are most of you using a car PC / touchscreen / mp3 player totally in place of a headunit?
meaning, if you have a car PC do you still need some kind of headunit?
The reason I'm asking is because I'm about to get ahold of a 1986 F150 that needs a stereo system. I have some computers laying around the house and might also be getting ahold of a PII laptop I could hack up.
So I'm wondering if I could build myself a carPC without having to buy a headunit.
thanks in advance.
Change has got it right, I've seen it both way's, without head unit and with head unit. I think with headunit is usually the most popular way that I have seen. It's easier to keep your radio and AM stations that way.
I went headless since I didn't have much more then a stock headunit and it was where I wanted to put my screen. I think the real challenge going headless is that AM radio is not easily obtained on a computer these days. The only add in card that would pick up AM is the cadet board and it only works on an ISA slot.
I don't know what everyone else uses.Originally Posted by Nitroman15
I plan on going with a 4-channel amp. You can also get a 4+1 amp to drive L/R front/rear plus a sub.
This is assuming you're going to be using 4+1 output from your soundcard from the PC. If you're going straight stereo, then a headunit might be the better option. Any decent sound card will have at least 4-channel sound capability.