4-way active audiophile sound system
I've been doing some searching and it appears that the flaw of most CarPuter setups is that there isn't any crossover software. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
There appears to be a few solutions for equalization and time alignment although I'm not so sure how well they work and whether I can use the alignment and audio outputs in stereo-mode (opposed to 7.1 surround sound) but I can do more searching on that later.
Now if I axe 4-way time alignment I can simply output a 2-ch signal from the CarPuter and pipe it into a crossover such as the AudioControl 4XS which can split the signal 4 ways and is capable of a high pass, two bandpass, and lowpass configuration. I'm not sure there is another analog unit on the market that can do this. I guess that would suffice but the signal wouldn't be as pure as coming directly from the DAC on the CarPuter. In this scenario I'd like to stay away from the digital crossovers/processors because they would be resampling the audio signal and converting it a second time and I'd be better off scratching the CarPuter and forking over the dough for a high end deck such as the Clarion DRZ9255 which has a 4-way crossover, time alignment, and a PEQ.
Another option I see is to output an optical signal from the CarPuter and send it to a high-end car audio processor with its own DAC. Again, this defeats the purpose of having the CarPuter in the first place (other than for storing more music) because I'd still have to pay for an expensive audio component. This option also has its flaws because there are discussions about whether these units will accept an optical input from a non-propriatery component.
The final option would be to buy a slew of crossovers so that I can keep the signal from the CarPuter active. I am looking but I don't see anything on the Market to do this.
So none of these options are very elegant. Has anyone else come up with a better solution? Is anyone at least running 3-way active from their CarPuter? If so, how did you do it?