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  • What do u use for an amp/head unit ?

    Just wondering how u guys route your audio ?

    DO u use the factory head unit ? if so where do u move it.


    Ive been thinking of using the factory head unit with the AUX input.
    This will allow me to keep features like steering wheel controls.
    Just trying to figure out where I would move it to.



    I will need to move my A/C controls down a little to fit the screen.



    Chris Armstrong
    www.ChrisAndNat.com

  • #2
    I run 3 cables (that's 6 RCAs) to my two amplifiers. I ditched the head unit because the computer plays CDs, stores all my music, and has a nice interface anyway. I went ahead and sold the head unit for cash. Besides, the sound quality is better if you skip the head unit.
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    • #3
      how do you route your carputer to the amp?

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      • #4
        I don't have my carputer up and running yet but can say I will be doing the same as lgbr... I ditched my stocker headunit awhile back and will be running RCA's to the rear for my 6.1 surround sound... total of four amplifiers. No need for a headunit. Just my opinion of course.

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        • #5
          Well I was thinking ditch the head unit and using a computer 5.1 speaker setup.

          Just worried it wont be loud enough.
          Chris Armstrong
          www.ChrisAndNat.com

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          • #6
            Coachreed. I am very interested in doing the same type of setup. I was going to get a headunit, but now i may not since i will have little room. I am sure this has been answered somewhere else, but can you tell me how you rand the RCA cables from the amps to the Audigy? I am using a Audigy 2 NX external. I am assuming I need a y adapter to link the RCA cables (left and right) to the single inputs of the Audigy.
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            • #7
              Audigy outputs connect to a Y-Cable that converts to female RCAs. Then use standard male-male RCA cables to hook up to amp. Put your Audigy as close to your amp as possible. This will minimize the cance of you picking up interference in your RCA cables. If you want 2,4,5,6,7 channels then you just need more Y-cables and amplifier channels.
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              • #8
                not sure... but u might also want/need a pre-amp/equalizer... so u can easly control the volume and well... the equalizer if u so desire...

                correct me if/where im wrong

                but that would be the easiest way... right?
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                • #9
                  You don't need anything else. If you want external volume control or equalization, then yes, you could also install a preamp with a volume control. You could also buy a POT and a few parts at radio shack and make up your own external volume control, if you want.

                  I just use (and trust) the software for volume control. I fully expect a software crash to completely blow out my speakers (and eardrums) one day soon.
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                  • #10
                    i use a griffin power mate to control volume it works fine, plus i have a 3 way switch mounted on my dash, i can switch everything in my boot between connected to ignition, straight power, or off, this means i get out of the car at the servo and i can switch it to "on" therefore everything stays on for the time i go and fuel up, this doubles as protection of a major fault, i can switch it to off and my amps will switch off. My computer goes straight to my cadence amps 1x300wRMS for the sub 4x60wRMS for the fronts and rears. Having the extigy box in the boot means i can use short rca's straight to the amps
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                    • #11
                      nice, (thanks again rando). I was going to use a griffen powermate for the volume control and no need for an EQ. I will let the pc software take care of that.

                      I have not completed my build yet and I really like your idea of a switch NIC. Escpecially when I get out to fuel up or any other time i would like to keep the pc on. I guess I am not 100% sure I understand your set up and 3 point settings on the switch. Is there a post or forum that you go into detail on this or can you expand further? I am great with computers but not so great with the electornic/power piece. If you can just clarify for a newbee. Thanks!!
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                      • #12
                        Just to be clear, the powermate is just another input device to the computer. You're still relying on software for volume control in that case. The override switch will work but perhaps not in time to prevent speaker damage (or an accident). If you're truly paranoid, the only real solution is a physcial volume knob of some sort.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ChrisAndNat
                          Well I was thinking ditch the head unit and using a computer 5.1 speaker setup.

                          Just worried it wont be loud enough.
                          It will be. I'm going to be deaf by fourty, guarenteed.
                          Audio Rockford Fosgate: 900 Watt 4-channel amp, 501bd Mono amp
                          Computer AMD 2400+ XP, 1 GB DDR RAM, Orbit Micro 250W DC-DC PSU

                          Head units are for cheaters!
                          sure some girls fake orgasms.....but it's guys like me who fake the whole relationship

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rando
                            Just to be clear, the powermate is just another input device to the computer. Your still relying on software for volume control in that case. The override switch will work but perhaps not in time to prevent speaker damage (or an accident). If you're truly paranoid, the only real solution is a physcial volume knob of some sort.
                            i can turn of the switch in a quicker time than it would take to rotate a physical volume control, so therefore wouldnt this option actually be better in this sense.
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                            • #15
                              Not really. With a volume knob, your unlikely to have the volume too high in the first place. With software, it only takes one bug or one rogue program that insists on cranking your volume to 100% to pop your speakers. The damage can be done long before you can reach over and throw the switch.

                              One way to make this a bit safer is to turn the gain on your amps down such that your speakers can survive a full volume input from your PC. In this case, it's only your ears that will suffer until you throw your switch. In my case, even with the gain on my amps all the way down, my system is more than capable of blowing my shi**y factory speakers. With some decent upgrades, I'm sure I'd be fine.
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