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    Full Surround Sound

    Has anyone tried putting sourround sound into their car? I know this might sound rediculous but i think it would be good for audio. I was planning on taking the digital out on Mac Mini and putting in receiver and using exisitng speakers and bass

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    It has been done. Although I don't know exactly how much you'll notice the difference because the space is too small, and you're not exactly sitting in the center either. But, overall, I do think it would be a nice difference to the stereo ones in the car (probably... )

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    Eh, I wouldnt want it. I end up running my car with only my front speakers, rears are turned off. In a space as small as the car, rear speakers just fight with the front speakers. Surround sound is made for a large room playing movies.

    Edit: Added website from a pretty smart speaker guy: http://www.betteraudio.com/Geolemon/...e/multiple.htm

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    you can place the sound exactly where you want

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    mine is 4 channel, I think it sounds great. I run software that came with my soundblaster XFI to simulate surrond for music (which is stereo) and DVD's and such are run in 4 channel surrond.

    The simulated surrond for music is great for the front passengers, there is allot of filler noise in the back, so the sound is not as good in the rear seats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JjSwee
    Eh, I wouldnt want it. I end up running my car with only my front speakers, rears are turned off. In a space as small as the car, rear speakers just fight with the front speakers. Surround sound is made for a large room playing movies.

    Edit: Added website from a pretty smart speaker guy: http://www.betteraudio.com/Geolemon/...e/multiple.htm
    Not really, the sound envirnment is very nice in a car. You just have to tune it.
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    4 speaker or 4.1 surround is great in a car depending...

    If you listen to mp3's and what not, hten stick with stereo, or at most add a center channel. Other than that, 4 speaker is great. Balance is your main concern. If you have the software, you can preset the balance for what's best if you're a passenger, a driver, or all. the guys in the back can suffer. 5.1 is pretty pointless, as others have said. You really don't want to add too many speakers. Physics and sound waves teaches you many things, one is the constructive and destructive properties of propogating waves, among things. after 4 speakers and asub, surround or not, you're just hurting yourself.
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    I'm planning to run a full Dolby Digital/DTS surround system in my car. I've purchased the new soundcard from Auzentech (the X-Plosion) that converts any 2-channel signal to a full Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound signal and sends it out via an optical port... then I'm going to run that to an Alpine MRA-F350 DSP DD/DTS amplifier.

    Hopefully it'll sound pretty good after some tuning. I'll post some pics of it and such when I get it. I'm going to be hooking up the carputer to my home receiver to see how it sounds on my 5.1 surround setup.... maybe that'll give me a good idea how it will sound in the car. Good luck!
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    How would you tune the MRA-F350? Or would you just be tuning the EQ (if any) via the carputer?

    I'm askin cuz i'm thinking about going this route as well.. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maded
    How would you tune the MRA-F350? Or would you just be tuning the EQ (if any) via the carputer?

    I'm askin cuz i'm thinking about going this route as well.. thanks!
    The sound card has TONS of options. I haven't played around with it much, but I plan to soon. I'll get back to you.

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