I read about the problem with NewQ's automatically shutting themselves off, but so far have not had a problem. Mine is setup so that I have to have the volume probably to about 20 before I even hear anything, so I don't often have the volume below 10. What happens when it shuts itself off? Do you just have to push the source button to turn it on again? I'll have to try setting the volume low and see what happens.
As for my power setup, I'm just using a 350W inverter to power the PC and the screen. I was going to get a DC-DC power supply, because I've read about all of the headaces with inverters, but the inverter has worked pretty good for me. I do get a buzz from the power supply, we even opened the power supply and removed some filters which reduced the buzz but it's still there a little. There is no buzz from the speakers which is what I was mostly concerned about. My Jeep isn't exactly a quiet ride, a little buzz from the psu really doesn't get heard once the Jeep is running.
The inverter wasn't very expensive so I just went for it, if I had major problems I was going to go for something like the opus power supply.
I've also got the bios setup so that the PC powers up as soon as it has power, and I've got a switch on the dash that powers the inverter. Just fire up the inverter and the PC starts to boot.
Hope that helps a bit :)
Thanks for the outline on your power. Reguarding the buzz of inverter I have been doing some reading up on M-Audio's usb sound cards. They have a new one that has full 5.1 Dolby with USB 2.0. I would go for it if my HU supported the Dolby input. I will probably go for their standard usb sound card, the Sonica or an Extigy if I can find one for cheaper.
I have 2 NewQ's I have the internal unit that goes in a bay and the external unit that sits on your desk. Both of them will turn off completely after about 20 minutes of no sound going through them. They mute after only 15 seconds of quiet noise. So often times when I am watching a slow paced movie with soft background music like Crouching Tiger the sound will go off and I will be sitting there wondering what happened. I have to trigger some other windows sound to wake the unit back up. But I guess for car uses where you are mainly playing music and videos, it wouldn't be that big a deal.
Again great job, you crammed a lot of good hardware into a car not known for its roomy interior. That screen is beautiful, what is the nits on it? I am about 75% there on my Jeep Cherokee install and there ain't much space.
According to the specs on Elotouch's website , it is 285 nits, with a 450:1 contrast ratio.
It's perfectly viewable in daylight, my hardtop has basically 4 glass panels up top and all around, so if its sunny out, there's sun on the screen. It's way too bright at night, I just saw a utility on these boards that someone's written to quickly adjust brightness on the fly. I'm definately going to have to try that.
Still no problems to report with the NewQ. I guess I never have it quiet enough for it to go to sleep..
Thanks for the comments. :)