Introduction and some quick questions on a basic SQ system
First post, I currently drive a B7 Audi A4 Avant, and am slowly beginning to think that a Carputer is going to make sense to me based on what I want. My car has a double DIN sized opening, and my main priority is for good SQ. Unfortunately no double DIN units available offer much by way of processing (Time Alignment, Ability to run active set ups etc) unless I were to buy an external processor, not to mention I have no real need for the ability to watch movies in my car, and already own a portable GPS unit. On the other hand, there are many single DIN units available that offer what I am looking for, but I hate how they look in the double DIN space in the A4 dash.
So, this is how I ended up at mp3car.com... my system goal is ultimately going to be pretty simple, component speakers in the front (ideally running in an active set up), most likely some coaxials in the rear and a single 10" sub in a sealed box in the rear. I want to keep everything OEM looking, so am hoping to install the carpc in the cubby that is on the right side of the trunk (currently occupied by all the Bose system). I want the ability to use Sirius and play CD's... what sort of cost would I be looking at for a carpc to do this? I am pretty sure it would be less than a double DIN + processor, but wondering what a ball park figure would be? I don't need anything hugely expensive, just the ability for good SQ (and eventually the ability to add GPS etc). I know that prices are out there, but it is pretty (in fact hugely) confusing for someone new to this to know exactly what pieces of equipment I need.
Also, is it possible to ditch the stock HU in the Audi and replace with a carpc but keep (at least temporarily) the Bose speakers/amps? And, along with newegg are there are other recommended stores to check out for components?
as for initial cost, a car computer can be cheaper(i believe that mine started around $800), but i esitimate that my project has now cost me at least $2k , just for the car computer, including all the parts i have swapped--3 soundcards, 2 wifi dongles, 2 hdds as of now(it's a hobby, so i don't know how much exactly, and don't want to), and no intentions to stop...
It is generally recomended that you not get into car computers based only on the cost efficiency compared to DD navi units, only becasue you might need to service the carputer more, and definitly if you like to try to improve it as often as i do . and as the same for any new member, i recommend searching for threads about people being 'done with the whole car computer deal' those threads will give you a good idea of some fothe problems you could be run into-- to some, the problems are a wall, to others, those problems are only bumps in the road. decide for yourself what is best for you.
costs vary widly with features and parts that you need, but a moderate (well planned ) build could be around $1000 completely installed.
if you are interested in running a full active setup, check out the high end car audio section-- there are many threads that i think you might find helpful.
Thanks for the reply, along with the cost vs DD Nav unit part of the appeal is also being able to play around/customize/improve the system as I go. I will definitely search for some of the "done with a carputer" threads though.
At the moment I am just reading and researching, and will then probably slowly put together a parts list and start buying all the components that I need.