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    Quote Originally Posted by malcom2073 View Post
    Visteons are starting to go up in price as they get more and more rare (they stopped making them a while back). That, plus all the normal noise issues with using a line-in and driver issues with cheaper usb sound cards... yada yada.

    Yeah you could probably do it cheaper, just like you can build a carpc for $50, or for $300. It's a matter of quality, and ease of use. I'm a huge fan of the boomzbox, having used both methods (Visteon + USB and boomzbox) I can tell you that the boomzbox is well worth the investment.
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    I have, but do not yet use, an Silabs USB FM stick. Works okay on the bench. Custom added a coaxial antenna wire + connector for use in the car. Unfortunately this little unit is not HD and I figure there will be little-to-no support for it.

    I am finding it hard to find any reasonable priced Visteon. I may just consider the Boomzbox if and when funds permit.

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    it seems the mp3car boomzbox is the better of the two then?

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    Quality-wise, yea it is...you get what you pay for.

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    thanks, i was thinking about getting this since it came out, but didnt cause streetdeck 2 didnt support it. man i wish streetdeck worked the way it was suppose to. it a good program that needs a lot of work. You think the nav of sd2 is better then the gmpc

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    Quote Originally Posted by justchat_1 View Post
    Quality-wise, yea it is...you get what you pay for.
    so true

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    I just get tired of wasting money on all these frontends which all end in the same fate, dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by customaudioman View Post
    You think the nav of sd2 is better then the gmpc
    Potentially yea....as implemented no. The SDK its based off of is probably the best in the industry...full support for 3D, satellite and weather overlays, floating POI indicators, etc. The problem was that sd2 never bought a POI database (just maps), it just created its own which was severely lacking (has about 1/4-1/8 of the POIs that GMPC has). On top of that, there are never fixed bugs in its routing engine that can sometimes take you on a route 2-3x longer then it should whenever you cross state lines. Given the significant initial investment, I can't understand why he abandoned development but thats a question for another thread lol

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