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boulderguy 
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Specifically looking for quality pots for an in-line volume control. Know any good sources online?
(Don't even know where to begin with the "search" button on this one)
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Digikey.com, radioshack.com are two that come to mind.. what do you mean by 'quality'?

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www.digikey.com

www.mouser.com

www.newark.com

www.mcmelectronics.com

www.partsexpress.com

If you can't find it at one of those places then it most likely doesn't exist (or is a ribbon cable connector used in VWs that is only availible in Europe, but that is a different story.....)

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You will want a b50K Potentiometer. It will probably be easier to buy a prefab for about $15 from peripheral.

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The above is if you are going inline with the RCA cables. Inline with speaker wires will be different. www.jameco.com is also a good source.

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Do you guys have a Fry's electronics? I walked into that place for the first time a few weeks ago and wow. Thats an electronics store!
Tell the Snap-On guy I'm not here!
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5150azn: That's my FAVORITE place for electronics. But since their a limited retailer, I didn't mention them. My girlfriend hates going there...it's like role reversal. I'll shop for hours and she gets bored! LOL
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       If you are looking for a stereo pot   Radio Shack part number        271-1732   100k ohm stereo potentiometer  only a few bucks

boulderguy 
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Thanks for the info.
I have a PAC in-line level controller between the Ipod & X-over, then the signal goes straight to the amps - no HU involved in a subaru Outback '05. The PAC unit is a simple passive design, just in in-line stereo pot (b50k) soldered to a board with stereo RCA input/outputs.
But for some reason it seems to crap out after a few months - shorting, one side louder than another, strange stuff remedied by replacing the unit. I opted to just buy another - my third so far - out of convenience.
When I mentioned quality I was wondering if I could just buy a better quality pot & solder it to the existing board.
Ultimately I'm holding my breath for the Alpine H650 (or whatever their version of the Cleansweep is) b/c I think it'll make a cleaner interface & I'll be able to use the HU CD player too, plus I like the sound of the Ipod better thru Alpine interfaces in general, sounds less compressed.
Plus I'm running out of things to tinker with in this system...
They keep pushing back availability in true alpine fashion tho, so I'll keep buying PAC volume controls I guess.
Anyone played with that Alpine unit yet? Any thoughts on it?

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