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Hot-swap Stereo Plate

A hotswap plate on a car stereo back.
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Maybe a new standard in cars to have at least one hotswap stereo plate in cars, the hotswitch plate would be a special design that linked all the speakers in the car to the back of the plate, and then in the respective port into the back of the amp thru the amp's hotswap plate. also rca plugs would be supported, remote cables etc etc. a stereo deck need not include them if the features in the deck did not exist, the plate would just not make contact.

Could be a great invention for someone who wants to design a hotswap plate for a car and then implement it in the back of a stereo. Could have potential!

What would everyone else think though..?

asp, Nov 22 2002


       Was going to say,   

       All the wires and plugs that could ever be needed on a stereo deck would be able to be plugged in easily.   

       This would sure take the pain out of buying a new stereo deck. For example I have a Pioneer deck, 50W x4, cd player. I'm looking for another deck that will play mp3s and show the title on a bright flashy screen. Finding the deck won't be hard but fitting the will either be a pain or expensive.
asp, Nov 22 2002

       Thanks for the clarification, asp. This sounds something like a docking station or port replicator for stereos.   

       What would you do if a new feature came along (one that needed a new connector), and how often does this happen with car stereos?
st3f, Nov 22 2002

       If I'm reading this right, it's been baked already. My father owned an AM/FM/8-Track pullout car stereo, circa 1970. All connections for power, antenna, and speaker were routed through a set of contact plates on the top surface. Metal fingers in the mounting bracket mated with the plates upon insertion of the stereo into the bracket. Other models of the time by that same manufacturer had the same form factor and connections.   

       No, it wasn't industry standard. No, it didn't catch on. No, that company probably doesn't exist any more. No, there isn't much incentive for the industry to adopt a standardized docking bay with a standardized electrical interface built in.
BigBrother, Nov 22 2002

       st3f -- there would be spare docking ports that connected to the plates where you would simply plug in a connector that you could buy from a shop for a small price, and plug it into one of the spare docking ports on your bay. (there will be 2 docking ports per bay, any stereo wishing to use new technologies may use these docking ports in the correct places.   

       BigBrother -- It might catch on if it did something that other car stereo systems didn't, like extra power or ease of install. :) It would be cheap for a plate to be installed of course..
asp, Nov 22 2002


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