Lotus 7 replica audio and carputer
I 've been lurking around for some time now and finally decided to register because I 'll probably need some help with my new project :-)
I started building a lotus 7 replica (www.timpion.be/blog), and one of the things I 'd like to include is some kind of carputer.
There are some important things that differ from a normal car:
- There is almost no space (I don't even have a booth)
- The car must be lightweight, (and so must the audio system)
- It's a convertible and only has a thin sheet of leather as "roof"
I thought of using an archos (or similar device) as "carputer". (I saw some OBD II projects with arduino and android on the net). I guess I can always switch to another sollution like a tablet PC or so. (This is not that important at the moment)
The main problem is the Audio system. I'd like to put the output of the archos (or another mp3-player for that matter) 'directly' to the speakers. I have no need for radio, CD's or whatever, so I don't need a head unit. I thought of plugging the mp3 player directly into an amp, But I heard I ll need some kind of preamp.
apart from that I was wondering if I'll need an hardware equalizer or if a software equalizer will do. (I'd like to still hear the music when going 50mph with the roof down)
So what do you think will be a good sollution that's lightweight, small and affordable. Below 350€ ?
Power and bass is not that important to me. I just like to hear rock, jazz, dub and stuff like that.
Is something like this a good idea? (Audiovox Power 760 car amplifier)
Thanks for the help,