1999 Buick Regal LS CarPC install
Well since I have yet to put up any good pictures of my current installment, here goes! :D
It's 100% done by myself and my friend and is about 3 years of research, development, and trial/error. It's been great and I don't see myself going back to a head unit at any time in the near future. Too much customization available with this setup.
I'm using a Pentium 4 1.8GHz computer as my control unit. The Sound Blaster Live card coupled with Kx drivers gives me full processing control over the music and output signals. Right now I'm running my setup all active, with the exception of the passive crossovers for the front component set. I've also ordered some PG RSD's to take the place of the 5.25" set I have in now. We spent 3 hours modifying my doors last night to make the extra size speakers fit. I'll take pics of that once the RSD's are in.
Powering the comps and the subs right now is the Visonik V500HC. The Lightning Audio you see in the picture isn't being used anymore as I've bypassed rear fill. The amp rack, and the custom computer case were made with MDF and plexiglass. This was done to give me some usable trunk space. I'll most likely go to 1 sub in the near future and put it in a custom enclosure that goes behind the wheel well. This will give me much more usable space and be more practical as I'm more into SQ now than SPL.
For the touchscreen, I semi-molded it into the dash. I made the mistake of buying an 8" screen 3 years ago before I knew about 7" widescreens. We just installed one in my friends WRX with very little mods, and completely flush with the stock bezel. Oh well, once my screen dies, I'll grab a 7", but for now, it works. The switch panel you see controls the entire system. The green switch is the "main". It turns everything on and off. The red switch controls my amplifiers. Then the grey button is the PC power, and the 2 LED's are the power LED and HD LED for the PC.
All the wires are hidden for this and once the back seat is folded up, everything is hidden away nicely. I even installed a 4-port USB hub into the center console. When you open the center console, it's facing up, secured in, allowing connections from any other USB device. I also ran a data cable for my cell phone that allows me to connect to the internet with my CarPC. Lastly, since I missed FM radio I purchased a USB FM radio and modded it to accept a regular car antenna and installed that.
For my DSP I'm using a 10-band EQ, crossover control (4th order set at 110Hz), time alignment, and sub volume control.
And... after the book I've written, here are the pics.
It's hard to see in the pics, but the computer case actually goes through the amp rack wall. This allows me to hide all the plugs and cords in that dead space behind the amp wall (along with all my amp wires, power wires, etc.). The back of the wall is shown, along with the PC interface in the first attached pic.