Here we go again... it's been a while, new build
Hello again mp3Car peeps, I've been lurking around here for years, built a few carPC's once upon a time, bought one of those fabled Infill G4's (which I loved), and it's time to do another build. It's been a long time coming.
I'm a little out if the loop on this stuff because it's been almost 6yrs since my last build and things have obviously evolved. I have a couple of pieces left over from previous builds and a couple of new pieces that I picked up but never installed. I searched for hours this weekend and came up with a few pieces of recent information but most of the threads/ posts I found were pretty old and I want to take advantage of all that has been discovered here since my last build.
Can I get some advice from my carputing brothers and sisters here? My main concern is audio quality, I need to get up to speed on sound cards and such. From what I found this weekend I'm leaning towards something like the Sewell Direct SW-2979 Digital to Analog Audio Converter running to a digital optical amp, like an Alpine MRA-F350 (they are pretty inexpensive these days). Thoughts?
The carPC I'm running is made by MCS, it looks pretty much like the one pictured below except the keyboard and mouse ports are separate and I think I may have an S-video out. I bought in '09, it's an MCS-BB-CF2, 1.6ghz Dual Core Atom 330, 1024mb/1g DDR2 667mhz, m2 ATX, B/G Band wifi, and I also got the slim Slot Load DVD combo drive for grins.
I have a Xenarc 700IDT 7, flip out monitor but I'm thinking about going with an MCS Mini Touch 695 Double DIN monitor instead and putting a head unit in the center console, unless you guys have found a viable way around the head unit???
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I want to be able to do internet on the fly, I have a Samsung Galaxy S I could set up to tether via Bluetooth or something, what's the hot ticked these days?
OBDII would be cool but not necessary because the truck already has a Bullydog GT Tuner that does all that for me, but it uses an OBDII plug with HDMI out and I think it even has a mini USB port on it so there's possibilities there too, any ideas?
This is all going in an '02 Chevy Silverado 2500hd Crew Cab 4x4, I swapped out the dash and center console for an '03+ to get the double DIN opening in the dash and an easy place to put a head unit in the center console. I'm thinking about putting the slot load DVD drive in the overhead console. The PC is going inside the center console with either a Sound Processor or Crossover/ EQ, haven't decided yet, I want to be able to tweak the sound easily from the front seat.
What do you folks think? Give me the benefit of your knowledge, opinions, doubt, encouragement... :ear:whatever ya got!
Thanks in advance