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  • Truthfully, how good is the audio from a CARPC compared to a premium deck?

    I just got this car:

    http://www.petmoose.com/forums/showthread.php?t=325

    and I want to do this thing right, because that my friends is one sweet *** ride.

    So, I work with computers daily, soooo it seems fitting I should have one in my car! lol.

    Before I dive into this expensive project. I REALLY need to be assured, from someone who actually has a carpc right now and uses it for music. That the sound will sound as good as if I just put my premium deck in there.

    It's just, I would hate to spend hundreds of dollars and many man hours doing this project and then find out the sound is not up to par.

    I have an amp for my sub, I'm planning on 2 10" in the wheel well, flush with it.

    I have a very nice high end 4 channel amp for the speakers.

    The car is an 03 stratus r/t coupe fully loaded w/ all options if this helps me with your future questions.

    Sound is a very big thing in my life. I work very hard and my only real relaxation is driving around listening to music.

    This is a wonderful site, thank you for making it, I will most likely purchase the LCD from this site, please do not use that to base your answer though.
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    My computer using on-board sound sounds just as good as my pioneer head unit did.
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    • #3
      Thank you, can you tell me what motherboard you are using?

      I thought I'd have to get a soundblaster, heh.
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      • #4
        I'm using the S/PDIF of my laptop to an external processor (Audiobahn ADD51T) to my amps, and it sounds a lot better compared to my old Blaupunkt. I'm also using the iZope plugin, which adds a lot to the overall system's sound quality.

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        • #5
          Okay... whew, I have a lot to learn, well, maybe just a little to learn.

          Thanks guys.

          Any tips or anything? Tricks of the trade? Suggested parts?
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          • #6
            I love the sound from system. I would suggest a soundblaster if you want to use the capabilities of the kXProject drivers. You should try hooking your computer up to your stereo at home and see how you like the sound.

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            • #7
              I'm not sure how to do that yet... er.. I'm assuming you mean car stereo.

              I need time to throughly read this site and learn how to hook all this up. I'm a very busy guy atm heh.
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              • #8
                I actually meant like a home receiver, but a car deck would work too.

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                • #9
                  Oh, yes I have a set set of logitech 5500's. They sound NEAR movie quality on an old sound blaster live card.

                  I just wasn't sure if the enclosure would change the sound or something.

                  I just went here:

                  http://store.mp3car.com/category_s/61.htm

                  All of those received poor reviews.

                  http://store.mp3car.com/ProductDetai...1&Show=ExtInfo

                  How is that one?
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                  • #10
                    Oh, this is simple.

                    After watching this:

                    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/faq-...-your-car.html

                    (Thank you for making that!)

                    You can just put the sound through the aux part of your deck, which I believe my Pioneer Premier deck has...

                    and purchase a compatible power supply, via this shop and a touch screen monitor, wireless keyboard and bam you are set.

                    Well if I have this right then hell ya I'm going to get on this ASAP.
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                    • #11
                      this is what i'm doing.

                      I'm happy with my stock headunit and speaker's sound.

                      so how am i going to hook up my car sound?


                      I'm going to take an INLINE fm modulator (not a fm wireless one, they suck)

                      and hook up from my soundcard via headphone lines that go into the audiovox inline fm modulator.

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                      WHY SPENDS 200 BUCKS ON AMP AND CRAP LOADS OF MORE WIRES TO RUN FOR THAT 4 CHANNEL AMP? THE INLINE FM MODULATOR CAN FIT BEHIND YOUR STOCK HU

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                      • #12
                        Explain what this does please.

                        :edit:

                        oh instead of AUX..
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Snortonnorton View Post
                          this is what i'm doing.

                          I'm happy with my stock headunit and speaker's sound.

                          so how am i going to hook up my car sound?


                          I'm going to take an INLINE fm modulator (not a fm wireless one, they suck)

                          and hook up from my soundcard via headphone lines that go into the audiovox inline fm modulator.

                          49 dollars from circuit ciy.

                          WHY SPENDS 200 BUCKS ON AMP AND CRAP LOADS OF MORE WIRES TO RUN FOR THAT 4 CHANNEL AMP? THE INLINE FM MODULATOR CAN FIT BEHIND YOUR STOCK HU
                          An FM modulator while a solution it isn't a good one as the sound sucks. They are meant as a cheap way to connect an Ipod or similar and not something that can produce as sophisticated a sound as a computer. FM doesn't contain all the frequencies your MP3's or whatever have. FM is something like 68k where quality MP3 is 192k or 128 at a push. Your far better using a line/aux in on a head unit or use dedicated amps.
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                          • #14
                            If you do it right no head unit will ever compete. It will cost ya but, it starts with your sound card. Most onboard offer 5.1 and quality is decent. Software is next, you will want to use asio or vst along with foobar or the kx project. I use foobar and its plugins. The crossovers for foobar allow me to send the selected freq. to specific channels. So I have my sub channel, my highs, mids, lows, and a bandpass. Instead of ft, rr, center, sub,that is with me using asio. Amps, same regardless of the input. No external dac in mine any longer so one less item in my trunk and one less remote to track. All control of sound is on one screen to control. Am/fm is still a bit touch and go. You can solder a car ant.to a usb fm receiver, I am having surprisingly good luck with that or you can wait mp3car.com is working on ahd radio alternative and that is what I am really waiting for. There are xm and sirius adapters to run through the carpc as well.
                            There is an excellent faq in the audio section here that gives a lot of info. Read everything Durwood and Red post they are fountains of audio information. First link is to faq, second is directly to Red's thread on tuning.
                            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/car-audio-faq/
                            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/car-...ns-tuning.html

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                            • #15
                              Thanks, I don't think we care about am/fm/radios

                              just mp3's will do

                              now are any of those software projects you listed on linux?

                              I wanted to run a linux system.
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