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    ARGH! Where do I put the opus?

    So i had decided on the opus 90 and a morex 2699 case (since it would fit)..

    ANd then i discovered that the drivers seat in a scion xb has the jack under it, so that case is too big! ARGH..

    So I think i have to do an external power supply running to a small(ish) casetronic case.. probably a c134 if i can get away with it..

    Assuming i go with the opus 150 (yeah it's way more power than i need, but since i'm already dumping all this money into this I figure i'll get room to grow), How do i run the power to everything?

    I see the atx extension cable for sale here, but it's only 13 inches long..I'm talking about needing 5+ feet, which i didn't find records of when searching..

    Any suggestions on how to power a very small case with an opus?

    I'd like to stick with an opus because i want to minimize risks.. but i'm willing to consider alternatives..

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    Can't you cut the wires on the 13 inch extension and solder 4 more feet of wire onto it?
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    True, true.. I guess I would end up running a normal power connection and ATX connection via a homeade cable X number of feet..
    Any suggestions on constructing such a thing? (gauge of wire/etc?)

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    Lord Pall,

    You may want to consider the CarNetix p1260. It is designed specifically to go in front of the Morex 36XX-type (or Travla C134-type) cases and provides a startup/shutdown, remote audio amp enable, pulse-start, etc. It would be a very cost effective solution for you.

    The MP3Car.com store will have them in stock soon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord_Pall
    True, true.. I guess I would end up running a normal power connection and ATX connection via a homeade cable X number of feet..
    Any suggestions on constructing such a thing? (gauge of wire/etc?)

    You will inccur some power loss running a ATX cable that length of space. now will it be alot or a little I couldn't tell you. But antoher the to factor in is the increased noise of running power cables that long ....

    In other words I wouldnt recommend it.


    Now indeed I do not know the specifics of your situation, but I would try my hardest to look into an alternative..... try to keep the Power supply with the case

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    Gotcha..

    So my options become:

    Carnetix or opus 90w..

    I'm not clear how much power the carnetix can push or how it interfaces with the existing case power supplies..

    I'm looking to run:

    Epia mII1200000
    512 megs of ram
    Pci or usb sound card with optical in (undecided)
    Hardrive (2.5" or 3.5 if i can get away with it, probably the small one)
    Xenarc 7" lcd

    Slimline dvd either in-case, or if possible, in-dash with power/usb cables running to it..

    GPS
    Bluetooth someday
    ODB2 someday


    This stuff seems like it would be pushing it with a 60 watt ps..

    So i'm left with the question of:

    Random box with opus 90 watt

    Some sort of travla case with a carnetix

    Other alternative that I'm not clear on...


    ANy suggestions?

    Is the carnetix comparable in terms of stability to the opus ps's?

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    I'm looking to run:
    Here's a matrix of some measurements I've made on my system components. The HDD will be your big decision point. Mine is a laptop (2.5") drive which draws very little current. 3.5"HDDs tend to be much more power hungry. Your case will also affect your HDD decision (ie..will it fit).

    Also, if your soundcard is:

    1) PCI - this will affect your case decision (C134 won't hold a PCI internally. Others will)

    2) USB (Audigy 2NX) you will be faced with needing +5V @ 3 Amps. This could push you towards the upcoming P1280.

    Some sort of travla case with a carnetix
    Or Morex 26XX or 36XX cases...

    Is the carnetix comparable in terms of stability to the opus ps's?
    The P1260 has been in the field since May of this year with only one known failure (the fan had been disconnected). Feel free to ask for opinions of other P1260 users. There are many on this forum.

    I hope this is helpful...!
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    So last few questions..

    1. How much are the carnetix's? Can i get one soon?

    2. How big are they and where do they go? Do they go in-case? Do they go near the case?


    Any ETA on the 1280? I love the c134, but kinda want optical in to run the xm direct.. That's going to have the 5/7.5 switched output, correct?

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    How much are the carnetix's? Can i get one soon?
    Zip-Lock will have them by the end of this week or early next. The list price for the P1260 is $84.95.
    How big are they and where do they go? Do they go in-case? Do they go near the case?
    The typically go near the case, although some have mounted internally when there's plenty of room. The Travla C134 will not accomodate it internally. The P1260 has its own case and fan. It measures 3.8" x 3.0" x 1.6". It's not really recommended that you remove it without know a lot about heat transfer and design.
    Any ETA on the 1280?
    It's in early production now. I'm testing the pilot units as we speak. ETA probably early Jan.
    but kinda want optical in to run the xm direct.. That's going to have the 5/7.5 switched output, correct
    I don't have a good answer here. The Audigy 2NX has an optical in, but I'm not sure if it can be used for anything but recording. Perhaps others can help answer this...
    MikeH

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    Well crud..

    So i think i'm back to where i started..

    Optical in is pretty important.. Theoretically I could wait until January for the 1280, but I'm pretty impatient.. Heh

    The only cases that contain the morex PSU that the carnetix 1260 runs that can support a pci soundcard are the 2699 and their ilk. These are a little too big to actually put under the seat..

    However, using the opus 150 in a similiar fashion to the Carnetix unit, and simply mounting it very close to the computer casing seems quite feasible.. That way I can use the casetronic c138 (which is the right dimensions..

    Do i run into the same interference and noise problems if the PSU is a few inches away from the case? Or is that acceptable?

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