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    Amp for Scion tC Carputer

    I'm looking for a somewhat affordable amp for my 05 Scion tC (stock speakers).

    To be completely honest, I don't know that much about amps, speakers, or sound in general, and I don't really want to learn (I'm aware this might get me flamed)...

    I basically just want to hook up my carputer (the computer is using a Sound Blaster Audigy SE sound card), to the stock speakers in my 05 Scion tC, without degrading the sound quality compared to my stock head unit (and not losing volume).

    I realize I could just buy another head unit with an auxiliary input, but I don't feel that would be a very elegant solution.

    ~ Austin
    P.S. I'm open to buying a used Amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinMatherne View Post
    and I don't really want to learn (I'm aware this might get me flamed)...
    Quick learner ey

    Don't think anyone is willing to spoonfeed, or help, for that matter. Especially if you just admitted you aren't at all willing to do an effort yourself.
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    I'm not looking to be spooned (I'm capable of searching on my own).

    All I'm looking for is a suggestion on an affordable Amp that will work with my current setup.

    The reason I don't really want to learn about speakers and so forth, isn't because I don't want to do the work, it's because I know if I do then I'm gonna want to replace the speakers add a sub, etc, etc, etc and I don't have the money to do it. So why torture myself?

    I hope you understand,
    ~ Austin

    Edit: I'm familiar with the Sonic T-Amp (looked into it for my desktop back when it first came out) and I've seen some people talk about it around here (by searching). I know its only 15 watts, isn't that not nearly enough for a car setup?

    Thanks,
    ~ Austin

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    i always suggest the t-amp if you want it in a small space and don't want to have to worry about running new wiring. i believe that it'll give you near stock sound. your stock head unit probably is only putting out about 8 watts rms anyways.

    if you dont mind running the wires and everything look at the infinity/jbl amps, they are pretty well made and inexpensive. should give you plenty of headroom so make sure to set your gains correctly.
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    soundstrom 4f400.
    4 channel, about $50 dollar at amazon.
    working great on my stock speaker setup (at least better then the output of my stock head unit)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx View Post
    i always suggest the t-amp if you want it in a small space and don't want to have to worry about running new wiring. i believe that it'll give you near stock sound. your stock head unit probably is only putting out about 8 watts rms anyways.

    if you dont mind running the wires and everything look at the infinity/jbl amps, they are pretty well made and inexpensive. should give you plenty of headroom so make sure to set your gains correctly.
    This was exactly the kind of reply I was looking for.

    I'm surprised the head unit only puts out that many watts.

    Space is very minimal for this install so I'll look more into the T-Amp (but I'll give the infinity/jbl a look to).

    Thank you,
    ~ Austin


    Edit: So you're saying I can just hook the Amps up to the speaker wiring running from the stock head unit?

    Am I correct in assuming I need two T-Amps 2x2 Channels = 4 Channels? and that I'll just use an adapter that will split the rear output from my sound card into two channels and I do the same with the front output?
    Also, does it matter what channels are running on the Amps? For instance both front channels on one Amp and the rear on the other, or left and right?

    Is the following digram correct?




    Thanks again,
    ~ Ausitn

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    you could also try two of these if you have enough power on your psu (or maybe get a second dc-dc psu):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/2-15-watt-4ohm-T...QQcmdZViewItem

    actually... you would run into similar powering issues regardless of which amp you used. you can just hook these amps straight to the 12v car battery.
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    Are you sure I cant run the two T-Amps off my OPUS 320W PSU?

    I'll be using the 320W OPUS to power the following system.
    Motherboard: DFI nForce4 Ultra-D
    Processor: Underclocked AMD Opteron 165
    Video Card: XFX GeForce 7100GS
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy SE
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    ~ Austin

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    you very well could, just make sure. I'll let you do the legwork on that :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by AustinMatherne View Post
    Are you sure I cant run the two T-Amps off my OPUS 320W PSU?

    I'll be using the 320W OPUS to power the following system.
    Motherboard: DFI nForce4 Ultra-D
    Processor: Underclocked AMD Opteron 165
    Video Card: XFX GeForce 7100GS
    Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy SE
    Hard Drive: Seagate 300GB 7200.8 IDE
    Display: MP3Car 2008 7 Transflective
    GPS: USGlobalSat BU-353
    USB Bluetooth Adapter: D-Link DBT-120
    USB Wi-Fi Adapter: D-Link DWA-556
    Microphone: Andrea Electronic Superbeam

    ~ Austin
    New System in progress:
    M10k
    Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
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    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx View Post
    you very well could, just make sure. I'll let you do the legwork on that :-)
    I can do that.

    Just to clarify, all I need for the Amps (besides running power to them) would be two (in the right length)
    3.5mm Mini-Stereo Male to Two RCA Male Speaker Cable

    Thanks again for all your help,
    ~ Austin

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