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Current car stereos have near-
uniformly ghastly faceplates,
e-z-steal head units (the oblong
part you see in the dashboard),
of incompatible CD-changers and
The alternative - The car should be
'wired for sound' with amp, speakers
and simple volume/source/balance/
controls, pref on the steering.
The installation is totally media-
generic, providing aerial output and
taking digital or analogue input.
Using current technology It will have
an RCA minijack input (analogue-
digital combo) where you can add in
your own MP3/radio which is then
taken with you when you leave the
The vacant space could be used as a
padded place to put your mobile
This means there is no head unit to
speak of, so no unit to easily steal
or make your dash look like some
reject Urwin Allen production.
||Not entirely sure what a head unit is (I thought that was a bathroom on a ship), but our car certainly has the stereo controls on the steering wheel and the guts of the thing molded attractively around the interior.
||I don't think that was the point,
DrCurry; the idea is that you are
free to add whatever audio input
devices you like, not have have it
permanently fixed into the
||I think the truth is that you
could bake this idea quite easily,
although persuading car
manufacturers to fit such things
as standard is another thing
||Perhaps this will happen when
cars incorporate support for
devices. With the physical-media
slot gone and the volume control
mounted on the steering column,
there's no reason for any visible