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    Is an audio setup without an amp or sound card possible?

    I've been searching around and reading threads all morning but I can't find ANYTHING on just a basic audio setup, without any amps or expensive Audigy cards, and without any subwoofers or 7.1. Is it possible to just hook up the onboard audio to the speakers without any intermediaries? I'm in a 96 Camry so I've got two 6x9's and two 5 1/4's.

    Any help would be great!

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    onboard audio will never be able to drive car speakers. Not nearly enough power. You will definately need to get an amp. check out cbrstereo.com for the best deals on amps I have ever seen. I got a pheonix gold (one of the best you can buy) from them.

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    Hrm.. I didn't want to hear that but thanks for the quick and succinct response. And I appreciate the link

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    That's right. Most on-board sound adapters or sound cards won't even drive headphones properly. You NEED an amp, even if it is your headunit's built-in amp.

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    What dude said is bs. It sounds as if you aren't looking for high quality sound here especially if you're going with stock speakers. You can run a 1/8 jack to rca cable adapter out of the computer connect that to an fm modulater and connect that to your radio. Of course to do this you have to keep your head unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoc
    Is it possible to just hook up the onboard audio to the speakers without any intermediaries?

    sounds to me like those dudes were right.

    Of course if jonoc didn't phrase his question correctly, that's a different thing.. but that's not the fault of the people who attempted to answer his question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizawuza
    sounds to me like those dudes were right.

    Of course if jonoc didn't phrase his question correctly, that's a different thing.. but that's not the fault of the people who attempted to answer his question.
    Ahhh, you are right(srry guys). His question is a pretty bad one. Forget power constraints how would he even connect the speakers to his on board audio without an amp or head unit(more trouble than it's worth my friend). Really makes no sense.

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    I'm not looking for high quality right now. My first priority is to get the computer working in the car, then if I am not satasfied with the audio, I can add an amp. My current headunit is an Eclipse 5440 and yes, I still have stock speakers. You're saying that if I keep the headunit then I don't have to buy an amp?

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    Sorry for the dumb question. I didn't mention that I know NOTHING about car audio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoc
    I'm not looking for high quality right now. My first priority is to get the computer working in the car, then if I am not satasfied with the audio, I can add an amp. My current headunit is an Eclipse 5440 and yes, I still have stock speakers. You're saying that if I keep the headunit then I don't have to buy an amp?

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    Sorry for the dumb question. I didn't mention that I know NOTHING about car audio.
    The question wasn't dumb just the way you phrased it. You made it seem as if you didn't want to go through your head unit or amp. Anyways if you follow my instuctions in regards to the fm modulater you can go without the amp. If you like the sound you get out of your speakers now chances are you will not need to upgrade as you'll have the amplification of your on board card as well as the head units abilities for manipulating the sound. If you need more info on fm modulaters post up, pm me or do a because there's already plenty of discussions on it.

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    Sorry if my response sounded harsh. Annoying day at work.

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