Portable Stereo

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  1. andersonbc

    andersonbc New Member

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    So, after reading countless threads on installing a stereo in my camper I ended up going in an unexpected direction. When I started out I really wanted the following things:

    • Speakers Inside
    • Speakers Outside
    • MP3 Capability
    • USB Flash Drive Support

    What I finally ended up doing was making a completely portable stereo:

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    It plugs into your standard 12v cigarette lighter socket and comes with about 20 feet of cord. I also added 12v socket on the back of it so I could daisy chain other 12 volt items. It was a rush job because I was building it for Talladega but I'm very happy with how it turned out. The wife and I just load up a 4 gig thumb drive with music and we're ready to go. I especially like the fact that I can also take it tailgating to sporting events!

    You can find more pics here. Thanks for looking.
     
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    Halister New Member

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    Very nice...Never would have thought of that.
     
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    looks nice, what is the box made of?

    total cost?
     
  4. andersonbc

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    Thanks, the box is made of 1/2 inch MDF. The total cost was a little under $200- but I am sure you could cut that in half if you chose different components. I chose an Alpine CDE-102 and a pair of Polk Audio db651. Perhaps a bit of overkill but it sounds great!

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    i am impressed........nice job.........i was gonna ask about the box too but somebody beat me to it........you should be pleased with yourself........i would have thought you bought it someplace........SCmomma
     
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    Whiskeyme Virginia Beach, Virginia

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    Nice job.. that looks sweet.... [A]
     
  7. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Nice work on the stereo, and enjoyed the Talladega pictures too!
     
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    Well I was going to say that was great thinking outside of the box [LOL] I guess I will have to take that back now [LOL]
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Great job ... looks great ..... easy to use.
     
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    Looks great! Only thing I see missing is a handle or some way to carry it. I'm assuming you don't carry it by the cord wraps or the hole in the back of the unit. Is that the antennae mounted in the back hole? Clever use of space if it is!
     
  11. andersonbc

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    That's a good question. I was going to put a handle on it, but while I was building the box I noticed how easy it was to carry by the rear opening (which I left open for heat and general access). Yes on the antenna, I got something like this and it work surprising well:

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    Nice work. Good job, it will serve you well.
     
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    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Very nice! [:D]
     
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    Very nice. You know the thing I hate about this forum? My project wish list keeps getting longer and longer.
     

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