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    rray,

    Fantastic job, nice to see it finished.

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    Great job so far. I'm happy to hear you're almost done.
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    Great job!
    I like how you said "then cut it out with the laser cutter" Like, doesn't everyone have a laser cutter?

    I don't think I saw it in the thread...what did you end up with for boot time?

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    haha! Everyone seems to have a special tool in their garage that makes some part of their projects go smoothly.

    My old neighbor across (sadly he passed away this spring) the street had a full autoshop in his back yard with hydrolic car lift, overhead sliding engine hoists, and every tool you can imagine for working on cars. My new nextdoor neighbor has everything you would need to build a house or apartment complex. Table Saws, Chop Saws, Bullet Powered Nail Guns, Air Compressor and Air Tools, etc.

    I have an audio enthusiast co-worker who has o-scopes, spectrum analyzers, signal generators, and everything you would need to build, tune, and repair a home audio/visual theater.

    I just happen to have a 30W CO2 Laser Cutter, Decal Printer, Color Laser Printer, and a everything you would need to make Model Train, Model Ship, and Model Airplane Laser Kits. When I was out of work from my normal career, I bought that stuff to cut architectural models, and then got a contract making OEM kits for the Hobby Industry.

    It's pretty handy for cutting wood and plastic, making engraved signs, etching anodized aluminum plaques, etc.

    As far as boot times go, the windows part was about 10 seconds before I loaded all the drivers and stuff, but now it takes a full 70 seconds till audio is playing in the Front End. I might be able to optimize it some.



    I started on the mounting hardware this weekend. I had to grind down the Metra mounting face to both slide over the case, and leave a flat ring face for gluing bezel ring standoffs. Used threadlock on bolts for mounting so they don't vibrate loose and fall inside:



    The initial test fit before all the wires were connected looked good...



    But as is most projects, there is disaster awaiting at the next step. After connecting all the wires and cables, I fail the test fit miserably:



    I pulled it all out, and figure I can gain 2cm depth if I make the cuts highlighted in this shot, however I don't have any tools that can reach back there. I'm going to cruze around the hood and look for a gear head working in his garage, then flag him down with a 20, and a 4D, and see if he can make those cuts with an air grinder or something. Too bad my neighbor across the street passed, he would love this project!



    Meanwhile, before I disconnect everything, I want to confirm sound is working, so I did a sound test. It worked it sounds awesome! That ODAC had good line level output, there is no engine noise, it's so clean, I cannot believe it!




    Initial sound test here. If you got good computer speakers, take a listen. I was surprised the phone records such clean sound in it's video, but warning, I'm a goof at making videos and fumbled at touchscreen navigation:

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    You got a nice install going there, I'm really impressed with everything that you've integrated!
    I've been following your thread for a while and I even picked up a few of the items that you've used like the ODAC and it sure sounds good! So thanks for the heads up on that one.

    I see that you're using a JBL MS-8 instead of a headunit how is that working out? Do you have to do audio adjustments via the external display for it? What kind of adjustments can you do?

    Btw: We're having more or less the same taste in music; I love Sins of thy beloved too as well as Sirenia and Tristania. They're all bands from Norway, there's quite a few other's that's really good as well. One that you might want to check out is Trail of tears.
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    I had the Foryou Adayo AN6B01 Android 2.2 based head unit, it it sounded terrible compared to the stock head unit. It had terrible hiss, so I set EQ flat, and only use Front Left and Front Right outputs into the MS-8. The JBL MS-8 cleaned up the sound and created a proper time aligned sound stage, and let me adjust proper crossovers.

    You should research the JBL MS-8 if interested, there is so much information out there. It's of the top 3 popular sound processors with Rockford Fosgate 3.Sixty.3 and Audison Bit One. I chose MS-8 because of automatic time alignment and tuning, but now that I have a windows head unit, I am thinking of getting the RF 3.Sixty.3 as it needs windows pc to tune.

    The MS-8 made the Adayo sound good, but could be much better, so I researched DAC's, and found the ODAC at a good price for high quality transparent sound. So I started building my own head unit.

    Yes I like Trail of Tears, Sirenia, and Tristinia. I like most Gothic and Symmphonic metal. Favorite band is Theatre of Tragedy, but lately getting into Closterkeller.

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    Thanks for the info rray. I got a friend that's a car stereo buff and he also recommended the Audison Bit One (although they are a bit pricey). At this point it's a bit open what I'll end up with.

    Are you going for single zone or multi zone (multiple screens / audio) setup in your car?

    Btw: You should check out Pray by Crematory it's a good album if you like Gothic metal.
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    I have Pray, and 2 other Crematory albums I bought from MP3million.com

    I have 3 friends from Norway who turned me on to several great bands there.

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    Haha Seems as I've got nothing to new to you then. At least we stated that we share the same taste in music!

    You'll find a lots of those bands on Spotify if you sign up for it.
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    I'm always looking for bands I have overlooked, so I spend too much time listening to samples on Amazon and MP3million. I have CD's on my desk that have not been opened yet! Music junky I guess.

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