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    Line driver or Processor (bitone, alpine h800)

    I have a car PC with Creative X-Fi soundcard. Two amplifiers in the car - 4-channel for 4 speakers and monoblock for subwoofers. I am planning on sending RCA's from sound card to amps. 360W PSU for PC. Will I require line drivers? If this is the case, would you recommend as an alternative to a line driver setup, purchasing an audio processor unit like the BitOne or Alpine PDX-H800 so I can control sound better? I am only using griffin powermate to manage volume on the PC, I don't think I'll have adequate control over my sound system?

    What are your thoughts and solutions?

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    i can't answer if the audio processor is any 'better' in this case. for me, that is personal preference. while computer-based audio processing is overall more expensive when looking at the costs(pc was probably in the range of $1,000, soundcard was about $180, software will be $200) it is much more of a hassle to set up, but can be configured in any direction you want it to be. a audio processor-- as i'm sure you've already looked at the cost-- is about the same as your overall pc cost, normally a little less. but there is very little setup-- just plug your cables into it, configure some settings-- in some cases, they are automatic, and you're done. normally, they cover every aspect that you really ever need to adjust to get a good soundstage, and as a bonus, they are not reliant on the pc working to make your sound system work.

    but even after all that, i personally prefer the adjustments that the computer-based processing gives me--even though it is more expensive and time consuming, simply because i can do whatever i want with it, whenever i want to do it--which is half the fun of a carpc for me. in the same respect, i don't really need a carpc either


    as for the line driver, i would say that is something to consider after installing the carpc. many are happy with the volume of a setup like that, but just as many aren't-- again, it's personal preference as to which side of the fence you fall on..

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    I think i will just go with the line driver setup and use the software for my sound card to manage equalization. good idea, you think?

    this is the line driver i was thinking: http://www.woofersetc.com/p-1268-mat...l-matcher.aspx

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    yes, that would be good. audio control is a very good brand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    yes, that would be good. audio control is a very good brand.
    great good to know. thank you

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