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    2006 Forester XT

    Welcome to the work log of my 2006 Subaru Forester 2.5XT! I hope you find it educational.


    Summary of Car Entertainment System
    The A/V sources of this system include a CarPC (more on that later), an Alpine DVA-9861 DVD Head Unit, and a Game Console Wall Plate which allows any video game console to be connected. These are viewed on a touchscreen monitor and two headrest monitors, each with their own infrared headphones. The monitors and headphones get their inputs from a Clarion MSS-430 multi-zone source selector (additionally, the touchscreen monitor is connected directly to the computer with a VGA signal). The source selector has four A/V inputs (Head Unit, Computer, Game Console, and Backup Camera). This allows each monitor to independently select between the three A/V sources (the Backup Camera has not yet been installed).

    Each A/V source also provides analog and/or digital audio to an Alpine PXA-H701 sound processor. This sound processor is controlled by another head unit, the Alpine RUX-C701. This allows the vehicle sound system to select any audio source. Digital audio ensures the best quality audio signal. The preamp outputs from the sound processor are fed into a Phoenix Gold R9.0:5 5-channel amplifier. This powers the Boston Acoustics SX60 component speakers in front, SX55 coaxial speakers in back, and an 8" Kicker Solobaric subwoofer in the trunk.

    The computer uses a Core Duo processor and an Aopen i945GTt motherboard. It has an 80GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive, with 2GB of DDR2 RAM. I use a modified Ampie case with a fan controller and extra cooling. The computer is powered by a CarNetix P2140 DC Regulator. The regulator is also used to power two USB hubs and an Airlink AR360W3G 3G Mobile Router. This mobile router allows me to use my laptop cellular card to have constant internet access, as well as create a "mobile hotspot" in and around my car.


    Current Diagram:



    Completed:

    Installed Headrest Monitors:


    Created Subwoofer Enclosure:


    Dynamat (RAAMmat) Trunk:


    Dynamat (RAAMmat) Floor:


    Dynamat (RAAMmat) Rear Hatch:


    Dynamat (RAAMmat) Doors:


    Create Recessed Floor in Trunk for Components:


    Installed Shelf for Trunk Components:


    Installed Kicker Solobaric Subwoofer:


    Installed Boston Acoustics Speakers:


    Installed Touchscreen Monitor:


    Installed Front Shelf Components


    Wired Up:


    ...and Ready to Go!



    To Do:
    • Configure Computer Software (User Interface, Navigation, etc)
    • Install Subwoofer Back-Plate
    • Mount Front Seat A/V Remote to Storage Compartment Lid
    • Mount Back Seat A/V Remotes to Armrest
    • Neon Lights on Amplifier
    • Wire and Mount DVD+-RW
    • Flush-mount Lilliput Buttons
    • Inverter Kill Switch (or Use ACC for Inverter On)
    • Ground Inverter Game Plate
    • Headphone Solution for Front Seat
    • Backup Camera

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    have you thought about getting a 12v regulated soruce for the screen etc? if your running a decent audio setup the voltage will fluxate and the screen is not designed to really handle this.
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    Yes, I have given a little bit of thought to regulating the power. I haven't determined how to do it yet, but I know that I will have to. I will do more research as the time gets closer. I am taking it one step at a time. I'll post my findings here.

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    If your looking for just 12v regulated
    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=60

    thats how im doing mine

    this one
    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...roducts_id=124
    also provides 5volts so it can power usb devices or usb hubs
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    Kill two birds with one stone and get a good DC-DC power supply. I run tons of equipment off my Opus 150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppgt94
    Kill two birds with one stone and get a good DC-DC power supply. I run tons of equipment off my Opus 150.
    Do you think this will power everything of mine? (Computer, 3 x 7" LCD's, Playstation 2, Audigy NX, USB Hub, TV Tuner)

    I could at least power the computer, USB Hub, Audigy NX, and TV tuner off of it. Then I could get a seperate voltage regulator for the 3 LCD's, and I might just get a power inverter for the Playstation (that way I could switch to an XBox or Gamecube at any point )

    BTW.... Transflective Touchscreen now available for preorder!!! I just ordered mine!

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    that all depends on your computer setup. there a few FAQs about this
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    Quote Originally Posted by vihila
    Do you think this will power everything of mine? (Computer, 3 x 7" LCD's, Playstation 2, Audigy NX, USB Hub, TV Tuner)

    I could at least power the computer, USB Hub, Audigy NX, and TV tuner off of it. Then I could get a seperate voltage regulator for the 3 LCD's, and I might just get a power inverter for the Playstation (that way I could switch to an XBox or Gamecube at any point )

    BTW.... Transflective Touchscreen now available for preorder!!! I just ordered mine!
    I don't know about 3 LCD's but it will should run everything else fine (+ at least one LCD). Just for reference, here's what I'm currently running with the Opus 150. This is just off the top of my head;

    Full-sized Intel ATX mobo
    Two 92mm fans
    P3 866
    2 x 256MB PC133 modules
    60GB 7200RPM 3.5" IDE HDD
    LITE-ON 4x DVD-RW
    Turtle Beach SantaCruz PCI soundcard
    Netgear 802.11g PCI wNIC
    2 USB ports on mobo (full)
    3-port PCI USB 2.0 Card (full)
    4-port USB hub (powered from 5v off Opus) (full)
    Xenarc 7" VGA LCD
    Slimline slot-load DVD/CD-RW drive.

    I'm too lazy to list all 9 USB devices but most use all of their 500mA per-port. I've never officiall added the wattage up but I'd bet I'm close to the max. I've never had any problems with overloading (knocks on wood) in the four years I've had the Opus. There is a higher wattage DC availale PSU, like the 220w DSATX. Just guesing, going by my experience, 220w should be able to handle your three 7" LCD's and most PC setups.

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    Wow, thanks ppgt,

    That is exactly the sort of info I was looking for. A real world example! I think I am going to put the 3 LCD's on their own regulator anyways. The Opus 150 should be more than enough for my Core Duo setup with all its accessories.

    I'm going to research some more to see what options I have for the LCDs

    Thanks again

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    Stock Pics

    Well, before I begin with the modifications, I thought I would post some pictures of the stock car. Enjoy!





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