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    Factory Amp & Speakers w/ Carputer?

    Is this possible? I'm in the planning stages of my carputer and I do not want to use a headunit. I would like to pc to run everything, but I didnt know if it is at all possible to run to go from the soundcard to the amp. Or even it there is some type of crossover.

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    yes it's possible. all depends on your car, your budget and your determination it would probably make your life a WHOLE lot easier if you swap out the factory amp for an aftermarket one unless there are other considerations I don't know about due to your specific car.

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    Dont know if this helps, but the car is a dodge magnum with the boston acoustics 6 speaker setup.

    What would I need to look determine what I need to make the factory amp work in the mean time?

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    First step I guess would be to determine the type of signal going from the HU to the stock amp. Is it low level (non-amplified, low voltage), high level (amplified, higher voltage)? Single-ended or differential-balanced type signal? These aren't things I know how to easily determine, but I know how to handle each if you can figure them out.

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    My friend has a new Charger and I was doing some research on this the other day. The headunit and amp go hand in hand. The amp controls the volume when connected to the headunit. If you disconnect the amp the head unit will know and then it will control the volume itself. Without doing loads of testing and research I don't think you are going to get the factory amp to work with a carputer if you remove the head unit. If you keep the head unit, you'll have to check the charger/magnum/300 forums to see if anyone has gotten aux-input into the factory system. However, the easiest solution is to just buy a cheap amplifier to go with your carputer and scrap the entire factory system. You can upgrade the speakers later to get better sound out of the new amp.

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    Wow that seems like a PITA to try to use the factory amp. You guys have any suggestions on budget friendly amps that would work with sound cards, and what sound cards are good to use.

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    I'm selling a complete sound system in the classifieds section of this forum for $500. That's amps, speakers, and subs. These would blow away your stock system and make the install very simple. Even if you don't want a complete system, you can always find used quality amps for cheap...just look around the forums.
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