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Old 10th April 2007, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Good head unit without built in amp

Is there a good head unit without built in amplifier and animated dolphins?

I have just bought a car and is currently planning some kind of audio system for it. Nothing too insane but i want it to sound reasonably good. I had planned to use a Dell X51v together with a compact flash to usb converter and an external USB hard drive. However this may not be such a good idea. The disk access from the USB drive will be very CPU heavy since the converter cannot use DMA. I had hoped I could use the PDA for both navigation and music/movies.

Are there any reasonably priced head units without all the extra cwap?
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Old 10th April 2007, 02:04 PM   #2
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clarion 9255...hx-d1...hx-d2

im pretty sure these are mutes, not 100% sure though.
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Old 11th April 2007, 04:32 AM   #3
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WOW! That 9255 looks really nice but i think it might be abit too expensive. I have also found Becker units but they are also not exactly what I am looking for. I still lean towards the Dell PDA as long as I can get everything to work ok. I will keep looking. Thanks for the clarion tip.
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Old 11th April 2007, 05:15 AM   #4
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if youngo with the pda, id really suggest using it with a pre amplifier(eq) with a built in line driver...the pda will have a pretty low output voltage...you may want to boost it a bit.
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Old 11th April 2007, 09:09 AM   #5
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I was thinking about maybe go with interstage transformers to isolate it completely and also to amplify signal level.
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Old 11th April 2007, 03:25 PM   #6
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hmmm..sounds complicated, but if you can get it to work..go for it!
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Old 24th April 2007, 01:09 AM   #7
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alpine 7949. none of the extras, all of the bling. to bad the damn thing will not play cdrs.
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Old 8th June 2007, 06:56 AM   #8
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why do you want animated dolphins? freaking ugly IMO. eclipse 8053, clarion drz9255 and alpine 7998.
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Old 8th June 2007, 08:43 AM   #9
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Alpine 7998 is a good one.. But I m pretty sure it doesn't have a built in amp. If I were you I will upgrade my front speakers as first priority.
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Old 8th June 2007, 08:57 AM   #10
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Just a point of consideration - all these ampless headunits are going to be far, far better quality sound than the mediocre sound capability of a PDA.
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