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    Question My first car pc. Installing a 2din carpc headunit. + questions about audio system.

    I'm thinking about purchasing this 2din carpc:
    http://shop.vic-ltd.com/navisurfer-i...e=URL_LANGUAGE

    Some newbie questions:

    1. What power cable will i need for this 2din carpc?

    2. What amplifier can you recomend? Is there one that is commonly used?

    3. What speakers can you recomend for me?

    My car is a 3000GT VR4 1993 model. This is the info I have on the stock speakers:
    Front door speakers: 4-OHM,15W, 6,5"
    Tweeters: 8-OHM, 5W, 2,5"
    Back seat speakers: 4-OHM, 15W, 6x9"

    I want to upgrade these also. My main focus is clear sound not super high volume but decent enough.

    Hope you can help a complete newbie. Thanks.

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    1 - At least 12awg straight to the battery. 10awg would offer more headroom. Don't forget to fuse your power line!

    2 & 3 - Any amp will work. It all depends on what you want out of your audio system and your budget. I suggest going to a local car stereo shop that has a good reputation (not BestBuy!) and asking some questions.
    Let them know what you intend to do, your budget and they should be able to help you out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert View Post
    1 - At least 12awg straight to the battery. 10awg would offer more headroom. Don't forget to fuse your power line!

    2 & 3 - Any amp will work. It all depends on what you want out of your audio system and your budget. I suggest going to a local car stereo shop that has a good reputation (not BestBuy!) and asking some questions.
    Let them know what you intend to do, your budget and they should be able to help you out.
    I live in Sweden and I intend to buy used stuff or from ebay because 2nd hand value on audio stuff is alot lower I've heard. So a pointer to what brands/companies to use as far as speakers and amplifier goes would be nice.

    Budget is about 3-400$ preferably 300, for both speakers and amp. Maybe more if I really have to but keep in mind I'm buying used stuff probably. I don't need pro stuff but an upgrade from original.

    Thanks for answers

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    posting for link in sig on all-in-one carpc's: make sure you know what your getting into!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    posting for link in sig on all-in-one carpc's: make sure you know what your getting into!!
    why is that? seems solid to me.

    if you say A you have to say B...

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    the reason is that i don't remember running across that brand before, so the quality is unknown..

    so you need to either ask the manufacturer what kind of support they have, or what can be done to repair the unit when it fails. as i noted in the other thread, it is not that i am against all-in-ones, just don't want to see some one else get screwed buying one..

    many of the all-in-ones have a blatant lack of support to get the price very low.. while this is great at first, this only ends up hurting you(the end user) because every computer part fails, it is only a matter of time--esp, when they are placed in a harsh car environment..

    a great example of all-in-one units that didn't work out very well is the Infill G4--if you search that forum section, that is nearly a worst-case scenario for something like that.

    ie: something on it stops working after a year of use, no one offers support or repair for the unit, so you now have a $600 paperweight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    the reason is that i don't remember running across that brand before, so the quality is unknown..

    so you need to either ask the manufacturer what kind of support they have, or what can be done to repair the unit when it fails. as i noted in the other thread, it is not that i am against all-in-ones, just don't want to see some one else get screwed buying one..

    many of the all-in-ones have a blatant lack of support to get the price very low.. while this is great at first, this only ends up hurting you(the end user) because every computer part fails, it is only a matter of time--esp, when they are placed in a harsh car environment..

    a great example of all-in-one units that didn't work out very well is the Infill G4--if you search that forum section, that is nearly a worst-case scenario for something like that.

    ie: something on it stops working after a year of use, no one offers support or repair for the unit, so you now have a $600 paperweight...
    why is it harsh on the pc? Because of heat or humidity?

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    and dust, dirt, static electricity, sub-zero temps, vibrations from motor, vibrations from road, electromagnetic interferance to name a few

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    all of the above though EMI, and static discharges are less likely to cause problems as the wide temp swings, and heavy vibrations from rough roads, or engines..

    many here have had mostly reliable pc's using off-the-shelf parts, many of them not specifically rated to deal with the environment.. but we are also hobbyists, so pulling everything apart every couple of months to repair it is not so bad...

    there is also the cost issue-- non-industrial hard drives are usually less then a 1/4 of the price of their industrial counterparts, so as hobbyists, it is easier, and cheaper in most cases to go through a hard drive drive occasionally, then to get the super expensive, but industrial rated drive...

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