(I'm just going to type everything that I have on my mind in this one thread to avoid clutter/spamming. Yes, I like to talk.)
I've seen a number of "surround sound processors" available for sale, all DIN or half-DIN sized. But spacialization and user control isn't something that I'm interested in at all. I figure that the PC itself will have plenty of options for positioning that signal.
Audio Control is a company that I've always been interested in, and I was sad to see that they don't offer anythign regarding surround sound. I was wondering if any company makes a surround sound processor / line driver / crossover, all in one unit, but something that is a neat box that can go in the trunk, rather than the dash.
My system plans, on the audio end, is the aformentioned memphis belle (very awesome unit), and CDT HD components up front, with some CDT braxials in the rear. The center unit, while I haven't physically seen it yet, I hope to be able to fit a 4" if possible (3.5" if not) unit in the stock center speaker location. The stock center speaker was powered by the head unit, merely spliced connection off both the left and right channels. Since I want it as a discrete channel, it needs its own amp, of course.
So, I need a single channel amp that sends out no more than 50 watts. Nothing major really. I was wondering if anyone knew of something for this purpose, as it is rather specialized. I'm thinking some automotive manufacturers OEM part, from some stock bose setup somewhere. Some little amp that I can tuck away in the dash.
As far as the subwoofer goes... I was thinking a 15" XXX sub, custom placed in a custom Fiberglass enclosure in the spare tire well. Cleanly installed, hole cut in trunk carpet and braided clean. The amps/processors/ power splitting devices will be mounted between the rear strut tower bars, in a custom glasssed enclosure, illuminated intelligently.
Herein comes the cool stuff, the carputer. In the name of simplicity, I was thinking about an all-in-one mini-ITX board, and thats it. Load it up with DDR of course. I will install this into the decently sized glove compartment, along with a 120GB hard drive and slot loading dvd/cdrw drive. I can custom fab brackets for everything, and I hope to eventually paint the interior of the glove box with some copper embedded paint, which is used on a lot of high end audio equipment. Shielding is something that too many people ignore with custom built cases, I feel. I can build a cage to suspend the hard drive from shock, mounted vertically, but with grounding cables connecting my bracing/mb/hd/dvd together - another oft-missed important thing.
This computer doesn't have to be removable easiliy, but it does have to be removeable should it need. The glove box itself is removable with some clips and screws, and thats great for when I have to work on it or the unlikely need to repair it. The i/o is exposed when the box is dropped down and clips removed. Hot glue all connectors in. All accessories, I want to go through a usb hub, or serial-usb adapter. This way the bulk of my accessories can be away from the tight space behind/in the glove box.