The AACC Alien Audio Control Center - Forum Focus
Published: 28th November 2016 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.