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The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

 The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

So looking a little closer, we can see an eclectic collection of parts from different worlds that have come together to form the "The AACC Alien Audio Control Center".

To start, the obvious one here is the car stereo. Screen, amplifier, radio and Bluetooth connectivity all in one simple package. It is an obvious choice for a simple custom audio build that you can throw pretty much everything at, as an added bonus, even watch a movie or two. 

 

The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

 

Next on the list is the linchpin of all builds, finding a case that meets all the requirements yet leaves room for customisation and a few mods.  On top of this, finding a case that fits budget is a major sticking point to many modders out there.  AlienALX has done well to find a case that is just the right size to mount the stereo in while leaving enough room for power and some extensive wiring requirements.

 

 The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

 

Talking of power. Car stereos run on a 12v supply, usually provided by an automotive battery. As luck would have it, PC PSU's have a good and solid 12v rail that can be used for that very same purpose. AlienALX was lucky here, having an old working PSU lying around has saved time and money.  This is an area of a build that many people struggle with.  Any custom wiring can be a daunting task.  You can often find all the information you require across multiple websites and manuals, but still doing that wiring change whether it be the first or tenth time can often worry the most seasoned modders out there.

 

 

The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

 

The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

 

Now it would be easy to stop at that.  Just to have a car stereo modded into a case would be a good mod either way.  But let's all be honest, it would look a bit bland.

With the need for an aerial for radio signal, the addition of the shark fin aerial is a touch that I believe gives a unique look and finish to the build.  Having that ability to dip into the pot from both the PC modding world and the highly extensive car modding world has opened up some touches such as this that would more often than not be overlooked.

 

The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

 

Anyone who has ever tried modifying anything will know that not everything can go exactly to plan.  The important thing is that when something goes a little hinkey, it is all about moving forward and changing up something to make it work.  Occasionally, something has to be changed and it improves the visual over the original design.  A small scuff across the surface while grinding can lead to the design of a small piece of vinyl that I think finishes off the front nicely and breaks up the colour a little better than it would without, while drawing attention to the power button.

 

The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

The AACC Alien Audio Control Center

 

Finishing off the look is the custom illuminated feet.  Not to everyone's taste, but finishes off the build nicely.  Matching in with the colour scheme and the illuminated power button.  The amount of light produced by the screen alone stops any extra lighting on the button and feet becoming overpowering and distracting.

 

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20-08-2016, 06:56:13

AlienALX
And the first arrivals.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x..._111807340.jpg

Sadly all was not well. Look where I have peeled up the corner. That's bloody clear not red !!

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x..._111704469.jpgQuote

20-08-2016, 07:50:06

AlienALX
Balls ! just looked at the back of my TV and no AV or SCART inputs at all. Bad news.. So I have ordered this lol.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...0converter.jpg

And this.

http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x...i%20socket.jpg

I will split the video signal so that I get AV component out and now HDMI also. I will need to power it though, so not made my mind up on how to do that yet (I will either use a phone charger or some sort of 5v USB signal from the PSU).Quote

20-08-2016, 09:31:32

Kilbane
Interesting idea.

What are your plans for power, i.e are you planning to have the PSU on 24/7?

If not, what do you plan to do with the 12v constant on the stereo to keep all presets?Quote

20-08-2016, 11:39:17

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kilbane View Post
Interesting idea.

What are your plans for power, i.e are you planning to have the PSU on 24/7?

If not, what do you plan to do with the 12v constant on the stereo to keep all presets?
It will be left on 24/7 yes. Well, the power source will be unless I decide to move it

The head unit and rear fan will be switched off when it's not in use. I will probably run the fan in the back from the AMP REM cable.Quote

20-08-2016, 20:49:36

Excalabur50
Now this one is going to be interesting and totally different will be watching keenly to see end resultQuote
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