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  • Best SQ way to connect laptop to deck?

    Hey guys,

    Looking to move to a more SQ setup, already got my low end covered but not my front end (1500.1 Arc Audio / 2x Diamond M6 12").

    I've been using my Kenwood deck with a line out to my laptop to play sound to it. I'd like to continue using a cd player to connect to my laptop, as I don't *always* have my laptop with me.

    Are there any decks that have AV/RCA inputs that I could use to connect an external soundcard up with? As a line in isn't exactly the best sounding connection. I've yet to see any sort of deck with this feature.

    If there are not any decks like this, what are my options?

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    You're looking for something along the lines of Pioneer P-bus inputs. (other mfg's have their own as well) You can get P-bus adapters ranging from iPod connectivity to RCA in's.

    Now, on the laptop side, you may want to look into something more along the lines of a decent-quality DAC.
    Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by thekl0wn View Post
      You're looking for something along the lines of Pioneer P-bus inputs. (other mfg's have their own as well) You can get P-bus adapters ranging from iPod connectivity to RCA in's.

      Now, on the laptop side, you may want to look into something more along the lines of a decent-quality DAC.
      what he said+ rca cables/components do not have that much better quality over a stereo headphone cable, but getting a better sound card will definatly improve the performance.

      rca interconnects are just that. interconnects. and good quality interconects, wheather using battery binding posts or stereo headphone jacks, should never change the sound that they are transmitting.
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      • #4
        The only issues I've found are finding decent stereo cables (headphone type)... SQ difference or not, the super-cheap thin cabling scares me.
        Play with it, 'til it's broke.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by thekl0wn View Post
          The only issues I've found are finding decent stereo cables (headphone type)... SQ difference or not, the super-cheap thin cabling scares me.
          the retractable cables are even worse(i even had one once-- there are about 4 strands of something like 40 gauge copper on each +/- side of the cable)...

          most radioshack cables are fine, IMO, expensive monster cable interconnects are worth-less- really, they shouldn't cost soo much... (i own 2 variations- and have hated them more than anything). the really cheap, and the really expensive rca interconnects all like to use twisted stranded pair wires (i am sure there is a difference in quality and what not, but i don't feel that they are worth my time.) i still think that the absolute best audio interconnect cable that you can buy, in any price range is built like this: a center positive conductor, surrounded by a shield that carries the negative signal.

          and most mid range cables use this build.
          My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
          "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


          next project? subaru brz
          carpc undecided

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