Sound Card and Connection Queries
I'm currently in the planning stages of my first CarPC (I like to do a lot of planning before I do anything else)
I wont get into specifics of the system itself, Thats off the topic..
Basically I will be running :
Alpine Type "X" Pro 6.5" Speakers + Tweeters (Fronts)
Alpine Type "R" OR The Type X Rears
Alpine Type X Subwoofer
off of these amps:
Alpine PDX 1.100 (Speakers)
Alpine PDX 1.1000 (Subby)
Now my dilemma sits with actually connecting the speakers to the carPC. In my research it seems the PDX Amps have RCA out(Duh), Now I just need a sound card to provide me with the sound!
The two cards I like the look of are:
The ASUS Xonar DS:
and the ASUS Xonar HDAV Deluxe 1.3: (I'm more interested in the daughter card than the main card..)
I think I will stick with ASUS as the brand, as they have a pretty good rep for this line of sound cards.
I have had a look at the MP3 Car FAQ:
In the First & Second diagrams, it shows a 3.5mil "Y" Adapter to connect the amplifiers into the sound card, Is this really the most ideal way to connect the amps to the sound card?
I would be using this method for the XONAR DS card, as opposed to direct RCA->RCA connection on the HDAV Deluxe correct? Is it really worth me spending the extra $$ for direct RCA connections to bypass the 3.5mil "Y" jacks? Will there be much difference?
I look forward to hearing your opinions!
Thanks in advance