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    head units and car pcs

    When you put a pc in your car with optical drive, is there still a need for a head unit? I believe I've seen them included in some of the projects I've looked at, but it seems to be as long as you can hook the pc up to the sound system and it has an optical drive, a head unit wouldn't be needed.

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    From what i've managed to pick up, it depends on a few things. Personal aesthetics can be one, but on a more practical level it's good for using the radio in-car (much more difficult in most instances to have an FM tuner inside your PC) and also for people who hook their PC sound to the car through an FM transmitter.

    As to specifically have a CD one, i'm not sure. I'm personally wondering if I'll end up ditching my pioneer mp3 after a carputer install and go for a good simple radio.

    There may be better reasons than mine though
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    Well. I am going with a head unit just incase the pc crashes. Or if you're not going to be in the car long enough to feel like taking the time to boot the pc.

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    That depends of your vision for your project, really.

    Can you go without a headunit entirely? Yes, you can. You're going to lose AM radio and likely FM radio by going without a headunit, however.
    Ultimately I will be headunit-less.
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    It is not a must, allows you to do more things and have a backup. Thing is, you will not use it very often.
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    will you necessarily lose fm radio though? would there be anything preventing me from getting fm radio through a cheap TV tuner with fm radio support?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnm
    will you necessarily lose fm radio though? would there be anything preventing me from getting fm radio through a cheap TV tuner with fm radio support?
    Only if you care about reception, which generally sucks with the currently available tuners. If you're in an area where there's ridiculously good coverage, or you don't listen to much FM (and no AM) then you're probably ok.
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    Im removing my head unit also. using a old wintvusb adapter I had laying around from a couple of years ago, which will connect to the car areal for FM and possible TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randomjohn
    Only if you care about reception, which generally sucks with the currently available tuners. If you're in an area where there's ridiculously good coverage, or you don't listen to much FM (and no AM) then you're probably ok.
    So is there no way to connect the TV tuner to the car's antenna to improve the reception to match the quality to that of a head unit?

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    Im hoping there is a way. I'll let you know if I figure it out.
    The stock head unit had 2 plugs going into it. a 2 wire one and a 20 pin one with 13 wires in it.
    I had assumed the 2 wire one was power, but it may be the areal. i'll have ot check up on this.

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