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    Ok... I'm nearly ready for the carputer to go in the car... and now that Centrafuse has been updated with the latest Aussie Maps I've got renewed energy again...

    Now I've decided I want to remove my headunit completely... I was going to mount it down in front of my gear stick, but there really isn't enough depth, and it would be too hard to make a custom mount that looks factory... so I think I'm better off completely replacing my headunit...

    So I'll have a 4 channel 4x100W Response (Jaycar) Amp (at least for the time being until I can afford to get a better amp) for the front and rear speakers, and then the 820W Response Monoblock for my sub, so I'll need 5 channels, and my current motherboard only has 2 channel out, so I could use splitters to split it into all the channels but that would give no tuneability... so I'm wanting to get a decent 5.1 sound card (probably USB2) that can run direct into the amps... Maybe via a preamp? so that I can have hardware volume control... options??

    I'm thinking I may add a HQTi at a later stage if I miss having AM/FM radio... but I rarely use radio anyway atm so I'll wait and see for that one...

    So I need recommendations for a soundcard and maybe a preamp...

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    what kind of tune-ability are you looking for?
    i know your ditdching the radio, but have you considered remote mounting the faceplate of a removable-faceplate radio?

    balance/fade controls are really case-by-case. some sound cards support sending a stereo audio signal to the front and rear outputs, others don't.

    there are a couple of options for a hardware volume control..

    uyou can use something like this-- some of these have fade controls as well:

    there is also the stand-alond volume controls like this-- the disadvantage is that these require the audio signal to go through them, so if the amps, and carpc ar in back, you have to run a lot of cable:

    and then there is my (pricey) favorite:

    i did a review on them in the review section so you can read that for more details..

    those are the basic options, just don't feel locked into any of the brands--most other brands make similar equipment..
    My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
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