I appreciate your post, but I prefer to use a laptop so I can take my entertainment with me. My head unit has an aux input into it, and I connect the headphone out jack to the aux input. I use Zoom Player as a dvd player. It plays .vob files, .avi files and apple files. I presently have 400 videos on the computer and about 2000 .mp3's.
As far as my set up, for internet access, I use a cellular data card with unlimited data for about $60 a month. For gps, I use Delorme Street Atlas, available for less than $100.00. You can also get the complete listing of every phone listing in the US for a few more bucks.
My system is composed of (2) 12" Sony (Walmart) Subs, 1100 w max, (2) 10" RF Punch 1's, (4) 6x9's Sony 230 w max, (1) RF 150x amp for 6x9's, and (1) 1000w Lanzar amp for the subs. RF's bridged on 1 channel, Sony's bridged on 2 channels.
The cost of this system was extremely cheap considering the volume and sound quality. I dare anyone in my area to listen to it and tell me it sounds like crap.
Yeah, that sounds a little bitter, but when I was setting it up, I got bad responses from some of the people here.
I will do a 'How to" thread to show how to get dvd quality videos off of the net for no cost.
lol, I have has at least 30 people ask me to do a computer install for them.