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    laptop: which is better, USB audigy or pcmcia audigy?

    looking at using an inspiron 600m for a carputer -- what do people suggest, the usb audigy or the pcmcia one? they both seem to have about the same specs -- although since the USB one has a remote, do you think I could use a PAC switch to control the volume with my steering wheel stereo controls?
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    pcmcia if your laptop has the guts. im having truble powering my Audigy NX. also the remote is IR so you will need to have the box sitting out some where.

    EDIT: i did not read all the way thrue. I dont know about the PAC but it would be nice. I dont see why not.
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    no idea on the PAC unit, but the PCMCIA card is a better card for sound quality, the in and outs are TRUE optic....even though it says 1/8" phonojack, according to Creative when I emailed them about it, it's a true optic out, just with the metal ring around it to make it phono capable.....all you need is a 1/8" phono to tos-link adapter.....this is what I am doing in my car since my mobo has a pcmcia slot....haven't had a chance to try it out yet though....will be posting my findings once I try it though!
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    cool thanks guys -- assuming i went with pcmcia, is there any way to get my stereo volume control hooked in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6
    no idea on the PAC unit, but the PCMCIA card is a better card for sound quality, the in and outs are TRUE optic....even though it says 1/8" phonojack, according to Creative when I emailed them about it, it's a true optic out, just with the metal ring around it to make it phono capable.....all you need is a 1/8" phono to tos-link adapter.....this is what I am doing in my car since my mobo has a pcmcia slot....haven't had a chance to try it out yet though....will be posting my findings once I try it though!
    Could you explain that better?? I don't understand how u can take a physical
    metal connection (1/8" phono) to a toslink optical? unless your speaking of an actual
    optical to coaxial conversion board... but then the inputs on the card are not OPTICAL...
    Plus I've only seen coax to optic converters that require 110v...

    Just curious.. was thinking of switching to this card to see if it cures the LINE-IN probs
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    I don't know why everyone seems to like Creative, in my experience of their PCI cards they're terribly noisy and generally rubbish, if I was looking for a PCMCIA card I'd go for: http://www.turnkey.co.uk/tkweb/stock...GO&context=WEB or USB http://www.turnkey.co.uk/tkweb/stock...FX&context=WEB I know they're english links, but you know there are better sound cards than creative... just my 2 cents

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    They are quite nice - never seen em before. I like the volume control. Could take the card apart and hook it up to your dash but probably a bit risk with a 90 card!

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    Yeah that PCMCIA card from Echo is really nice, I used a similar version which had 1 in a 1 out on it for audio on my laptop, (the one in the link is just audio out), was very impressed. Pay for quality, you won't be disappointed! Compared to a creative it's miles apart, much better.

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    seems as though they ar eonly stereo out. would want to get a 4 channel hooked up to an amp so i could alter the fade and balance from the PC.

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    http://www.turnkey.co.uk/tkweb/stock...RO&context=WEB though I think I might of blown your budget at 175.99!! Still nice.

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