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  • can i connect my xbox to my car amp??

    right, ive looked on this site for about an hour and im still confused.

    basically i would like to use my xbox to put all my music on and then just select what i want from a screen in my car, the occasional game too.

    ive been told that there are problems going from an XBOX to the amp without using a headunit because of the differences in the xbox output and the input of them amp. (something to do with line in and pre outs)

    is it not a case of simply plugging in some phono cables or is my info unreliable?

    please help me, ive asked on just about all the car UK forums im a member of and still got no idea. There are loads of guys on here that have this done so someone must be able to help me out. I just dont need the headunit so dont want to shell out 100 for something ill never use and will clutter my cabin

    many thanks in advance.

    rich

  • #2
    Just plug it in and try it. If it doesn't work well enough, buy a line driver.
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    • #3
      No it would not work for SEVERAL reasons.

      First off, i doubt the xbox outputs enough voltage to be loud enough for you to hear while driving, however you can crank the gain on your amp, but you may introduce hissing.

      Second off, you wont have a method of controlling the volume. Xbox Media Center has some volume control, but it doesnt work for games. I noticed that i constantly need to adjust my Kenwood headunit while palying movies ont he xbox as a result of the difference in recording volume. If you dont want a head unit, considering looking into a voulme controller, or even an EQ, there are many on EBAY.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by MiniRX7
        No it would not work for SEVERAL reasons.

        First off, i doubt the xbox outputs enough voltage to be loud enough for you to hear while driving, however you can crank the gain on your amp, but you may introduce hissing.

        Second off, you wont have a method of controlling the volume. Xbox Media Center has some volume control, but it doesnt work for games. I noticed that i constantly need to adjust my Kenwood headunit while palying movies ont he xbox as a result of the difference in recording volume. If you dont want a head unit, considering looking into a voulme controller, or even an EQ, there are many on EBAY.

        cheers for your response, i just dont understand why the xbox will work with a home cinema amp but the voltage is not loud enough for a car amp? perhaps i could just put a normal hifi amp in my car and run thigs from that if it still doesnt work

        got the volume thing sorted, can control it from the cabin via an equaliser like you suggested.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by richardcash
          cheers for your response, i just dont understand why the xbox will work with a home cinema amp but the voltage is not loud enough for a car amp? perhaps i could just put a normal hifi amp in my car and run thigs from that if it still doesnt work

          got the volume thing sorted, can control it from the cabin via an equaliser like you suggested.

          Very simple, the Xbox outputs a LINE LEVEL meaning constant volume output. Your Preamps whether it be in your deck or the HIFI amp, has a volume control which amplifies the preamp signal..
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          • #6
            Originally posted by frodobaggins
            Just plug it in and try it. If it doesn't work well enough, buy a line driver.
            ive looked on the net and cant find a line driver anywhere. can anyone help me out?

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            • #7
              My previous setup used an Xbox......

              Xbox composite video -> Headunit

              Xbox L audio -> Headunit
              Xbox R audio -> Headunit

              Headunit front audio-> External Amp -> Component front Speakers
              Headunit rear audio-> Headunit Amp -> Factory rear Speakers

              Worked fine.
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              • #8
                line driver -> phoenix gold pld1

                pheonix gold sells a newer one now, but the pld1 is cheaper (IF you can find it) and works just as well for all practical purposes.

                See if you need it first, it's ~$50, so if you don't need it, don't get it.

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                • #9
                  Did you even try hooking up the outputs from the xbox to the amp???

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                  • #10
                    would an equaliser such as this one be ok?

                    http://www.justkenwood.co.uk/stock01/kgc9044.asp

                    it says Three set of 4.0V preouts but doesnt say anything about acceptimg a line in.

                    if this would work then id be all set i think.

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                    • #11
                      audio control matrix will jack up the pre out voltage to 9.5v rms, but this is more than most amps will take, i have mine set at 7v, and it was like night and day when i installed it. Its only like $150 for 6 channels. Awesome piece of hardware.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MegatronUK
                        My previous setup used an Xbox......

                        Xbox composite video -> Headunit

                        Xbox L audio -> Headunit
                        Xbox R audio -> Headunit

                        Headunit front audio-> External Amp -> Component front Speakers
                        Headunit rear audio-> Headunit Amp -> Factory rear Speakers

                        Worked fine.
                        Can you explain why you would hook up your video composite to your head unit? Does your HU have a vid screen that accepts input?

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                        • #13
                          I think you misunderstood..

                          I have the same setup as Megatron, where my xbox connects to AUX in on the deck then to the amp.

                          What i am saying is that it will sound horrible and you will ahve no volume control without something between the amp and the xbox (IE. EQ, deck or something)
                          2k3 Max SE 6spd
                          Temp setup:
                          7" indash screen/Xbox running XBMC
                          Carputer coming soon
                          My 2003 Maxima

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                          • #14
                            Headunits Speaker Splits PLZ HELP!!!

                            can anyone help?? I have a Pioneer DEH-P7000UB. being a student i cudn't afford to buy a sub and amp to make my car pump... therefore i took some old household speakers from my old hi-fi system and wired them up to my car... splitting the rear speakers with the hi-fi speakers ideally it sounds a lot better and does kick... however a mate of mine told me if i left it like this sooner or later it will fry the headunit... is this true? and what are alternatives?? plzzzzzzz HELP!

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                            • #15
                              Home speakers are usually 8 ohm. Car speakers are usually 4 ohm. By wiring them up in parallel, you are presenting a load of about 2.67 ohms to your headunit. Most headunits aren't rated to go lower than 4 ohms. Yes you could damage your headunit if you leave it this way.

                              Plus I doubt that the 22 watts RMS per channel that your HU is putting out is going to make your car "kick". Search ebay, craigslist, and local pawn shops for a decent amp. And remember, when shopping amps, compare RMS wattage ratings, not peak ratings, which are mostly meaningless.

                              If you want cheap, by far the best way to get great sound in your ride is to follow in the footsteps of this guy: http://www.newcougar.org/forums/vide...ut-cougar.html

                              (Sorry, that thread just never gets old!)

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