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  • CarPC & 5.1 Surround sound ??

    hi, i was advised to get on here and ask for some help.

    i'm installing a carPC in my 1973 MGBGT and was wondering how feasable, expensive/inexpensive it would be to have 5.1 surround sound in it.

    i'm spending/have spent alot of money on the car so far with body and engine mods etc. i'm looking for a nice SQ system and i thought 5.1 would just add some more class to it

    I can use an external USB creative X-Fi HD soundcard for the output from the carPC and would just like some cost options and rough idea how difficult the setup is going to be.

    thanks in advance.

    please be gentle, i'm a complete n00b at sound systems other than plugging them in.

  • #2
    I really don't think a 5.1 setup is right for that car. 5.1 is really only for theatre sound watching movies I can't see you being able to stage it reasonably well in an MG. A good SQ setup usually consists of only a front stage. The extra money you were going to put into all of the extra speakers & amps can be used to improve upon the front stage speakers and amp. You asked for opinions, this is just mine for what it is worth!
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    • #3
      +1

      with that car, i'd make sure the motor was too loud for a stereo..

      anyways, phil summed it up nicely, but i'll add a little. unless you are consistently listening to 5.1 encoded audio material, most of the extra parts will either not work with standard stereo audio, or will require even more parts to get all the speakers working all the time.

      the other issue with 5.1 setups is speaker spacing relative to your seating position becomes critical. first, cars are not wide enough to provide a true speaker-ear spacing, second, all the seating positions are wrong for a truly immersive experience-- as the driver, your too close to the left speaker, and your passenger is too close to the right speaker, and neither of you are on a center line with the center speaker...


      i used to insist on running all the speakers until i started experimenting with just my front stage-- honestly, my car sounds better with just front speakers+sub, then it ever sounded with front+rear speakers... not to mention, it is a whole lot easier to setup, and there are less point sources..
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      • #4
        What are you going to use the other 3 channels for? Music is only recorded in 2 channels so unless you use some sort of splitter algorithm in the software which will degrade the music, you're going to be wasting 3 speakers with dead air.
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        • #5
          ok fair enough, looks like i'll just spend more on a good SQ setup and forget the 100 soundcard

          any opinions on the best kit to get prefer 8" subs

          thx.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Maheriano View Post
            What are you going to use the other 3 channels for? Music is only recorded in 2 channels so unless you use some sort of splitter algorithm in the software which will degrade the music, you're going to be wasting 3 speakers with dead air.
            it is feasible, just not really practical at all..

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            http://www.kvraudio.com/get/2153.html

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            • #7
              Certainly going to be difficult to notice in an MG. I had 5.1 in my extremely loaded suburban, and it worked great for watching dvds on the big flip down and sitting in the back seat... Otherwise, eh... Center channel speakers are a pain to mount in most cars anyways! I agree with everyone else, spend the money on a great set of front stage components, build some kickpanels for some 8" midbass up front, run a well designed box with a pair of good 10s in the back... Oh, and cover every square inch of that little car with dynamat or equivalent. The only chance you will have to even hear the stereo is major sound deadening.
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              • #8
                ^^ agreed, i've put a rover T16 turbocharged engine into it so it's gonna be LOUD

                thx for the advice

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