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  1. #21
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    mine is :
    computer- stereo to rca- amp- speakers.
    before, :
    headunit-speakers.

    my friend recently suggested I try a preamp and adjust the bass before it gets to the amp. I'll probably head to Circuit City or someplace with a good return policy and give that a try next month.

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    To clarify, we are discussing 2 seperate issues here.

    1. I understand that car stereo equipment outputs a 4v signal for low level sound (that is the audio you would use RCA cables for), while your home audio equipment, PC, headphone players, etc. use a 2v signal for reference.

    Hence, you would use the earlier mentioned line driver to take the audio from your non-car device and up the voltage level (up to 13v in the three.1 device mentioned earlier) to around 4v or whatever sounds good.


    2. Audio out of PC's is not the best. The PC pre-amp components are cheap, so the base level audio is notably worse to start with *before* any line drivers, etc.

    To solve this some people swear by the external USB sound cards like the ones by Creative. These also have the advantage of sending a digital signal across the USB port to the device, then converting this in the device to regular analog output. This method provides at least some electrical isolation from the PC motherboard, hard drives, etc.

    Others say that some on board sound cards (those built into the motherboard) sound great, or similarly to use a PCI sound card instead.


    I think the 'best' solution to provide clean sound (money no object) is to get an external USB sound card that gives optical SPDIF out. That way you have some isolation up to the sound card, then total electrical isolation after it is converted. Once the signal is optical, NO noise can be introduced. Then it becomes a matter of converting that back to analog. This also circumvents the voltage issue (#1).

    Unfortunately NO head unit I could find supports optical in. Some amps, crossovers, and 5.1 decoders DO however have these as inputs. Also, you can buy a device that will do nothing but change that Optical SPDIF output into analog audio.


    So to summarize issue #2, if you are rich, take your PC audio and run it to an external USB sound card that supports SPDIF optical out. Then run the optical signal to another device to change it back to analog, then run it down through the rest of the system. Wala! You have completely virgin sound!

    The rest of us just have to make do with the best soundcard we can find/afford, and try to clean it up with isolators, etc.

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    welthqa -

    Make sure that your amp isn't high pass filtering. Should be switch to change the mode of the rca inputs

    High pass Filtering (usually to send higher frequencies to tweeters)
    No Filtering
    Low pass Filtering (meant to send lower frequencies to the sub)

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    I'll cast another vote for an external sound card, specifically the Audigy 2 NX. The difference in sound quality after replacing my generic internal sound card with an MP3+ huge, but what really surprised me was the incredible increase in sound quality when I went from the MP3+ to the Audigy. Don't even bother with the MP3+ to save $40 dollars. You'll wind up buying an Audigy later anyway.

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    amp?
    so you have an aftermarket amplifier now? I was under the impression that you retained your stock stereo setup, and simply added a computer as the new source.

    so you have aftermarket amplifier and stock speakers? or stock amplifier and stock speakers? what audio equipment are you running?

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    darn, just bought an MP3+... Well, I'll see (well, 'hear') what it sounds like...

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    I have a similar setup, Alpine head unit running computer as aux in. I have an extixy sound card with the 100db snr. There is no discernable audio quality difference between the mp3s/wmas playing through the aux in and the same songs burnt onto cd. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.

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    my amp is aftermarket http://www.usacoustics.com/usx4065/usx4065_specs.html
    http://www.carreview.com/Amplifiers/...2_1806crx.aspx

    plus the stock 6 speaker bose thing that the 2002 altimas come with.

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    did you bypass the factory amplifiers? if you have an upgraded stereo, it might have factory amps.

    second, how is the amp tuned?

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    hey, if you want, jump in www.betteraudio.com/chat I am in there as semi, we can talk without the forum turnaround. ive got a few minutes before we start my sisters bf's WRX

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