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    On the same link on the Crutchfield, also points out - "Don't worry if you can't find an amp small enough to match speakers with low power ratings. You can always set your amplifier's gain low enough that it won't ever attain its full power, so your speakers will be safe".

    I guess, what he meant in the above youtube video, is that if we use the amp with the lower power than it is rated for, then it would put less strain on the amp.

    Well I have already ordered the 100 W amp and 60 W speaker, so lets just hope everything works fine.

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    That will be fine. With gain low, and don't turn it so loud that the music clips you will be ok.

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    Hello all! i hope no one gets mad at me posting this but hear i go! i am so new to carpeters its not even funny. I have a high end audio system in my car and i was thinking of putting a windows surface pro in for the android apps and streaming music,movies, OBD2, GPS,car tuning, and using sound blaster usb pro for audio. i wanted to allso include a camera as well for reverse and have room for growth. i was wondering if some one can help me out with a parts list and operating system to use. i also want it to boot up and shut off like a after market radio. please limit the cost i am not broke but i dont want to spend 2 arms and a leg. please help thank you

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    Wow! A lotta action going on!

    pkaush! Glad to read that you're moving forward on the project!
    Having a nearby car-computer expert will help immensly; you do not look like the trial-and-error type.

    Some thoughts:
    1 - I'm glad that you stuck with the Pioneer GM-D8604. Based on the specs, it should work out. Even though I'm originally an R/F guy, I have Pioneer equipment both in and outside the car that I can vouch for.
    2 - You would only need to go above 100w RMS if you plan on really blasting your music. The 5 channel amp I have now (remember, I'm a subwoofer guy) goes up to 75w RMS x 4, and the sound is incredibly clean. The Rockford Fosgate amp I had before that was 75w x 4 RMS too. And after five years, the front speakers eventually began to deteriorate.
    3 - Under this setup, I agree with @camo.b to ditch the secondary battery.
    4 - The Pioneer 6.75" speaker set - I like them, but you will be the first Camry owner I know to test these out. I am just about to order this 6x9 set from Amazon; but if your 6.75" speakers work, I might change up and give it a try. Hope those adapters fit...
    5 - Um... Does this mean you're not going to upgrade the rear speakers? Because if you are...
    These units are worth the price of admission.
    6 - You will need the wiring diagrams for the car speakers so you can connect the proper green (or pink, or blue or gray) wire to the speaker cable. Give me a few hours to find that document; or the page.

    Best of luck to you and @RRay! And don't forget to post pics!!
    All systems are a go...
    Currently in "tweaking" mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkaush View Post
    Thanks SNO & DP!

    2. The PC I have doesn't have ACPI pins to auto power on.
    my psu connected to the power swithc of the mobo can do automatic shut down and boot. you dont have to connect to any special pins. just connect it to the psu and from there is can take commands just like you press the on - off switch

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    We forgot to take pictures, but Saturday we managed to find a firewall passthrough with rubber plug that was perfect for running the power. We ran 4 gauge wire from the battery through the firewall, and measured for good ground connections in the trunk so the Amp can be installed.

    We removed the original radio from the dash, and tried to laser cut the DDIN adapter part, but the laser could not cut all the way through due to charcoal buildup and it being some kind of flameproof plastic, so we used a dremel to finish cutting an opening large enough for the Dell Venue to fit, and leave swipe area around the screen for acessing windows 8 charms with the capacitive screen. Needs some sanding and cleanup still.

    We also took the Dell Venue apart to locate solder points to run external USB and Power Button wires.

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    Yeah, we made some real progress last weekend and hopefully we will have our audio setup up and running this weekend, all thanks to RRAY. We now have both positive and negative in the trunk, up to the amp. When we started wiring speakers we realized 20 feet cable (which came with amp kit) is not sufficient to get the component setup. We have ordered 14 awg speaker wire and a USB extension cable and a USB hub, so that we can put all the wires in place next time we take the car apart. I guess, once all the wiring is done, it would be easier to connect everything.

    For rear speaker, the plan is to disconnect them and drive for a week and then decide that do I need rear speakers or subwoofer (I think I can bridge the rear two channels and add a sub instead). I don't usually have anyone sitting on the rear seats. Thanks for your suggestion for rear speakers, they look great.

    I used to be trial and error kind of person, its just, I don't get sufficient time since my daughter. Moreover I cannot take much risk with car given I pickup and drop both my wife and daughter :-).

    Wiring diagram for Camry is something we are still missing. If you could find it, please share.

    Also, do you know where can we find Camry tweeter mounting adaptor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkaush View Post
    Wiring diagram for Camry is something we are still missing. If you could find it, please share.
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    older models .

    http://share.qclt.com/%E6%B1%BD%E8%B...AMRY/camry.pdf

    and there is a manual in the emule which refers to vehicles up to 2006 . i started downloading it but i dont know if it fits ur vehicle..!

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    Thanks Happy Feet - this is exactly what we need, but for camry 2009.

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    this is the electrical wiring diagram 2006-2011 http://twintower.homeip.net/Toyota C...ng Diagram.pdf hope this helps SNO

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