Page 7 of 9 FirstFirst 123456789 LastLast
Results 61 to 70 of 86

Thread: can a carputer replace a high end av dedicated system?

  1. #61
    DiB
    DiB is offline
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    12
    There are DVD-A head units out now but no SACD units.

    I'm selling my old competition car now; 8000w rms daily driver. My new car I have now will be an SQL install inside a jetta with a carpc at the heart. I plan on competing for spl and sq which will be a fun and rewarding project. I have the alpine iva-d900 in my competition car and it has limitations so I'd much rather use a carpc. Lots of imformation at termpro's forums about car audio topics.

  2. #62
    Newbie Slaughterhouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Melbourne, FL
    Posts
    37
    wow...well that was fun reading 5 pages of incoherrent babble at 2 a.m.
    WHich brings me to my question. I guess you could call me a audiophile freak.
    I'm going into the carputer wave w/o a h/u and am wondering if i'll be able
    to tell the difference in sound quality. Maybe not even me as much as a fellow "expert" with excellent ears. I'm goign to spend a good chunk of money on a sound card, maybe an Audigy2, but i just don't want to be dissapointed if i get it all installed and find the quality to be worse than my previous h/u, which is quite good btw. Should i be worried? and yes i read the post.

  3. #63
    Super Moderator. If my typing sucks it's probably because I'm driving.... turbocad6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    6,234
    Quote Originally Posted by Slaughterhouse
    wow...well that was fun reading 5 pages of incoherrent babble at 2 a.m.
    WHich brings me to my question. I guess you could call me a audiophile freak.
    I'm going into the carputer wave w/o a h/u and am wondering if i'll be able
    to tell the difference in sound quality. Maybe not even me as much as a fellow "expert" with excellent ears. I'm goign to spend a good chunk of money on a sound card, maybe an Audigy2, but i just don't want to be dissapointed if i get it all installed and find the quality to be worse than my previous h/u, which is quite good btw. Should i be worried? and yes i read the post.
    I have a high end install that runs an alpine multi source head unit right along side my pc, & I can actually a/b sample the same tracks side by side,& really the best answer is that the difference is so subtle that you will have no real problem being happy with pc audio. I listen to mp3s for hours on end & it is very enjoyable, although once in a while when I hear a certain track I'll imediately be reminded of the difference. if you played a track that i am familiar with I can usually be able to tell if it is an mp3 or a cd/dvd on my system, but the difference is so slight that i'd have a harder time telling most of times if it was material that i wasn't so familiar with.

    while i do believe that the sound quality is superior with the alpine over the pc, I will also admit that's it's not by much a lot of the times & a lot of less critical listeners can't even discern any difference at all, or at least can't tell much difference & the universal answer from the masses is that they both sound awsome....

    the pc runs through my alpine processor, from a soundblaster extigy, but i have run systems straight from the pc with similar results,but you WILL need at least a line driver(s) to feed your amps a clean strong input & this of course assumes that everything else that would plauge even a head unit install is in check, IE; no funky ground loops or rfi interference, etc...& everything else that would affect a conventional install still comes into play; speaker placement & effective frequeincy coverage... if your system sounds great to you before a pc transplant I'm sure it will still sound great to you after...

    I just recently realized that there are a few compression techniques that are totally lossless in the transfer to the pc, unlike common mp3's & I am anxious to sample this as soon as I finish a few mods under progress....

  4. #64
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    35
    What, FLAC encoding? It's great. Reduces file sizes to between 40-60% of their original WAV size, lossless-y. APE is slightly better at compressing (less than 1% difference in filesizes though), however it uses more CPU cycles in decode phase (ie, APE files encode slightly faster than FLAC, but playing back require more CPU.) For me, FLAC is better, esp. since in the mobile environment depending on your config, CPU cycles aren't easy to come by... hard drive space is. Either one though will reverse and create the original WAV file, so if you want transcoding is very easy. For audiophiles (folks like me that drool at the sight of a Krell power amp and run like hell from Bose), FLAC is the only way to go.

    And that troll who said there's no diff above 160kb MP3? Grab a new set of ears. Even after numerous punk/ska shows and 2 years in drum corps, I can still hear the diff between a 320kb MP3 and the original source.

  5. #65
    Newbie Slaughterhouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Melbourne, FL
    Posts
    37
    AHHAHAH yea i just spend quite a few months ripping out my stock BOSE system out of my caddy to put in a real system. thanks guys. I'm guessing i need a special program to decode in FLAC? I think i'm probably going to go ahead wiht only the carputer and if i must ill add a h/u later.

  6. #66
    Low Bitrate Cat Monkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Kildare Ireland
    Posts
    102
    but when ye buy a high end system its there and it works sure but if you build a pc based system it will provide you with a new hobby give you insights into areas you might not have known existed and of course it is 100% upgradable.

    no one with lots of money can come along and say that car systems cool how much would it cost for me to have that or somthing better and have a straight answer given. a carputer is yours! there are so many different combos of hardware/software that a setup can be quite unique. custum pc building is a tad weak given a monkey could be trained to do it but custom car building (even if its just custom in-car entertainment like car puter) is a whole world of fun. carputer is the least geeky geek passtime to date .there is less room for pretencious 'computer experts' and more for the hands on types that carputer geeks should all aspire to become amen

  7. #67
    Low Bitrate Cat Monkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Kildare Ireland
    Posts
    102
    on sacd. sony is never gonna let there be a sacd rom drive they dont even let manufactures put full bandwidth digital outs on stand alone players its full BW analogue out and thats yer lot- fact of the matter is you are not allowed to have direct acces to whats on the disc cause they know as soon as ye do yer gonna archive it an spread it etc...

  8. #68
    Newbie Slaughterhouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Melbourne, FL
    Posts
    37
    OR!
    everythiing else u do too, like the high end system.
    Why stop at the only DIY project in your car being the carputer,
    do something challening and install a high end system yourself.
    MOst people that consider themselves an audiophiler do all the install themselves.

  9. #69
    Tainted Love Cris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    4,651
    Quote Originally Posted by Slaughterhouse
    MOst people that consider themselves an audiophiler do all the install themselves.
    Not necesarily. Do you think a thenor could install a system?

  10. #70
    Nic
    Nic is offline
    FLAC Nic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    1,047
    wtf is a thenor?
    Signature: [==||========] 20% complete

Similar Threads

  1. Perfect reletively cheap carputer complete system
    By Rafster in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-18-2004, 08:26 PM
  2. Powering Carputer & Audio System
    By XtReMaTriX in forum Power Supplies
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-31-2003, 06:20 PM
  3. GPS nav + low end carputer?
    By theedge in forum GPS
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-04-2003, 05:00 PM
  4. EBAY: Carputer system parts (Last Chance!)
    By Tim Georgi in forum Classified Archive
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-30-2003, 03:39 PM
  5. New system which will have a carputer attahced
    By dmazyn in forum Show off your project
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-29-2003, 08:58 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •