Does your stereo have a stereo mini port on it?
I've read all the FAQs and searched the forum but can't find the answer I am looking for. I am putting a Dell Mini 9 into my car which will replace the existing head unit.
In order to get sound to my car speakers, do I need to wire in an amp? I am assuming the pc won't have enough power to feed the speakers. If I do indeed require an amp, can someone recommend a decent unit which is priced reasonably? I am not an audio guy at all and don't need a loud *** system, just a factory equivalent setup.
I don't have a stereo. The stereo will be replaced by a computer. The computer has a regular speaker port.
Then you'll need to do an amp and output to the amp. That means you'll also want to look at how much beefier of power cable and grounding everything since you'll likely be mounting everything in the trunk.
The FAQ link in my signature as some charts about figuring power/gauge of wire.
It doesn't really answer the question whether or not I can power my speakers directly from the computer.
technically, you can power the car speakers by the computer-- but if you want the audio to be any louder than a whisper, you have a couple of options:
run carpc into headunit using aux input
run carpc to factory amp
run carpc to external amp--this really has 2 options:
small motorcycle amps are less than $100, and are reported to sound as good as factory head units, and are usually super small(some are about the size of a dollar bill)
larger aftermarket car audio amps are usually more than $100 new, have a larger footprint than motorcycle amps, but have more power, and usually more features for audio control.
My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
"The Project That Never Ended, until it did"
next project? subaru brz
Several FAQs about audio connections, but the one you want is at the top of the Audio section.
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