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holmsn
2008-01-12, 07:59
With an impending company car change I've been wondering about the all important audio system in the new one. In the past it's been the ripping out of factory radio and fitting some sort of after market radio complete with autochange ( the last one doing MP3 tracks as well ). I did think of mounting an SB3 unit in some sort of cradle on the dash figuring that it would look like a sat-nav display if spotted by police, but of course would have to be hidden from view when leaving the vehicle and thus also risk a thief breaking in seeing the empty cradle. In the UK sat-nav theft is quite common, I've heard.
With the Receiver unit though you could discreetly hide it behind the dash with perhaps a light-pipe for the Status led on display.
The Controller could sit in a cradle like an iPod or phone and any passing felon would not normally expect to find the aforementioned portable devices left hidden in the vehicle when the cradle is empty.If a wired connection to the radio ( the Pre amp in) is not possible then maybe an FM modulator, this also opens up the possibly of putting song title info modulated on RDS (Radio Data) so the radio itself can display the information.

Kevin Lepard
2008-01-12, 09:29
Where are you going to put the computer with the server software on
it? I think that's going to be the bigger problem.

You might want to consider something with good iPod integration.
Harman Kardon makes some nice products (I use their 1st gen Drive &
Play and it's pretty good). Alpine and--I believe--Clarion have
pretty well integrated displays and controls, too. I like the fact
that the Harman Kardon controller knob & display can be mounted where
I can see and use them without really having to look away from the road.

If you're going to have an onboard computer that you can load with
slimserver and your music that'd be different.

Kevin

On Jan 12, 2008, at 06:59 , holmsn wrote:

>
> With an impending company car change I've been wondering about the all
> important audio system in the new one. In the past it's been the
> ripping out of factory radio and fitting some sort of after market
> radio complete with autochange ( the last one doing MP3 tracks as well
> ). I did think of mounting an SB3 unit in some sort of cradle on the
> dash figuring that it would look like a sat-nav display if spotted by
> police, but of course would have to be hidden from view when leaving
> the vehicle and thus also risk a thief breaking in seeing the empty
> cradle. In the UK sat-nav theft is quite common, I've heard.
> With the Receiver unit though you could discreetly hide it behind the
> dash with perhaps a light-pipe for the Status led on display.
> The Controller could sit in a cradle like an iPod or phone and any
> passing felon would not normally expect to find the aforementioned
> portable devices left hidden in the vehicle when the cradle is
> empty.If
> a wired connection to the radio ( the Pre amp in) is not possible then
> maybe an FM modulator, this also opens up the possibly of putting song
> title info modulated on RDS (Radio Data) so the radio itself can
> display the information.
>
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holmsn
2008-01-12, 09:58
I've got a Buffalo Linkstation which with a lot of effort with Linux and Perl scripting ,I managed to get Slimserver 6.2 on a couple of years back.Has a mains input but could easily be fed from vehicle supply via converter, in fact mains inverters (from 12V)are so cheap these days and the the LS takes <20W you could use one of these instead. No Wi-Fi on this though so the Receiver and the server would need connecting by CAT5 , if a FM modulator was use this could be hidden anywhere in the car. If the LS is not powerful enough, there are alternatives like Micro ATX boards running a low power processor with Linux or Windows

Neil

funkstar
2008-01-12, 10:13
I've got a Buffalo Linkstation which with a lot of effort with Linux and Perl scripting ,I managed to get Slimserver 6.2 on a couple of years back.
Remember you will need SqueezeCenter 7 to use the Remote and Reciever.

holmsn
2008-01-12, 10:25
I was just thinking that, AFTER I posted ! so may be no Linkstation but the sort of thing here:http://www.mini-itx.com/store/
Neil

funkstar
2008-01-12, 10:31
Yeah, you can do some really funky things with the CarPC cases and power supplies for miniITX systems.

Another place to look is http://www.linitx.com/

I'd really recommend using a 2.5" laptop drive in your system if you go that route. Far more robust for this kind of situation.

(also a Neil :) )

bpa
2008-01-12, 10:41
More hobbyist and ARM based - gumstix

www.gumstix.com

4mula1
2008-01-12, 12:11
With the Controller having an aux port on the bottom that has audio in, audio out, usb, serial, and charging plus support for SD cards (SDHC even), it might not be too far down the road that you would just load the controller with some music and plug it into your car. No mobile PC needed. We'll just have to see how fast the software evolves for it.

funkstar
2008-01-12, 12:37
Shame it doesn't have BlueTooth for stereo audio transmition, could use that with my head unit :)

aubuti
2008-01-12, 20:45
I was just thinking that, AFTER I posted ! so may be no Linkstation but the sort of thing here:http://www.mini-itx.com/store/
Neil
A mini-itx will give you better performance than a LinkStation, but depending on your LS model, SC7 could run just fine. I've been running SC7 on an LS HG model with the Jive controller for 3-4 months, and it works fine.

pfarrell
2008-01-12, 20:59
aubuti wrote:
> A mini-itx will give you better performance than a LinkStation, but
> depending on your LS model, SC7 could run just fine. I've been running
> SC7 on an LS HG model with the Jive controller for 3-4 months, and it
> works fine.

At CES (are reported by Engadet) there is a vendor showing off a 750+ GB
flash disk in a 2.5" notebook form factor. Just the thing to put in your
car's ITX system, no moving parts to break.

--
Pat Farrell
http://www.pfarrell.com/

gorman
2008-01-14, 03:19
Well, apart for the most demanding car-audio enthusiast, I guess one could easily get away with Lame APS or Vorbis Q5/6 encodes and still get optimal sound quality in their cars.

This would lead to an all solid state solution becoming very viable in the near future.

And... I think I wet myself in anticipation! ;)