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  • How do you have your CarPC hooked up to your audio system?

    I'm sitting here reading through various posts and various web pages, and I'm noticing the different methods that people are using. it got me to thinking about how it might be nice to have a poll, just to get some ideas.

    So here goes!
    89
    From the onboard sound direct to aftermarket amps
    8.99%
    8
    From the onboard sound into the factory audio system
    12.36%
    11
    From the onboard sound to an aftermarket processor
    2.25%
    2
    From the onboard sound to a head unit
    17.98%
    16
    From a sound card via 1/8" phono to aftermarket amps
    22.47%
    20
    From a sound card via 1/8" phono to the factory audio system
    3.37%
    3
    From a sound card via 1/8" phono to an aftermarket processor
    5.62%
    5
    From a sound card via 1/8" phono to a head unit
    8.99%
    8
    From optical out to an aftermarket amp
    4.49%
    4
    From optical out to an aftermarket processor
    13.48%
    12
    Jan Bennett
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    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

  • #2
    In fact, I voted "optical" because there is no "coax" digital, which is what I use...
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    • #3
      My option is not there.

      "From a sound card via RCA to aftermarket amps"
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      • #4
        Yeah - 10 options puts a pretty big limit on the poll
        Jan Bennett
        FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

        Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Quattro View Post
          My option is not there.

          "From a sound card via RCA to aftermarket amps"
          What sounds card?
          Jan Bennett
          FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

          Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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          • #6
            phono normally means RCA connector, not 1/8". maybe you can remove that 1/8" phono part... whether through 1/8" stereo jack or RCA/phono is less important...

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            • #7
              I've seen it refered to as both ways...much like people refer to SPDIF as being both Digital RCA and/or Tos-Link
              Jan Bennett
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              Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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              • #8
                "From a sound card via 1/8" phono to aftermarket amps"

                Is how mine will be setup as soon as I get around to buying the Audigy 2 NX. In the meantime I'm scraping by on onboard which sucks exceedingly.
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                • #10
                  I believe that "Phono Plug" is generally considered the Correct terminology for the 1/8" and 1/4" single-shaft plugs (like the plugs on an electric guitar cable and amp.) I believe that this terminology came from the old Telephone switchboards that used this type of connector (though only a 1/4" mono plug) in their "patch" cables to route calls to the correct circuit or line.

                  "RCA" connectors are sometimes referred to as "RCA Phono" plugs, but AFAIK calling this just a "Phono" plug is not correct.

                  I don't have my Intel Mac Mini hooked up in a car yet as I'm planning to wait until I get a new car to start fresh with a new system...maybe the new Lotus Elise. I do have my home tower connected to my audio system with the Audigy ZS via a Toslink Optical cable and it's just okay for SQ, but that doesn't qualify me to enter the poll, lol.

                  I wish ESI would make an external USB version of the Juli@ for my Mac Mini! I was also thinking of trying the Optical out from the Mini sent to the Alpine PXA-H701 but I haven't had a chance to test this yet. I guess I should check the Mac Car threads, eh? I already have the Intel Mac Mini as a backup digital capture system for my studio and location photo shoots, otherwise I probably would go with a PC setup for my upcoming car install.

                  Wish I was at the point where I could participate in this poll! Sorry for taking up the bandwidth.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by bbfoto View Post
                    "RCA" connectors are sometimes referred to as "RCA Phono" plugs, but AFAIK calling this just a "Phono" plug is not correct.
                    I bet this usage originated because RCA plugs were frequently used to connect record players to the "Phono" jack on receivers in the old days...and eventually the terms became somewhat synonymous.

                    Just a guess though.

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                    • #12
                      I use an USB FM transmitter and just play the sounds over my radio

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by peijffertje View Post
                        I use an USB FM transmitter and just play the sounds over my radio
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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by bbfoto View Post
                          I believe that "Phono Plug" is generally considered the Correct terminology for the 1/8" and 1/4" single-shaft plugs (like the plugs on an electric guitar cable and amp.) I believe that this terminology came from the old Telephone switchboards that used this type of connector (though only a 1/4" mono plug) in their "patch" cables to route calls to the correct circuit or line.

                          "RCA" connectors are sometimes referred to as "RCA Phono" plugs, but AFAIK calling this just a "Phono" plug is not correct.
                          the other way around. RCA plug is also called phono because it was originally made for phonograph (record player) connections exclusively. the telephone connectors (1/4" or 1/8" mono plugs) are called phone jacks, not phono jacks.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
                            Hope you live in no-mans-land...
                            Nah,
                            I live in a very crowded over populated place and I watch PORN in my car all the time which makes very interesting radio broadcast.

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