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    For those of you who have a SB Audigy or Audigy 2 soundcard I wanted to know if you use it direct to your amps. How well does the variable subwoofer crossover work? What about playing standard 2 channel audio... how well does the Audigy do at mixing the 2 channel audio to 4 channels in the car + subwoofer?
    Can it also do this "upmixing" on the line in audio? (which I will use for a FM tuner or XM tuner).

    I am asking this because I am contimplating totally removing my HU soon... doing so will allow me to achive a more "factory" look, and make my limited dash space less crowded.

    On a side note:
    I tried using the M-10000 Via AC97' 6 channel output, for the front+rear+sub and was unhappy with the sound and LACK of decent software to do any mixing/crossover. I am hoping the audigy 2 is what I want and need!

    Any comments appreciated!

  • #2
    I picked up the M-Audio Sonica Theatre, you might want to check that out. It lets to adjust each speaker lever, you can have up to 8 speakers (7.1) and it has crossover adjust points for each speaker pair. The best part, its USB, so I can run the USB to the amp, and use short RCAs from the amp to the USB soundcard (mini-jacks on that end).

    I've only listened to it on headphones (waiting final install), but it will mix 2 channels into whatever using circle surround.

    It was about $80 or so at newegg.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by phc
      I picked up the M-Audio Sonica Theatre, you might want to check that out. It lets to adjust each speaker lever, you can have up to 8 speakers (7.1) and it has crossover adjust points for each speaker pair. The best part, its USB, so I can run the USB to the amp, and use short RCAs from the amp to the USB soundcard (mini-jacks on that end).

      I've only listened to it on headphones (waiting final install), but it will mix 2 channels into whatever using circle surround.

      It was about $80 or so at newegg.

      Thanks for the valuable info... i'm going to look into it. What configuration to you plan to use it in in your car?
      I want to do 3 channel (Right + Left + Sub) or 5 channel (Left Front + Right Front; Left Rear + Right Rear; Sub). I just need my ears to decide what sounds best!

      One possible problem with the M-Audio Sonica Theatre is that I don't know if it does "upmixing" to 4 or 5 channels from the 2 channel analog audio input (line in jack) in real time. I need that capability for my FM tuner and XM tuner.

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      • #4
        I have Audigy on my desktop and Audigy 2 in the car.
        Audigy is up-mixing to 4 or 5 channels from the 2 channel analog audio input (line in jack) in real time. I'm sure because I'm using it for DVDs played on my laptop and the sound goes to the Audigy's line in.
        I guess Adigy 2 will do it as well. I don't now. I have no other audio sources yet.
        I'm using Audigy 2 5.1 audio in my car to 4-chanel amp for fronts and rears and Bass redirection to bridged 2-chanel amp for the subwoofer. Sounds really good and I have complete subwoofer control which is very important if you have different quality mp3s. The only thing I don't like about this setup is I can't get the center chanel to the front speakers(no option for that in Audigy controls). I'm getting it on the subwoofer when DVD 5.1 is played. I have an idea how to resolve this problem but haven't try it yet.
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        • #5
          Looking at page 26 of the manual,
          http://www.m-audio.com/support/manua...ter_manual.pdf
          it looks like the input can only be routed to the front left & right outputs.

          I'm not set up in the car yet, but I do plan on running a 4 channel amp to the 4 door speakers (front & rear). I also will be adding a sub at some point - soon as where I figure out where I can put it and still have room for my 220 lb battlebot.

          You might look into the XM PCR - ah nope, just checked it, it has a USB interface to the PC, but an audio cable to your soundcard.

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          • #6
            What do you guys think about this
            link :http://www.m-audio.com/products/consumer/revolution.php

            How does it compare to an audigy?
            If i decide not to use the onboard audio, whats the best board?Audigy/Audigy 2 / m-audio.revolution 7.1.

            Thanks
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            • #7
              I'm also looking to buy an External sound card, so let me know what you guys find out. I'm still not sure if i want to set up my car in 5.1 or not. The only time it would be useful is for watching dvd's, but that won't happen to much. I might just stick to left, right, and subs.

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              • #8
                I'm also looking to buy an External sound card, so let me know what you guys find out. I'm still not sure if i want to set up my car in 5.1 or not. The only time it would be useful is for watching dvd's, but that won't happen to much. I might just stick to left, right, and subs.

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                • #9
                  Any update on this? I am about to buy a sound card for my new car pc and I need to determine the answers to these questions first (considering Audigy 2 and Revolution with Revolution as a first pick):

                  Will the Revolution upsample the line in from a head unit (for radio input) to 4.1?
                  I think this should be possible with Circle Surround II but what about other surround modes?
                  How do these sound?
                  Is a stereo 4.1 instead of surround sound 4.1 suported if I wanted that instead?

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                  • #10
                    the audigy 2 nx upsamples to 4.1, if that's any help. Infact, it upsamples to as many channels as you've got plugged in.
                    car computer rev 5: 8" lilliput and usual suspects

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                    • #11
                      i just put a audigy 2 nx to replace my m9000 onboard sound, and it's quite nice.

                      pro's (so far)
                      -no super loud speaker thump when powering off computer (just a little one now)
                      -better sound quality
                      -main volume control.. not just front and rear
                      -soundcard eq

                      con
                      -uses a usb port that i could use for something else
                      -needs 5v (grabbed it off a drive connector)
                      Car: 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S
                      Mods: Yep
                      Carputer: VIA M9000 | Opus 150 | 512MB PC2100 | 60GB Notebook HD | Slim/Slot DVD/CDRW | Audigy2NX | Xenarc 700TSV | (2) DSCustoms DS700HRS (in trunk) | SMC USB 802.11b | CoPilot | DLink FM tuner | Cliffnet

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 00CericaRuss
                        con
                        -uses a usb port that i could use for something else
                        -needs 5v (grabbed it off a drive connector)
                        I'm assuming you had to open up the case to supply the 5 volts, that's an expensive piece of equipmen to void that fast. Is that just off of a standarad molex, the black and red [black being gnd red being 5v (I'm almost positive yellow is the 12v. line, correct me if wrong)] connecting to the + and gnd of the unit? Is this correct, and do you have pictures of how you did it if it's not what you did.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Pudge
                          I'm assuming you had to open up the case to supply the 5 volts, that's an expensive piece of equipmen to void that fast. Is that just off of a standarad molex, the black and red [black being gnd red being 5v (I'm almost positive yellow is the 12v. line, correct me if wrong)] connecting to the + and gnd of the unit? Is this correct, and do you have pictures of how you did it if it's not what you did.
                          Nope, the nx has a dc input on the back... i went to radioshack, grabbed the same kind of plug, and made a cable from a drive y splitter. No mods to the sound card were made.
                          I don't have pics of the connections, but i have pics of the rest of the install, which i'll post up in a bit (currently uploading my new years pics to my website)
                          Car: 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S
                          Mods: Yep
                          Carputer: VIA M9000 | Opus 150 | 512MB PC2100 | 60GB Notebook HD | Slim/Slot DVD/CDRW | Audigy2NX | Xenarc 700TSV | (2) DSCustoms DS700HRS (in trunk) | SMC USB 802.11b | CoPilot | DLink FM tuner | Cliffnet

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                          • #14
                            it sounds like your setup is very close to mine. Same motherboard, same audio. I have to say the NX is awsome. I got 2
                            car computer rev 5: 8" lilliput and usual suspects

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                            • #15
                              hehe.. iw as gonna throw one of the regular audigy's i have sitting around, but i couldn't find a pci riser anywhere around here, so i got the nx, and now that i found a riser, i'm gonna put in a geforce 4 mx 420 in there to get rid of the crappy onboard video

                              and yeah... i love the sound quality that i have now compared to before
                              Car: 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S
                              Mods: Yep
                              Carputer: VIA M9000 | Opus 150 | 512MB PC2100 | 60GB Notebook HD | Slim/Slot DVD/CDRW | Audigy2NX | Xenarc 700TSV | (2) DSCustoms DS700HRS (in trunk) | SMC USB 802.11b | CoPilot | DLink FM tuner | Cliffnet

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