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    Here is what I want... Too Much to Ask?

    I am all for doing this from scratch but I have a certain set of needs that I want met and if it can be done with an aftermarket unit I am all for it...

    • Clean, classic presentation and feel in Double Din
    • Hard Drive Support
    • CD Player
    • Work with stock Monsoon system in 02 VW Jetta
    • GPS Navigation
    • Ogg Vorbis support*


    *More of a "nice to have" feature than a requirement


    Would a custom built CarPC be best or can you guys think of some aftermarket headunits that would work?

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    You want a double din ogg vorbis player? I'm not aware of any aftermarket units that support that other than car PC units.

    Some players support USB but I'm not sure about hard drives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    You want a double din ogg vorbis player? I'm not aware of any aftermarket units that support that other than car PC units.

    Some players support USB but I'm not sure about hard drives.

    Switched it up a bit... Vorbis would be nice but not essential I suppose...

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    I know a few years ago Kenwood or Pioneer made HDD units but I think they gave up. If you want a CarPC just for features, then you can probably forget about it. Yeah it is the best, and most feature rich, but it also requires some work.

    Nobody that seriously considers a OEM headunit over a CarPC will be happy with installing a CarPC.
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    "Clean, classic presentation and feel in Double Din"
    i have no clue what this means-- everyones definition is different: to some, this means that it will fit, to others, it will only fit after using a shoe horn, to others, it will only fit after using cutting tools and hammers, and to others, it could mean that it looks just like their old factory unit...


    "Hard Drive Support "
    a computer will obviously support this, but i believe i remember a thread somewhere at some point about pioneer head units with usb cables supporting external hard drives--i am a pioneer guy, so i can't comment on other brands.

    a cd player is not that hard to integrate-- it just takes more work to setup to play automatically(compared to a head unit).

    here is a thread, i think its in the FAQ section that details how to connect to the mosoon sound system...

    "gps", again, the mass produced unit will require less setup, and will be closer to "hassle free" navigation, but both a carputer or nav unit are viable options for this.

    for playback of .ogg files, you would really need to get a carputer-- i really don't think that it is a popular enough format for the major companies to even consider it...

    overall, i think you would be better off with a standard, off the shelf nav unit-- the largest part of any carputer install is the maintenence-- things will break, or will stop working whenever they feel like it, and you will, at least once(i lost track how many times...), be forced to pull over to fix something in the first year .

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    Actually, a Mac Mini running FrontRow will get you all those features without any configuration hassle.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Actually, a Mac Mini running FrontRow will get you all those features without any configuration hassle.
    but it wouldn't fix my audio configuration hassle

    i guess that last part is on a install by install basis

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