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    Well i guess file me in the over-the-top category for wanting true 5.1 in my vehicle.

    I would have to dissagree with you on how it sounds. By you saying that it just wont sound right is incorrect. Yes the soundstage is cramped but when you have a decent center channel (i have a 5 1/4 mounted behind the HVAC bezel) and proper tuning it sounds very close to my living room.

    Anyways If true 5.1 isn't your thing thats fine. It is my thing and disagree that it is pointless. Yes I do go on long trips in my car and yes i do enjoy the 5.1 surround sound effects just as much as in my living room. Some cant justify the cost/benifit but I can. To me there is nothing like sound of Dolby Digital or DTS wether your in the car or in the livingroom.

    But keep in mind you two that you are posting these opinions on why not to do 5.1 in a thread that asks how to do 5.1.

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    Yeah, the thread starter is asking for how-to, and not why-not, thanks for the reminder I was thinking about that after I posted last but was too lazy to change anything. A properly set-up system will sound terriffic no doubt, but I personally cannot afford both a nice home theater and a nice car theater. That's about it, good luck with your project.

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    it was a how-to, but why-not's are fun too, once you find out the how-to.

    As for me,

    I want 5.1 for DVD's only, not mp3's, radio etc.

    According to some home theater mag's including sound and vision, and home theater mag, the car is a perfect venue for surround sound. And can sound decent without costing too much.

    And a 5.1 sound card doesn't really add much cost to the project anyway. The santa cruz is ~$50, and a small amp and speaker for the center channel isn't expensive. The rest of the 4.1 channels will probably already be in the car.

    As for show off factor, you can't beat Air Force One playing in your car with the bullets whizzing around you.

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    I agree. Matrix is good to. i was enjoying it today at luch sitting on the cliffs.
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    Teenkertoy:

    Does the santa cruz differentiate betweeen 2 channel and 5.1 sources and decode accordingly? 2 channel= 4 channel like you have it, 5.1 for 5.1..

    or do you switch it manually?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbaratta
    it was a how-to, but why-not's are fun too, once you find out the how-to.

    As for me,

    I want 5.1 for DVD's only, not mp3's, radio etc.

    According to some home theater mag's including sound and vision, and home theater mag, the car is a perfect venue for surround sound. And can sound decent without costing too much.

    And a 5.1 sound card doesn't really add much cost to the project anyway. The santa cruz is ~$50, and a small amp and speaker for the center channel isn't expensive. The rest of the 4.1 channels will probably already be in the car.

    As for show off factor, you can't beat Air Force One playing in your car with the bullets whizzing around you.
    Sorry for the rant fellas its just that I hate when people have more toys than me and so I put things out there so they can convince me to get them as well. I think one day I'll be sold on the 5.1, just not today. Now this santa cruz card does sound like a nice idea, but I'm attached to my daggum head unit like some some siamese twins. I actually have a soundblaster card that I think will do the same thing and it's what I'm currently using, but again you still have to buy the processor and get rid of your head unit. Sometimes when I'm only riding down the street I really think it's a hassle to get the system up and running especially when I can just press one button and listen to a mp3 cd in a matter of seconds.

    Anitmatter I think it's great you have your 5.1 setup. I actually wouldn't mind if I ever got to listen to it and wish I was your friend so everytime we went out I could make you drive so I could enjoy the fruits of your labor, I guess like I said I was hoping I'd get convinced to do it myself.

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    One thought and one question.

    I've got at least one newer CD that came with a DVD that's got a single done in full 5.1 sound. It seems to be a trend that's starting. I've also got a Nickelback concert DVD that's got songs recorded in 5.1. I'm sure it won't be long before DVD takes over as the media of choice, and along with it, more options for surround sound. I also have no problem with listening to a special effects/action movie while driving.

    Also, what's the difference between a Santa Cruz card and an SB Live 5.1 card?
    Sound Quality? Price? Configurability?


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    superduck,

    I don't have either cards yet, but I was planning on getting a SB card up until this thread pointed me to the santa cruz. Quality wise, there probably isn't much of a difference, at least to my ears.

    You also may be able to find the turtle beach card cheaper.

    I just like the santa cruz due to the feature mentioned above....although it sounds also possible on a SB card

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbaratta
    Teenkertoy:

    Does the santa cruz differentiate betweeen 2 channel and 5.1 sources and decode accordingly? 2 channel= 4 channel like you have it, 5.1 for 5.1..

    or do you switch it manually?

    thanks
    I'd like to help, but "ppgt94" uses the Santa Cruz, not me. I use a sound blaster audigy in my main computer, and built-in (on the motherboard) sound for the car. If you get stuck I'd try looking at the website to see if you can download a manual.

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    my fault Teenkertoy
    I asked the question to the wrong person, I meant to ask ppgt94.

    I downloaded the manual and read it, it shows the different speaker configs, but arent that specific.

    ppgt94 seems to be doing what I want to do, and switching it manually is tedious.

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