

    I was scooping down partsexpress.com and found the 'PYRAMID 705CD 7 BAND EQ/AMP W/COMPUTERIZED SPECTRUM'
    (http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd..._ID=6416&DID=7)
    (Hope the URL works..)

    I thought «HEY! This is perfect.».

    I did a small search and found a cheaper webshop that ships internationally..

    I found an even cooler equalizer too; http://www.bsless.com/776gx.html.

    My problem is the lack of knowledge. I do know that I need these things:
    * INPUT from the computer
    * OUTPUT to my subwoofer amp
    * VOLUME CONTROL at the equalizer (I want to controll _everything_ from this unit, even the volume of the subwoofer.)

    I was looking for an equalizer in the DIN-size.. not half-DIN.

    Can anyone tell me if one of these equalizers will cut it?

    (I'm sorry for the horrible english, but it's 2:39 AM here, and I haven't slept for 34 hours..)

    Here is the list of what bsless.com got..
    http://www.bsless.com/auto-stereo-it...qualizers.html

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    Re: Equalizer w/ amp instead of headunit - HELP

    the first one is not really good, since its trying to be a car amp as well...... trust me EQ's trying to be amps suck!

    same with the second one!!!


    my advice, get a GOOD quality pioneer/clarion/etc.... preamp/EQ/sub crossover/fader half DIN unit.

    run the computers output into the EQ/preamp, then outputs to PROPPER car amps, and your sub amp.

    otherwise just split the computer sound output straight to your subamp and another amp for your full-range speakers. then use winamp's inbuilt volume and EQ controls......
    Project - GAME OVER :(

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    Re: Equalizer w/ amp instead of headunit - HELP

    A bit more expensive but probably worth it, is a seperate amp and EQ. There seem to be a lot of Clarion ones on ebay at the moment, it's probably no use to you, since your not in the US, and it's half DIN.

    ]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=1349626869

    My problem is the lack of knowledge. I do know that I need these things:
    * INPUT from the computer


    Nearly all equalisers have, a line in, so you just need a jack to phono adaptor to plug it into your sound card.

    OUTPUT to my subwoofer amp

    Most (nearly all the decent ones) have a built in crossover, and a low pass output purely for the sub

    * VOLUME CONTROL at the equalizer (I want to controll _everything_ from this unit, even the volume of the subwoofer.)

    Again most of them have a volume control, for main volume, which cotrols everything, sub included, some also have a second control for the sub aswell, but the main volume will over ride this.

    I was looking for an equalizer in the DIN-size.. not half-DIN.

    Any reason why? You can buy adaptor plate to fit a 1/2 DIN module into a DIN slot, so it'll still look pretty stock.

    I hope that helps a bit

    Rob

    PS, does anyone know anything about the Clarion EQ I linked to, as I'm thinking about getting one, the LongMill one I've currently got is the weakest link by far.
    And you say people actually pay money for M$ Windows?
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    Re: Re: Equalizer w/ amp instead of headunit - HELP

    Originally posted by magnetik
    then use winamp's inbuilt volume and EQ controls......
    Who said I was going to use winamp?
    (or fscking windows at all?)

    Damn.. I am sticking to something customizable.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Re: Re: Equalizer w/ amp instead of headunit - HELP

    Originally posted by Rob
    You can buy adaptor plate to fit a 1/2 DIN module into a DIN slot, so it'll still look pretty stock.
    Where? Remember.. I live in Norway.

    Ebay is not too good for me.

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    I was going to use an EQ to control my setup at one point as well.

    In my opinion the best EQs are made by audiocontrol but they are pricey. three.1 and four.1 are very nice models and have a line driver built in.

    There are a ton of other companies that make in dash EQs...
    Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Kenwood, DEI, Cadence, Clarion, etc.

    Any of the above would work fine. I have yet to see a double din EQ that uses analog controls and doesn't need a head unit controlling it.

    In the end, I wound up using my Sony head unit and buying a Sony XA-300. http://www.crutchfield.com/S-KbM9OQf...i=158XA300&s=0

    I'm very glad I went this route. Works great and gives me a couple more Aux inputs.

    -Jesse
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    I don't want a headunit.

    I've heard Lanzar makes 'ok' units.
    Any experiences?

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    I would steer clear of Lanzar. They typically make subpar components. Cadence is probably the best for the money IMO. I've seen the Cadence EQs go for $30-40 on ebay brand new and they have a built in line driver.

    -Jesse
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    Sony CDX-C910, Sony CDX-U303
    Sony XA-300 USB->unilink adapter
    In dash 5.8" LCD
    Infinity Beta 3 way component set
    4 - OZ Audio 250L 10" subs
    2 Sony XES-M1's, Sony XES-M3
    Esoteric Audio wiring
    Toshiba 7020CT laptop with DVD docking station.

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    I still live in Norway, so eBay is not for me..
    I have to import equalizers from USA, since no one carries them here..

    What is 'subpar'?

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    Ivar,
    Not very good=subpar

    As for importing and EQ. I'm not sure how bad it would be really. I bought a crossover off of ebay and the seller was in Latvia. It came in a week and shipping wasn't too expensive. Might be something to look at.

    -Jesse
    2001 Ranger XLT Off Road
    Sony CDX-C910, Sony CDX-U303
    Sony XA-300 USB->unilink adapter
    In dash 5.8" LCD
    Infinity Beta 3 way component set
    4 - OZ Audio 250L 10" subs
    2 Sony XES-M1's, Sony XES-M3
    Esoteric Audio wiring
    Toshiba 7020CT laptop with DVD docking station.

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