MY CAR AUDIO MP3
I don't have this car anymore, and there are finally cheap portable devices with gigs of storage available now that do exactly what I want.
So this page is only here for the sake of whatever ....
Bought a sweet 99 Grand Cherokee Limited with every option under the sun and its stereo system is too sweet to mess with except for adding some subs in the back.
My notebook now sits on my stereo in the house.
This is my solution until some Car Audio companies get off their lazy
!@#%&$ and make me a nice Car Deck with the features I want.
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|I am finally listening to MP3's in my car and I must say it is sweet.|
of all.. RIO's, MPMAN'S, NOMAD'S.. They just don't have the storage capacity needed for a
car based MP3 system. I wanted 1000's of songs at my disposal and I needed a solution. I
started researching this last month and noticed some people were actually building entire
computers into their car. Bunch of psychos, but what they were doing was cool and I was
getting excited. I came very close to doing the same thing and someday I may still. Check
out this web site for more information. www.carmp3.com
Very cool stuff for sure....
then I started thinking about it and decided that an Ultra Mini Laptop computer with
enough power to play MP3's would be kick ass and much less permanent. So, I started
looking and found just what I was looking for. The Mitsubishi AMiTY CN1 sparked my
interest because it was pretty cheap at $650.00 and had just the right
features to do what I needed and it looked cool too. It was super high end
in 1997 and sold for $ 2000.00 back then. The thing you gotta understand is that
this thing is tiny..just a little longer than my hand. There is no reason
to put it in the back of the car as some people have suggested to me.
|Heres what I changed or added.
32 meg more memory $59.00 Viking Memory much cheaper than $179.00 for Transcend
MicroCD 24X PCMCIA CD-ROM (powered by the card slot) $179.00 this thing is sweat.
Linksys PCMCIA Ethernet Card $49.95 on sale at Staples. Yeah $49.95.. frigin cheap for laptop network card. Small 50 Watt DC-AC Power Inverter at Sam's Club for $12.95. works great.
Originally I installed Win98 and Fat32 for the extra space.
I wanted Windows98 because I wanted this to be low effort to deal with and Windows98 has great Laptop support in general. I also wanted certain other abilities and I just had to have the newest software installed. I eventually put Win95 OSR2 back on cause it was booting up really slow every every once in a while and pissing me off. "Go figure"... I just said the hell with it and formatted the dam thing back to OSR2 though I still made it FAT32 and it is running very fast now and boots quicker.
I Installed Winamp with a cool skin call Advanced and a Plugin that
worked well with limited Laptop speed. I choose Winamp because of its excellent Plugin
support and because it supports so many audio formats and just because its the Standard
and when new formats come out I'm covered. I have some other MP3 players installed but I
mostly use Winamp.
|How did I hook this to the car ?
Well this part was easy. I got a good looking black (A-B) RCA SWITCH from Radio Shack and
where my CD Changer RCA's plugged into the back of my Sony Deck I have the (A-B) Switch plugged in. Then when I play CD's I can toggle the switch to the laptop input or the CD Changer and it works great. In case your wondering when it it changing CD's and tracks the audio still feeds into the system from the laptop without any interruptions. I was worried about that, but it turned out to work exactly the way I needed it to.
SONY MINIDISK DECK with 10 disk CD-Changer
Alpine 3342 11 Band Graphical EQ with Sonic Maximizer and Surround Sound Processor.
ORION 275SX AMP (75 RMS x 2)
PHOENIX GOLD AMP (40 RMS X 4) ( I don't remember the Model Number right now)
Custom Box with 2 JL Audio 10 inch woofers
1 Farad Cap
Bunch of other crap.
Hope this helps some of you other freaks out there !
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