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    ive just bought a 6 grand sound system and hoping to hook it up to a carputer.

    a head unit costs me around 2500 so i thought why not get a carputer for the same price.

    my question though is how will sound quality compare to a properly manufactered headunit because i dont really wanna spend the money and have anything short of digital clarity.

  • #2
    If you have a good sound card, you can compete with any HU easily in terms of SQ.

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    • #3
      Lets put it this way.

      Many Recording studios use computers now-a-days with high fidelity sound cards/breakout options. So yes a carputer can compete with a head unit.

      The challenge is tying it all in. A Carputer is not a simple drop in solution. It takes alot of time, money, and work to get everything working right.

      what system did you buy? Is it all from one vendor? Wth that kindof money i'd be looking at a Focal Utopia Be series *drool*
      Car : 00' Chrysler 300M
      Speakers : Rainbow Audio SLC 265 | Subs : Diamond Audio D6 12" Subs X2
      Amp's : Hifonics ZXi 6006 AB | Hifonics BXi 1606 D
      CarPC: HP Laptop AMD Sempron 3000+ | 1.5GB RAM | DVD+RW | 80GB 5400RPM HD | ATI R200 Video

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      • #4
        this should be proof in the pudding:
        RedGTiVR6--
        2X USACi Intermediate Consumer World Champion ('06 & '05) and Best of Show ('05)

        (she runs a car computer)
        New System in progress:
        M10k
        Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
        Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
        Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
        Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
        Transflective Xenarc

        My Car Pc Install
        My Boat Pc worklog

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        • #5
          - we'll see how well a PC can compete after this year...now that I'm moving to the Advanced Pro class...

          This thread would also interest you:

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=40351

          and this one:

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=90194

          and this one:

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=88359

          and this one:

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=54355

          and this one:

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=55635

          and this one:

          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=43747

          I'll just stop there...

          btw - what equipment are you running?
          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
            Originally posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
            I'll just stop there...
            you forgot the most important one:
            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/search.php

            New System in progress:
            M10k
            Phaze TD1500 ~> Dynaudio MD130
            Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
            Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
            Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
            Transflective Xenarc

            My Car Pc Install
            My Boat Pc worklog

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            • #7
              I figured that would become evident...hehe
              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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              • #8
                I'd say sticky those all in one post and throw it in either the FAQ or Car audio or both.

                BTW, at some point we are going to sticky that software options for tuning right?
                System always under construction


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                • #9
                  I figured we would do it once we have it working. Till then....we're getting too many stickeys in this forum

                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
                    I figured we would do it once we have it working. Till then....we're getting too many stickeys in this forum

                    TRUE. I realized that when I was going to suggest a sound dampening sticky as well. Those are definitely FAQ but more car audio related but I am sure no one would ever search for them.
                    System always under construction


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                    • #11
                      Maybe a sub forum in here that would house nothing but Car Audio specifc FAQs?

                      wonder how much that would actually be used?
                      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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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RedGTiVR6 View Post
                        Maybe a sub forum in here that would house nothing but Car Audio specifc FAQs?

                        wonder how much that would actually be used?
                        Ya that's a toughy. I wonder if would open the door for the non-carputer car audio people to muck it up. But then again, I think the non-carputer people are curious about the whole carpc idea and are just afraid to actually try it and wander in anyways.

                        Ok enough thread hijacking for me. This might be more suited for a discussion in the Suggestions subforum?
                        System always under construction


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                        • #13
                          the thing is im going to be spending around 2.5g just in installation including sound deading and everything.

                          would i need extra custom work to get it to work with a carpc?

                          ive got a full alpine system 3 Type R subs 4 amps and 3 way splits.

                          so its a very extreme sound system.

                          i just wanna know will it all connect up correcctly?

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                          • #14
                            ... you paid 6000 and your running 3 type R's.......
                            Car : 00' Chrysler 300M
                            Speakers : Rainbow Audio SLC 265 | Subs : Diamond Audio D6 12" Subs X2
                            Amp's : Hifonics ZXi 6006 AB | Hifonics BXi 1606 D
                            CarPC: HP Laptop AMD Sempron 3000+ | 1.5GB RAM | DVD+RW | 80GB 5400RPM HD | ATI R200 Video

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                            • #15
                              i wouldnt say just 3 type Rs.

                              its all custom work with fibre glass everywhere, behind glass with lights and everything.

                              and im talkin 6000 AUD not US

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