Soundstream Reference 404s:
4 x 50WRMS power amplifier;
Phoenix Gold 4AWG fuse holder, and big fat cables for power, such
as that stupidly large red 4AWG power cable in the photo on the right.
What is impressive though is that the Soundstrem has power connectors
big enough to take this cable, and power traces inside that don't make
you feel like blushing when you open it up or hook it up;
Speaker cabling and interconnects by Streetwires and
This is the cool bit of this installation. Behold, a 7" VGA Gain
monitor embedded in the dash of a WRX. Shots to the right are during
I didn't have the time or patience to do the fabrication myself - so
I outsourced the work to a car audio ahop, who did the minor bit of filling
to get the screen in, and then had a paint shop colour match and paint
Picture below shows the VIA boot routine and the screen in place, with
the temporary power and reset button box I built. Well - it was supposed
to be temporary. I never did get around to fabricating them in!
Front shot - mounted on my dining room table. We drive
to Adelaide tomorrow morning at 6am.
Back shot of the monitor in place. Not as totally sexy
some, but Silastic offers a little vibration absorbtion.
This shot shows Map Monkey in operation. Downtown Sydney, for those
playing the "where is that map shot?" game :-)
Centrafuse boot routine. Nice program - just a bit too heavy and slow
for a music player
Touchscreen driver configuration
FrodoPlayer in Radio playback mode.
The normal view - Frodoplayer. A little clunky in the backend, but fabulously
reliable and flexible.
Showing normal windows MS-Info stuff - text is nice and clear even though
the monitor is resizing a 800*600 image
Seat roll forward ...
... Seat roll back
Really, a VIA
EPIA board with a 800Mhz embedded processor, and onboard video,
tv-out, sound and networking - what else could I want? All it needs
is a power supply, memory and RAM...
I don't have an optical drive in the machine - no point when it's stuffed
under a seat, so that space is now used to carry an IBM Deskstar 2.5"
laptop drive. Just below that (you can see the big RCA plug) is where
I've mounted the USB radio tuner card.
The Power Supply
Setting up a computer in a 12VDC environment is a challenge, especially
when you don't know a diode from a transistor (which I thought was some
type of radio - anyhoo)...
A number of options exist in areas of both build and buy, and my selection
was ultimately made based on the fact that PC
Power and Cooling are a nice big company that offer luxuries like
warranties. The fact that they don't have an Australian distributorwas
not a problem, and that I dealt with their helpful, friendly international
sales staff. This landed me a well packed and documented 12v DC-DC power
There are smaller power supplies on the market, but this one fits in
the case perfectly - that's it in the box on the right hand side. Nice!
You can see that I've added a few non standard plugs to the back of
the case. These take care of fusing for the PC and the monitor, as well
as providing all the input and output connections on the box. I have
the same set of plugs for rigging up the box inside the house for maintenance
- no more fiddling about!
The cables running back into the box are the USB and line in connection
for the USB radio card.
Here's the Deluo GPS unit that I mentioned on the v1 page, in place
on the dash in the WRX. Stealthy!
This one has now been modded to resolve the dodgy capacitor issue that
most people eventually experience with these things.
Nice little keyboard. Has a bunch of excess button
along the top, and two USB ports on the bottom. A nice little pickup