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    Laptop Sound Card

    Hey Guys,

    I have installed my laptop for use as a carputer and am wondering what my best options are for a sound card. Like the idea of USB for the ease of use and also because I am using all of my PCMIA slots currently. What is the best bang for the buck? Mainly I need just one good line out to run to the rca's for my alpine cda 9855 hu.

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    what's wrong with onboard?

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    Is there something wrong with the onboard sound? I would try that first and if it isn't up to snuff, then try a usb solution.
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    well for one the headphone and line out jacks are a little worn + i was looking for something with some improved sound quality.

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    in my opinion the sound quality is more dependent upon the amplifier and speakers rather than the soundcard. Plug it in to your amp and speakers I'm sure you'll be fine with the sound. And about the connectors being worn, unless they're worn to the point that the sound is cutting out (connection is being lost) I'm sure it will be fine. Your call though...

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    Well, I was hoping to bypass all the background noise I am getting from my computer and still utilize my headunit. I just don't like how loose the jack is with the line plugged in.

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    the on board sound is NOT adequate if you are looking for GOOD sound.

    The voltage level is too low, thus the sound floor is too low and will allow for too much interference.

    I'm currently using the Audigy PCMCIA card with a 1/8" -> Tos-Link adapter out to optical into the Alpine PXA-H701 processor and am finally happy with the sound.

    The on board sound is only about .5v output, which is too low into an amplifier for decent sound.

    However, it all depends on what decent sound is to you.

    Previously, I was running onboard sound to a seperate EQ and was absolutely not pleased with the sound quality, I ditched the set-up and went with the current one and am very happy with it.

    One thing to consider in here is that the majority of these people are 100% happy with a stock system in their cars and wouldn't want anything more, then there are people like myself who would not consider every leaving a stock system in a car they own....depending on which category you fall into will determine the advice you take

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    I would say I am in the same category as you, It would be a shame for me to run an alpine cda9855 hu 1200 watts to 2 10" subs and alpine type r components and have all that interference. So you think the audigy is the way to go?

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    I went with the card I did because my board has a PCMCIA slot, I don't have room for a PCI card as they are too tall and I have no way to secure it as I'm not running a case, and I refused to go anything but optical as it's the most pure way to transmit sound in this case IMO...so the Audigy was the best option for me....I'm ALWAYS open to other new products though, if they fit my needs.

    I can't tell you that you should go this way or that way, but I will say that I'm happy with the results I have gotten with the Audigy. I could recomend it. There are other, better cards out there, but as far as I know, this is the only one that I know of that meets all of my needs.

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