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    So the EBY is your AMP ? Looks like the setup is ok But it's a little simplified. You'll have a lot more wiring

    Did you buy the MacPac for the carnetix1900? If not I recomend you do, its a plug and play wiring for our Mac and you still have a second Output and you can choose from 5+ or 12+. Be sure to read the Carnetix 1900 Manual before doing any test with your Carnetix !!
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    The EBY is the Lilliput EBY-701.

    The amp is not in this configuration. Additionally the diagram needs a ground connection, but I didn't see a good way to do that in gliffy.

    If you have any install advice, let me know VMT!

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    ^^Here are my Install advice with the CNX1900 and MacMini

    What I'm using:
    - MacMini (intel)
    - CNX1900 latest firmware and last board version
    - MacPac Wire for Mini (mp3car.com store)
    - Xenarc 700TSV

    Right now I'm still in the testing mode but everything works perfectly.

    Here's how I tested my install...

    Battery12v 4G cable ---> Both 12v Carnetix Input
    Car Frame ---> Both GND Carnetix Input
    IGNITION Wire take power from the 12v coming from the battery --> 2 state switch --> Yellow cable Input Ignition

    Here's a good Idea coming from CNX


    My Carnetix is setup for 12v (J2) and J5 which control the secondary output, is set to 12v for now...as I want to power my Xenarc.

    Primary output:
    MacPac Output ---> MacMini power port
    ---> PowerButton Y cable

    Secondary output (12v):
    Brown = Positive
    Black = Negative
    So those two wires will go to my screen when I receive the prewired plug for my TSV. Not sure if there's one for the lilluput though...you'll have to check.



    **MAKE SURE TO RTFM BEFORE PLUGGING ANYTHING, espacially if your going to wire your liliput with the CNX1900** If you don't set the jumpers right, you will fry your CNX (clearly mentioned in the manual)

    HOPE THIS HELPS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VmtSquad View Post
    ^^Here are my Install advice with the CNX1900 and MacMini

    What I'm using:
    - MacMini (intel)
    - CNX1900 latest firmware and last board version
    - MacPac Wire for Mini (mp3car.com store)
    - Xenarc 700TSV

    Right now I'm still in the testing mode but everything works perfectly.

    Here's how I tested my install...

    Battery12v 4G cable ---> Both 12v Carnetix Input
    Car Frame ---> Both GND Carnetix Input
    IGNITION Wire take power from the 12v coming from the battery --> 2 state switch --> Yellow cable Input Ignition

    Here's a good Idea coming from CNX


    My Carnetix is setup for 12v (J2) and J5 which control the secondary output, is set to 12v for now...as I want to power my Xenarc.

    Primary output:
    MacPac Output ---> MacMini power port
    ---> PowerButton Y cable

    Secondary output (12v):
    Brown = Positive
    Black = Negative
    So those two wires will go to my screen when I receive the prewired plug for my TSV. Not sure if there's one for the lilluput though...you'll have to check.



    **MAKE SURE TO RTFM BEFORE PLUGGING ANYTHING, espacially if your going to wire your liliput with the CNX1900** If you don't set the jumpers right, you will fry your CNX (clearly mentioned in the manual)

    HOPE THIS HELPS!
    First....Heck ya that helps!

    We have very similar setups. I'm still waiting for CNX to make up a batch of the new Macpacs for the brand new Mac Mini.

    I'll be heading out to Fry's Electronics in hopes of picking up one of those cables for the screen.

    I have RTFM and will do so again to confirm my jumper setup

    Thanks

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    It's me Ben. You came in this weekend for the power kits for your system. Just checking in to see if you have any pictures or updates on how its going. As for the audio portion of the install some one was correct that the digital audio in/out is wired to the 3.5mm jack and for all of you who say that the volumes just not loud enough thats one of the problems that comes along with converting from RCA to mini. For my carpc I have decided to install an aftermarket radio into the glove box for my audio controls. Using the rear aux input on one of these would still allow me my 3 sets of RCA inputs for my 4 channel and sub amp as well as give me the 5 volt preouts to make my music sound better. Yes I will have to set the aftermarket radio to aux and control all of my audio functions there but with a 16 band graphic equalizer I think its going to be alot more worth it in the end for better sound quality. If anyone has any input on this I would greatly apprectiate it and let me know when you get more work done. I'd love for you to bring it up for me to take a look at sometime. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xjman18 View Post
    It's me Ben. You came in this weekend for the power kits for your system. Just checking in to see if you have any pictures or updates on how its going. As for the audio portion of the install some one was correct that the digital audio in/out is wired to the 3.5mm jack and for all of you who say that the volumes just not loud enough thats one of the problems that comes along with converting from RCA to mini. For my carpc I have decided to install an aftermarket radio into the glove box for my audio controls. Using the rear aux input on one of these would still allow me my 3 sets of RCA inputs for my 4 channel and sub amp as well as give me the 5 volt preouts to make my music sound better. Yes I will have to set the aftermarket radio to aux and control all of my audio functions there but with a 16 band graphic equalizer I think its going to be alot more worth it in the end for better sound quality. If anyone has any input on this I would greatly apprectiate it and let me know when you get more work done. I'd love for you to bring it up for me to take a look at sometime. Thanks

    Cool good to hear from you. I put some pics up, I'll link them in in the next post with some description.

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    Pictures

    Folks,

    Here's my first set of pictures. Looking back on it I didn't take as many as I want. It's SO hard to stop working on it just to take some pics. Hopefully my GF will be over this coming weekend and she can take pics while me and a buddy throw some of this stuff in the car.

    All the photos are linked to my smugmug site with all the pics worth sharing.




    The outside of my car... I'm a big fan of OEM look and feel, so don't expect my install to look flashy. If someone glanced at my dash I'd want them to think nothing of the setup until you see the screen in action.



    Here you see the OEM center console. The only change will be to add the 7" Lilliput into the 2DIN slot where the factory radio is in this pic. I got this guy to take it out for me. The one thing I didn't want to bother with taking apart. .: shrug :.



    This one is a LOT out of order, but this is the setup I used for the Carnetix P1900. I also purchased the +5V add-on to power and external USB hub, but I don't see the need for it YET since the Mac Mini has 5 powered USB ports already. Plus I'm told that two pairs and one stand alone run on three seperate USB controllers which means no bottlenecks that USB hubs present. Also, see the attached document where I've detailed out my Carnetix setup!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xjman18 View Post
    It's me Ben. You came in this weekend for the power kits for your system. Just checking in to see if you have any pictures or updates on how its going. As for the audio portion of the install some one was correct that the digital audio in/out is wired to the 3.5mm jack and for all of you who say that the volumes just not loud enough thats one of the problems that comes along with converting from RCA to mini. For my carpc I have decided to install an aftermarket radio into the glove box for my audio controls. Using the rear aux input on one of these would still allow me my 3 sets of RCA inputs for my 4 channel and sub amp as well as give me the 5 volt preouts to make my music sound better. Yes I will have to set the aftermarket radio to aux and control all of my audio functions there but with a 16 band graphic equalizer I think its going to be alot more worth it in the end for better sound quality. If anyone has any input on this I would greatly apprectiate it and let me know when you get more work done. I'd love for you to bring it up for me to take a look at sometime. Thanks
    Dude you are much more an audiophile than I am. I'm planning on using the VMTsquad method of taking the 3.5mm jack, split it to 2 right a left channel wires for the amp. I'll consider the in line amplifier later if necessary. What do you think Ben???

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownaa82 View Post
    Dude you are much more an audiophile than I am. I'm planning on using the VMTsquad method of taking the 3.5mm jack, split it to 2 right a left channel wires for the amp. I'll consider the in line amplifier later if necessary. What do you think Ben???
    wont know until you try, but id estimate the output voltage of the Mini to be nothing compared to anything else you would use. 3v is the minimum id feed my amps, and 5v+ is better!
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