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    Is this possible?

    Is it possible to run a car pc and a sub off an aftermarket hu. Id rather run everything off a nice pioneer or alpine hu is possible, vs messing with sound cards. So id like to use the touch screen for controls, but use the hu for the sound stuff?

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    yes it is very possible..i have a stock bose system in my escalade...id have to cut rewire and buy a 4 channel amp if i wanted to go str8 from carpc to amps...too much hassle for me..so i extended my radio wires..installed a pioneer headunit to my factory system..sounds great by the way..bought the aux input cord for the pioneer and hooked up my sound str8 to the aux input on the pioneer..this way if my carpc is ever out of commision i can still use am fm and cd...but hey to each his own..just giving you idea on what i did!

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    yeah. Thanks man. Just before you replied, did some more reading, and just like you said, all i need is a hu with a aux input, and i can hook up my pc to the hu. Question though, i still need to buy a good sound card though right? Isnt the sound that i hear from the pc still gonna be processed buy the pc's sound card, and not the HU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackjohnson24
    yeah. Thanks man. Just before you replied, did some more reading, and just like you said, all i need is a hu with a aux input, and i can hook up my pc to the hu. Question though, i still need to buy a good sound card though right? Isnt the sound that i hear from the pc still gonna be processed buy the pc's sound card, and not the HU?
    You're going to need a soundcard to output signals for either a HU with aux input or amplifier tale.

    Any subwoofer is going to need an amplifier to power it, headunits can try, but it will damage them over time, and they don't have enough power to push them.
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    Yeah, of course i know i'll need a amp for the sub heh. Just wanted to know if it mattered what sound card i got, since im using a aftermarket hu, or will the sound i get still depend on how good a sound card i go with?

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    im using my onboard sound...i used onboard on my first carpc which i sold and it was really nice..to me atleast..and the new one i built sounds just the same...i like nice clear sound but im not into competing or anything..if i was id have a whole lot more to mysetup..im not too sure about how much of a difference it makes..i hope that might help you out..my onboard sound is just fine tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackjohnson24
    Yeah, of course i know i'll need a amp for the sub heh. Just wanted to know if it mattered what sound card i got, since im using a aftermarket hu, or will the sound i get still depend on how good a sound card i go with?
    It wont matter hardly at all. Mostly it will be the options you're after on a sound card, such as surround sound, or other outputs.
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    Thats the thing, since im gonna be using a head unit, i wont really need ne options as my subs and amp will be hooked up to the hu, and the only output i'll need is the output from the soundcard to the aux port. If im understand everything correctly.

    My question really is, since im using a hu, will a on board soundcard for instance give me the same sound as a nice sb audigy etc, or will the sound card make a difference in the sound even though im using a Hu?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackjohnson24
    My question really is, since im using a hu, will a on board soundcard for instance give me the same sound as a nice sb audigy etc, or will the sound card make a difference in the sound even though im using a Hu?
    No.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackjohnson24
    My question really is, since im using a hu, will a on board soundcard for instance give me the same sound as a nice sb audigy etc, or will the sound card make a difference in the sound even though im using a Hu?
    Maybe. Depending on what onboard sound you are reffering to. Generally, there is no difference whether sound card is of PCI version, or it is of onboard type which in fact uses same PCI interface. The quality of any sound card is determined by sound processor it utilizes and quality of passive componnents surrounding sound chip. This is valid for both onboard and PCI sound cards.

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