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optimusprime
08-24-2011, 11:07 AM
i keep looking at all these head units and cant seem to find one i like. so heres what im thinking ... if i buy an eq and just use a laptop or mp3 player or a smartphone to provide sound input to that. do you think there would be a drastic drop in sound quality?

09civic
08-24-2011, 11:10 AM
what are you looking for out of your head unit that you can't seem to find?

optimusprime
08-24-2011, 11:15 AM
they just all seem to lack the functionality i am looking for. i want something that has high and low pass filters usb in with a good file navigation system and the ability to recognize at least a 500 gb hard drive self dimming lights and am/fm radio. all with out having a motorized screen.

mast240
08-24-2011, 11:20 AM
it can be done right... same basic principle i use when doing android tablet/ipad installs... had a few, where the owners didnt want any HU at all.. the one thing you have to understand tho, is that alot of eq's have a low pre voltage... so your clipping point will be lower

optimusprime
08-24-2011, 11:27 AM
so keep the volume down on the input device or use some kind of line level converter?

09civic
08-24-2011, 11:29 AM
your wanting the perfect hu

mast240
08-24-2011, 11:35 AM
so keep the volume down on the input device or use some kind of line level converter?

depends on the set up you want to run... an 6 or 7 channel eq is best... and you can run a pac line level converter... will work well

optimusprime
08-24-2011, 11:44 AM
so 3.5>pac line level converter>EQ>amps

mast240
08-24-2011, 11:46 AM
so 3.5>pac line level converter>EQ>amps

depends... some eq's have a level converter built in... but if not... then yes

optimusprime
08-24-2011, 11:48 AM
well i guess im done looking for a head unit then haha

DDtC
08-24-2011, 11:51 AM
Here is mine, I think it will suit your needs

Amazon.com: Alpine IXA-W404: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/Alpine-IXA-W404/dp/B004E5J4KO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314201018&sr=8-1)

optimusprime
08-24-2011, 12:05 PM
it would have to be single din unless i made some major modifications

DDtC
08-24-2011, 12:09 PM
I think they have a single din version.. Ill look

DDtC
08-24-2011, 12:13 PM
Amazon.com: Alpine IDA-X303 - Radio / digital player - Full-DIN - in-dash - 45 Watts x 4: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/Alpine-IDA-X303-digital-Full-DIN--dash/dp/B001S2YUJG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1314202247&sr=8-2)

Kangaroux
08-24-2011, 12:26 PM
Alpine IDA series is what you need...works amazing if you want great ipod navigation and control and it comes with a lot of the bells and whistles.

optimusprime
08-24-2011, 12:29 PM
not an ipod fan really if i use an mp3 player it will most likely be an android phone. also i was looking more for navigation of an external hard drive.

mast240
08-24-2011, 02:08 PM
not an ipod fan really if i use an mp3 player it will most likely be an android phone. also i was looking more for navigation of an external hard drive.

why dont you just pick up a tablet if your going to do that?