audio connection is analog or optical digital. I recommend optical because the analog connection has been documented many times to have a very low level hiss noise.
sorry total newbie question... how do you run from the pc to the h701?
what options are available?
The optical digital BTW is SPDIF, just like in a home theater. It will carry up to 6 channels although in a car system you only run 2 channels, normally.
the optical digital is tos-link, not SPDIF like most people think of when you say SPDIF.
Usually, most documentation uses SPDIF to refer to digital coax. What the 701 takes is tos-link. I wish it would take SPDIF in.
The Alpine has 8 channels and running digital can utilize all of them, same as with analoge.
I own a PXA-H701/RUX-C701 combo, and i remember reading in this thread somewhere that the settings should be saved on the unit in non-volatile memory, hence being retained even without power (i.e. battery being disconnected). I'm not getting this... whenever i disconnect the battery, my settings are gone... xovers, equalisation, T/A etc... is there something that needs to be pressed to restore it all?
You will have to press the setting you saved it all to.
You did save all your changes to a setting, right? (1-6)
sound card outputs a tos-link (optical) SPDIF signal. The same as you would find on a home DVD player. You can always use one of those small RCA-to-optical converters to take the coaxial output from a sound card or mobo and jack it right into the optical input on the H701.
The H701 can output 8 channels, yes, but I don't think it can accept 8 channels. I know it can accept 5.1 channels through the digital connection, but I don't know if the AI-net cable can transmit 5.1 channels. There are the 2 left/right analog RCA inputs and the 2 other AI-net inputs can accept adapters to use them as analog inputs (that's how you get analog 1, 2, and 3), but can all 3 analog inputs be used at once from say a DVD to get 5.1 analog inputs? I don't know.
Brycestro, once you make the adjustments hold down one of the 1-6 buttons for a few seconds and it will store it in memory.