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    nice, (thanks again rando). I was going to use a griffen powermate for the volume control and no need for an EQ. I will let the pc software take care of that.

    I have not completed my build yet and I really like your idea of a switch NIC. Escpecially when I get out to fuel up or any other time i would like to keep the pc on. I guess I am not 100% sure I understand your set up and 3 point settings on the switch. Is there a post or forum that you go into detail on this or can you expand further? I am great with computers but not so great with the electornic/power piece. If you can just clarify for a newbee. Thanks!!

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    Just to be clear, the powermate is just another input device to the computer. You're still relying on software for volume control in that case. The override switch will work but perhaps not in time to prevent speaker damage (or an accident). If you're truly paranoid, the only real solution is a physcial volume knob of some sort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisAndNat
    Well I was thinking ditch the head unit and using a computer 5.1 speaker setup.

    Just worried it wont be loud enough.
    It will be. I'm going to be deaf by fourty, guarenteed.
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    sure some girls fake orgasms.....but it's guys like me who fake the whole relationship

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    Quote Originally Posted by rando
    Just to be clear, the powermate is just another input device to the computer. Your still relying on software for volume control in that case. The override switch will work but perhaps not in time to prevent speaker damage (or an accident). If you're truly paranoid, the only real solution is a physcial volume knob of some sort.
    i can turn of the switch in a quicker time than it would take to rotate a physical volume control, so therefore wouldnt this option actually be better in this sense.

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    Not really. With a volume knob, your unlikely to have the volume too high in the first place. With software, it only takes one bug or one rogue program that insists on cranking your volume to 100% to pop your speakers. The damage can be done long before you can reach over and throw the switch.

    One way to make this a bit safer is to turn the gain on your amps down such that your speakers can survive a full volume input from your PC. In this case, it's only your ears that will suffer until you throw your switch. In my case, even with the gain on my amps all the way down, my system is more than capable of blowing my shi**y factory speakers. With some decent upgrades, I'm sure I'd be fine.

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    ahh i see what you mean now, and i have the gains on my amps set so it distorts at close to 100% volume (it varies greatly depending on the song). So if this did happen to happen (it hasnt yet in 9 months of my computer being in there, touchwood) the worst i would to is burn my ears, but hey i do that already

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