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> Two ideas for uses of the Ratoc CFU1 in the car, Looking for your input...
Xumbi
post Aug 11 2004, 07:19 AM
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My C750 is currently on its way from Japan, and I'm already trying to think of ways to connect it to my car stereo.

Here's what I have to work with:

* Sony Xplod CD receiver (can't remember the model number)
* Sony XA-300 Unilink Adapter

Here are my two ideas of how I might be able to use the Ratoc CFU1 adapter with it:

1. Use the CFU1 to connect to the XA-300's USB input. In theory, this would give me pure digital audio through my car stereo. However, I don't know if the Z's kernel would support it, or how I would get a media player to use that device for audio output.

2. Use the CFU1 to connect an external hard drive. I read somewhere on this board that someone tried this and it worked. The only problems I see would be how to power it, and whether to use a 2.5" or 3.5" drive. I assume that a 2.5" would be the better choice.

Idea #1 would give me pure digital audio, but I would be limited to how much I can store on my SD card.

Idea #2 would give me analog audio, but I could have up to 80GB (or whatever size drive I could afford) of storage.

I'm leaning more towards #2.

Has anyone tried anything like this yet?
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ltrm
post Aug 11 2004, 08:36 AM
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If you're going to use a Ratoc USB card couldn't you use a USB hub and do both? I'm assuming that you can get enough bandwidth through the Ratoc.
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post Aug 11 2004, 09:29 AM
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QUOTE(ltrm @ Aug 11 2004, 11:36 AM)
If you're going to use a Ratoc USB card couldn't you use a USB hub and do both? I'm assuming that you can get enough bandwidth through the Ratoc.

You know what, you're right! I hadn't thought of that.

I guess that would just leave the question about how to get the Z to use the USB digital audio connection, and how to power the external drive and USB hub.
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Martin
post Oct 9 2004, 03:26 AM
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Hi all,

Did you all know about some new USB Host cards with 2 Host ports over built in hub?

http://www.twin-paradox.com

I try to contact them ... waiting for answer now ... price will be about $89 ... but no info about linux driver or used chipset ...

Martin
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lardman
post Oct 9 2004, 04:53 AM
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That site has been promising for aeons......

Si
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