I'll look into that, thanks!
I was in the shower today and had a thought... what about a Carputer (or small laptop) mounted in the car with Ubuntu Linux and a wireless card, running SlimServer... with a Squeezebox as a head end installed into the dash, streaming audio directly off of the remotely mounted PC via 802.11g?
That would seem to give me what I want... a decent player interface in the dash (with a remote!) and very very high audio quality, and the PC would be easily removable to interface with my home network. The laptop idea seems to have the most merit, cheap small laptops with crappy screens are a dime a dozen and their power supplies are already hardened against voltage drops. I could stick the PC in a durable enclosure in the trunk with the appropriate OEM DC-DC power brick and forget about it... set up auto-suspend in 2 minutes when the power isn't connected (avoid quick on-off problems) and set it up to auto-wake when the power is restored.
Does anyone have a source for really simple DIN metal enclosures? Preferably just the sides, no front or back? I'm going to have a front panel made for it.
The plan at the moment is to use a Squeezebox3 in the dash, in a custom enclosure, with a CarPC or a laptop running linux and Slimserver in the trunk. Attach the two with a bit of Cat5 and hook up the power and RCAs and I'll be in business.
I ended up abandoning the carputer project and bought a Pioneer Premier DEH-P690UB.
It's cheap and easy and supports up to 250GB hard drives. As far as I can tell, it's the only unit on the market that actually delivers on what it promises... a commercial, integrated product that delivers simple, high quality digital audio reproduction from attached hard drives.
You could have used RF OmniFi
It's essentially has everything you want, in a pre-built proven format. And now that they're old you could pick one up for less that the build price of even the cheapest carpc.
Oh well - looks like you're sorted anyway.
I would have to hack it to get anything over 20GB... with this setup I can plug in usb flash drives or hard drives up to 250gb as long as their power requirements are under 500mA, and it has full iPod control if I have someone ride along who happens to have an iPod.
Originally Posted by pokki
So far it seems like the right mix of features for my needs... and I bought it for under $200 brand new.