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    Hello guys. So i was wandering, but i dont think i have the qualifications to decide what is best or why...

    I have a car stereo (Pioneer Deh 5100-UB) withs i think is quite good..
    I also use a car-pc, witch now has an on-board sound card (Realtel ALC 887 8-chanel HD audio codec)
    But i also think of getting a better one cause i need it since i use Speech Recognition so the better...


    Right now i have an aux cable from the speaker jack in pc ---> car stereo aux-in --> amplifier--> speakers.

    So i was wandering, is it better to use all that or, directly connect speakers and amplifier with the pc sound card? and is there a way to get RC connections somehow from the sound card??all have just one jack, despite the channels...

  • #2
    Can't you just buy an Mini Jack to RCA cable? On one end you'll have a headphone jack, on the other end you'll have 2 RCA's - white and red, for left and right channels. I don't know much about amplifiers, but if yours only has one set of inputs, you'll have to find a way to switch between your car stereo and your PC. If your car pc performs all the necessary operations of your car stereo anyways - am/fm/mp3/CDs - then you can do away with the stereo completely.
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    • #3
      I've struggled with this for some time too, as in the "what to do" question, not with the actual wiring of it all.

      I also have a higher end Pioneer stereo, and I love the built in crossover, EQ control, sub control, FIE, etc. Since I like to listen to a wide range of different music, I find myself constantly switching those parameters around. While I know I can do it all on the computer as well, it's just far easier (for me) to do it all on the head unit. Although, if there was a plugin for Centrafuse that would allow me to quickly switch sound profiles, that would negate the need for the head unit....

      I also like the ability to immediately switch on the AM/FM radio, and frankly, the cost of the radio tuners for the computer that are compatible with Centrafuse or Ride Runner I think are just stupid expensive, plus it seems like the reception is far better on even cheap car stereos compared to any of the computer radios. Of course, YMMV.

      Whether it's better or not to include the head unit I would say is a matter of personal preference. Some people are going to like it there, others not.

      Are you sure you only have one output on the sound card? Even the cheap onboard sound cards typically have multiple outputs for the surround features - green for front left/right, black for rear left/right, orange for center/sub and potentially a brown for the panning speaker (which wouldn't normally be used in our installations). It's possible (though unlikely) that you should have a pigtail for these, that would plug into one socket on the board, then breaking out to the various speaker connections.

      As far as connecting the sound card to the amp, look for something like this - http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=3909621 Radio Shack has several different varieties, as would just about any other store that deals with electronics - Best Buy, Frys, etc. I've even gotten them at Wal-Mart.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by urbex View Post
        Whether it's better or not to include the head unit I would say is a matter of personal preference. Some people are going to like it there, others not.
        that about sums up my opinion..

        i think that each solution brings some different options to the table--carpc's have capabilities that can extend well beyond what any head unit can do..

        but in the same respect, headunits are a very cheap, more-solid option for basic audio needs.

        on the basic-install level, i don't believe that either offers better/worse sound quality then the other. and either solution could be easily upgraded/changed to beat the other in terms of sound quality if you wanted to..
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        • #5
          well you guys actually sed what i have in my mind...
          the sound card needs a "HD to front panel"usually on desktops.i was planing to get it:>
          My only concern was for the sound quallity.imost of all prefer to have both of em. but since they are connected with aux cable i feared that they loose quallity.. i also know about the cable that has one end,headphone and on the other RC. But isint it ,like the video cables??(HDD has way less than HDMI and so on??..)
          If there is no loss in using both (EVEN with a high end sound card witch i might consider buying in future, for speech recognition) then i definetly go for both! but is there?

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          • #6
            cables only contain copper conductors-- the way the cable is made, and number of conductors that don't really affect the type of signal that it can carry.

            but the number of conductors can play a part in what devices it can connect to..


            in most cases, the cables will not make a difference. unless you have a very sensitive ear, or high-end setup(have you ever considered buying drivers costing in excess of $500?)



            now, with every connection, you will loose some clarity-- this is due to the small amount of resistance that every connection presents. but in most cases, this small loss is to small to measure without expensive testing equipment.
            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


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            carpc undecided

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            • #7
              Buying a cheap 1/8th to RCA splitter can affect quality, as the cheap ones are not shielded so you may get some interference, but that's about the only different that would make.
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              • #8
                ok cool. thats something i didint knew! my amplifier has 2 imputs, and my car 4.1 with soon- more so i could conect the pc for suround... But one last thing. my stereo has virtual saround and staff... will it make diference if i ocnnect the sppeakers to the deferent jacks of pc with RC//// or if i just use the AUX headphone to stereo?(No RC input on stereo)

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                • #9
                  i would try to keep audio tone differences between sources as close as possible-- so that means keeping the pc's eq settings flat, and turning off any pc surround effects.

                  from there, you can feel free to play with anything in the head unit-- this way, any settings you change will sound the same no matter if your listening to the radio, cd, or pc..
                  My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                  "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                  next project? subaru brz
                  carpc undecided

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                  • #10
                    ok, thanks man!

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                    • #11
                      I have a realtek card and the drivers are ****. I use srs audio sandbox installed on the pc and it does all my audio processing and sounds great now.
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