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    Quote Originally Posted by pwntbypat View Post
    yikes... I can't post worth anything when my mind is in la-la land. I remembered seeing Mark E post something about every vehicle has a point where going back so far will make stage width crumble.

    Sorry for the OT.
    hehe since you went OT I'll just sort of add to it.

    "Stereo" is based on an equilateral triangle. Therefore, path lengths sould be as close to equal as possible. between drivers and between yourself and each driver. You can increase the perceived width by introducing some slight early reflections on the drivers side pointing to the exterier...or you can attempt another method. It' won't be easy though and I doubt you have the room for it in a VW.

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    C'mon durwood. You know I know that . I know you know I already told you about my buddies car that I'll hopefully get to build using that, special, method.

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    hehehe I know I know, just stating it again for anyone else that might come across it.

    I think I finally found a way to implement in my car. Now I have to test it. Then actually do it right and make it look pretty.

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    Jan, since you decided to not pursue this, I hope you don't mind going OT a little farther.

    I've already found a way, but not in the VW. In a 94 aura Legend. It's a buddies and all it needs is brakes and I can tear into it. unfortunately for me to take it on, I have to get rid of my 85 GTI, which also needs brakes... HAH

    Check this out. The top MDF is the normal level for the dash. The bottom level is the cross-member. There's a good 6-7 inches between them. It is completely flat left to right on the cross-member. I would remove the HVAC and mount a subwoofer in it's location, then possible install speaker pods on something similar to track light... track for adjustability. Perfect location for ambiophonics. I already have all the parts, literally, for a second carputer (just found out my x-mystique works with asio4all... go figure) and the gauges could easily be relocated to the center-console.


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    If we ever decide to go trailer queen for the GTi, we'l be pulling the dash, no questions.

    There's no way I would drive that car without the 3" steel cross-member that's in the dash being there. If for some odd reason, someone were to plow into you, without that cross member, you're screwed. Not to mention not having at least front impact air bags isn't so cool either.

    We put over 20k miles on the GTi last year just going to shows across the country...

    If, by some miracle, we come up with about $60k for a new truck and trailer, then and only then will we consider ripping the dash out...until then....we can only dream...BIG!

    I'd love to be able to do away with the dash....there's only so much you can do with a full dash in the car. We're kinda at that limit now, but we'll work with it.

    Looks like a pretty cool project there!
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    the cross member is in place in that car :0

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    The most active German forum for high quality car audio is www.klangfuzzi.de. The user possibly most knowledgable about the Alpine PXA processors is old-diabolo. His homepage is http://www.dreiradreise.de/ and it contains detailed infos about the PXA, inluding hardware mods. I hope you can make sense of it using Google language tools.

    Having said that, I can't really imagine why people bother with these noisy things but to each their own.

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    Having said that, I can't really imagine why people bother with these noisy things but to each their own.
    Have a better option that gives the same number of outputs, optical in, and is in the same price range that doesn't require the use of a specific head unit for it to function?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
    Have a better option that gives the same number of outputs, optical in, and is in the same price range that doesn't require the use of a specific head unit for it to function?
    I think the only other real option there is something like the Zapco amp line with optical input...you could combine this with a toslink switcher if necessary.
    I have too much time and too little aggravation in my life, so I built a carPC. ;)

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