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    I am planning out my car computer, and would like to do it without using a headunit, just to keep things as simple as possible.
    I have done a lot of searching, but haven't found the specific answer I'm looking for. (probably because I don't know the specific terms to use in this case)
    To connect a computer to an amp, what do I need to do to bring the inputs to a preamp level?
    I found several posts mentioning a DSP, but that's it. I want to use a small case, without a full size sound card. What are my options?

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    your soundcard outputs at preamp level all you need is a cable that plugs into your soundcard (3.5mm mini usually) and then the other end will plug into your amp (rca usually)

    it's in the faq btw :-)
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    • #3
      Originally posted by component View Post
      I am planning out my car computer, and would like to do it without using a headunit, just to keep things as simple as possible.
      I have done a lot of searching, but haven't found the specific answer I'm looking for. (probably because I don't know the specific terms to use in this case)
      To connect a computer to an amp, what do I need to do to bring the inputs to a preamp level?
      I found several posts mentioning a DSP, but that's it. I want to use a small case, without a full size sound card. What are my options?
      You can use on board sound output from the mobo. This FAQ shows how to hook it up:
      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/advf...iew&advfaqid=7

      Here is a tiny USB sound device:
      http://store.mp3car.com/Turtle_Beach..._p/com-019.htm
      ~Jimmy

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      • #4
        Thanks, thats exactly what I was looking for.

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        • #5
          Will all CarPCs that say Audio like this one http://www.mitxpc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=CPCI16VOOM2 have onboard Audio and can I hook up a 4CH amp and a Mono Amp for my sub?? and have 5.1 Sound? How do I know what place on the rear to hook the 1/8" jacks into? Sorry for the newbe question just need to know.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by srtbrian View Post
            Will all CarPCs that say Audio like this one http://www.mitxpc.com/proddetail.asp?prod=CPCI16VOOM2 have onboard Audio and can I hook up a 4CH amp and a Mono Amp for my sub?? and have 5.1 Sound? How do I know what place on the rear to hook the 1/8" jacks into? Sorry for the newbe question just need to know.
            5.1 is 5 channels plus a sub no? you would have 4.1 right?

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            • #7
              I have 6 Speakers for my mids but Im useing a 4CH amp and my dash 3" im hooking into one CH. and then A sub on its own Amp. I think a USB sound card would be best but cant get any good ideas from searching on what everyone is having good luck with

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              • #8
                i am still in the planning stages of my system and i also want to run without a headunit. computer straight to the amp.. i found this during my research but havent tested it or anything but specs look amasing. http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...on+EQS746.html altho this basically takes the place of a headunit it is much cheaper and perfect for what you want to do. i am planning on using the stock mobo sound run 1/8 to rca adapter to this crossover. the crossover then divides the signal into 6 channels front l/r rear l/r and subwoofer it has a 7 band equilizer which should provide plenty of tuning. a fader note you control left to right from computer volume control sub control plus an aux input for ipod or game system. the greatest feature of all that i love is the 7volt preamps it has cant be beatin... the only problem you face with this is were to mount..

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