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    Mac Mini Carputer Setup idea

    Ok im kinda a newbie and want to set up a mac mini carputer in my new 07 Silverado....i am going to run windows on it (gps reasons) and i have a general idea of what i will need but have some questions and want some suggestions and thoughts...i need to get a list of all the main parts i am going to need before i start buying

    Product List so far:
    -Intel Mac Mini 1.66ghz Combo
    -Lilliput GL701NP 7" Motorized In-dash or Xenarc 700ts (not sure yet)
    -OPUS 150 watt DC-DC power supple SFX.1215
    -BU-353 GPS Reciever
    -Most likely using roadrunner maybe streetdeck

    Questions:
    -I want this system to have good sound quality so i am going to need an external sound card and a 4-channel amp right? How much power will i need from the amp? Recommendations please

    -Will the OPUS do all the work with powering my system or what will i need in addition to that? Will it work with the MacPac?

    -I would like to have control over my sound that i can mount in my dash like a sound processor with an equalizer and crossover but don't know which one (looking at Clarion EQS746 and Soundstream MPQ-7XO) Recommendations....i don't want it to be too complicated that i wont be able to work with it

    Any input would be greatly appreciated thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebmx66 View Post
    Ok im kinda a newbie and want to set up a mac mini carputer in my new 07 Silverado....i am going to run windows on it (gps reasons) and i have a general idea of what i will need but have some questions and want some suggestions and thoughts...i need to get a list of all the main parts i am going to need before i start buying

    Product List so far:
    -Intel Mac Mini 1.66ghz Combo
    -Lilliput GL701NP 7" Motorized In-dash or Xenarc 700ts (not sure yet)
    -OPUS 150 watt DC-DC power supple SFX.1215
    -BU-353 GPS Reciever
    -Most likely using roadrunner maybe streetdeck
    I don't think that the Opus PSU will work witht he Mac mini. The Mac Mini's motherboard isn't ATX-compliant. The Opus is an ATX-compliant PSU.
    I think you're going to want a Carnetix P1900 or P2140.

    -I want this system to have good sound quality so i am going to need an external sound card and a 4-channel amp right? How much power will i need from the amp? Recommendations please
    "Good sound quality" is relative. What I would consider good SQ would make true audiophiles vomit, I'm certain.
    I suggest giving the built-in sound a try. If it's acceptable to you, then great. If not, it's not all that difficult to add an external sound card.

    -Will the OPUS do all the work with powering my system or what will i need in addition to that? Will it work with the MacPac?
    Nope. See above.

    -I would like to have control over my sound that i can mount in my dash like a sound processor with an equalizer and crossover but don't know which one (looking at Clarion EQS746 and Soundstream MPQ-7XO) Recommendations....i don't want it to be too complicated that i wont be able to work with it
    That will inmprove your sound quality immensely. My setup (when it's installed) will include an AudioControl Three.1 for that very purpose. It's a simple device, and small, too (1/2 DIN). It has fader and balance control, bass adjustment and a comparatively small EQ. It also boosts line levels, which will help combat system noise somewhat as well as provide a strong signal to the amplifiers.

    Both of the units you specified will accomplish the same thing, and will likely do you well.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    the AudioControl three.1 looks very nice and i think i will be adding that to my system

    i have been reading up on sound quality which is really what i am looking for and from what i have gathered i would get the best sound with a sound card and external dac right?

    i would put the music from the computer to the sound card and then to the dac which i would locate close to the 4-channel amp for the speakers i think?.....but i would like to know where i would locate the AudioControl processor, would that go in-between the sound card and dac?

    i would gladly appreciate it if anyone would change/tweak my system for sound quality because i still have plenty time to change as i haven't ordered anything yet

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    I don't think that the Opus PSU will work witht he Mac mini. The Mac Mini's motherboard isn't ATX-compliant. The Opus is an ATX-compliant PSU.

    Opus is claiming that their 150W and 180W dual and triple output DC-DC units work with mini. they suggest DC07 and DC09 to their mac mini customers.
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