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  1. #41
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    Personally, I think Alien8 is so stuck up hi own arse that he has no idea what he's talking about.

    How can you proclaim to be an 'expert' and have tried everything?

    You spout all this cr*p about 'tape sampling' and sound-cards when I think you have not the faintest idea.

    Use HTML - it is *much* faster than Frontpage, will not get as much wrong, and your pages will come out at half the K size.

    You say all other systems are 'ghettos' but you have an inverter which will create heat and a lot of mains hum at 50 or 60Hz which you will have to filter out. You will also have more larger boxes on the boot for the PSU and inverter - hardly professional.

    And as for knocking the tape converter they are actuallt quite good quality considering. It it mostly the tape itself which has the frequency limitations, so if you use the cassette converter unit, there is no tape involved it is simply head-to-head.

    You have fitted an FM Modulator which is the WORST possible method you could think of. You will have lots of noise and the frequency range will be even worse. You will have modulation noise and then de-modulation noise as the it is converted etc..

    You will pick up engine noise and other cr*p.

    As for ethernet - no problem there. How many times do you want to copy 10MBytes in one go? I Don't know anyone with removable hard-drives. There is simply no need as there is other means of swapping giles eg. Zip Drive?

    If the unit is to be made to look professional, the last thing you want to do is have to remove the hard-drive.

    And what about shock-protection? You have not mentioned that? How will a removable caddy offer any protection at all?

    The idea of the MP3 car project is so people can use any parts they have and build quite a nice unit. Does it have to be a Ghetto simply because they didn't buy brand-new units?

    You have not mentioned software in your website either. For someone who has been thinking for a year on this project, you think *mighty slow boy*!



  2. #42
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    Can't we all just get along?

    Some of y'all are taking this FAR too seriously.

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    I agree with Mp3Ford

    This discussion is over with. Alien8 made a couple of good points. He might have ofended some of your ideas. I personally am going to use a hard drive caddy and I am going to wire my box straight to the AMP. I am not using a network becuase I dont know how to use a network. I am going to wire it to the amp becuase, I dont need a new deck my deck is good enough.

    All I am saying is that most of you should have gottn over this by now, this is getting real boring real fast

    ZyKlon X

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    I 0wn J00 All!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Actually have slaves was banned a long time ago. So unless you live in some third world country you own nobody.

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    i know this topic is old, but i just had to add something.

    am i the only one who thinks it's funny when people use the '*' when cussing? is it really that much different to say cr*p than crap? perhaps i'm not very *****ing good at self-censorship.......;-)

    no hard feelings meant....

  7. #47
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    My 2 cents

    For beginners they may not have the know h ow to configure a home network to get it to work so the best idea i think is a rewritable cd drive, then they can take whatever they want to the car and load it up in minuites (i use it)
    Also alien8,

    for $150 cdn you can buy 1000 feet of upt cat 5 100 mhz cable.

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    Alien8 'My Knowledge is to be respected' ha ha - have not laughed so much in ages!

    But seriously, the best tips for beginners (which this was meant to be about when it started) is just to look around at as many different peoples sites and get ans many different ideas from al of the varied setups (as you will be hard pushed to find any that are identical) and then make your own mind up.

    Only YOU know what you want and how much you have to spend. By looking at other peoples designs from the expensive and professional to the 'chucked in a box' design - there will be ideas from every one.

    But just remember, MP3's are NOT CD quality so you don't HAVE to spend out and buy the most expensive of everything - it's entirely down to your choice.

    I thank you. Respect. Bo.

  9. #49
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    If Alien8 was as smart as he says hed be making enough money to build a truly professional system. The truth is that hardly anybody can afford to do it the best way possible either on the engineering, audio, or electrical side of it so you take the money you got and choose your priorities. different people have different levels of good enough. If there was really one best way the hundreds of auto mp3 enthusiasts would be using it. I could say my system is way better than yours but im probably spending 4x as much or more and nobody really cares whether im using wireless LAN or ethernet etc in the spirit of the forum heres my tips:
    -plan on spending a lot more than budgeted
    -make sure what you are doing will work and not fry your hard work when you start it up
    -review all your options and choose the best for your application(use others' websites and learn from their experiences
    -dont skimp on the very important aspects if you can avoid it
    lrm



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    I'm a newbe to the MP3car scene, but I do know this. For some time, I've watched many hardworking individuals take old computer parts and craft them into works of art producing sound and light at a fraction of the cost of "commercial" mp3 equipment. Each system is designed to the individual's tastes and requirements. For me, a simple MP3 player, using a Gateway P100 motherboard, win98, winamp set for random play, housed in a custom case with no lcds or video or inputs, a pure music box running through aux on the headunit that I turn off and on with a flick of a switch.

    It's a simple system concept and because I drive a lot for my job, my needs are for simplicity and durability and an escape from radio wastland filled with never ending commericals. What I want and what I can afford are two different things... so if a tape adapter must be used because I can't afford to upgrade my head-unit right away, so be it. If a pull the system and upload songs by floppy drive then reinstall it to update the play list, so be it. Your system works for you, mine will work for me.

    My stuff is free, old computer parts in the garage that will be crafted into a working mp3 store-house with no eye candy. My little Nissan pickup won't hold much more and my budget doesn't allow for more.

    For Alien8 to assert that his experiences in any way, shape, or form, are the only way or best way newbies can do a system is just his own personal opinion. I see the whole concept of having fun while building something totally unique to each of our own tastes being slammed as inferior. Your tips for beginners are good, but may not work for everyone's vehicle, budget, or taste. Sorry Alien8, my opinion is that you need to grow up and cut people some slack...and that's the beauty of a forum atmosphere...we all can agree to disagree...

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