Car PC goal (digital audio) - how to get there
Greetings all -
I am new to this board and pretty much new to the topic as well. I have pretty extensive experience with home computers dating back to dos & the 286's though, and I built my current PC piece by piece. Hopefully that will make working through my concept and putting together just what I want a bit easier. It is sure nice to have a great group to bounce ideas off from too! I know I've learned a lot from my time on DIY/ECA car audio boards.
My goal in building a car pc initially is simple, and then I can add to it as I go. First, however, I want to build something capable of extremely high quality audio output. I'm currently using a car head unit with a optical input and a terrific digital to analog converter so, I can keep that for the moment - or if it would work better - I can ditch it in favor of going straight from the pc if I can get the same or better quality signal processing somehow.
I've been shopping through the 2.5 hard drive cases that have the media player built into them, and they are very close to serving my needs, but they are designed for people to use for hd video and such, which isn't my priority. By this I mean, they have terrific playlist abilities, but only for videos and the audio portion is an afterthought with all files lumped into one or a similar problem.
So, having no idea about brand quality, and really no clue on what hardware would even be required to accomplish my goal, I turn to you! I'd like to be able to use my ipod video or its files through this system initially too. Things like the GPS option and wifi etc all sound good too - but down the road perhaps since I don't have the budget to just go buy a 2 grand - all in one option right now.
Just out of curiousity though, how is the G4 (right title?) that is sold here? It sure looks all encompassing and very nice!
Thanks in advance for your assistance - I hope I'll be able to help others before long instead of leaching experience... but you have to start somewhere!
Less - Jim