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  • Useing mp3 player as primary sound source????

    Hey all,

    I did some searching but haven't found anything concrete.

    I have a creative zen vision and would like to use it as my primary source of music. I don't want to purchase a headunit as I figure this already has everything i need. I'm not looking for anything fancy... as such i basically would like to connect the mp3 player to the amp and amp to 4 speakers and the sub...

    Sound would come from the visions headphone jack, and i'm assuming i could boost the gain on the amp, correct? This would boost the sound coming from the zen...

    Does this sound feasable?

    I'm not looking for a fancy setup, nor for superior sound... Basically looking for the middle ground where i get some good clean sound, and a simple cost efficient setup....

    Thanks guys

  • #2
    Yes, it's feasable....

    However, the Zen will only output two channels: L/R stereo.
    How do you propose getting audio to the rear L/R & Sub channels?
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
      Yes, it's feasable....

      However, the Zen will only output two channels: L/R stereo.
      How do you propose getting audio to the rear L/R & Sub channels?

      Too many questions :-P

      hmm... good question... Can the sub use the L/R channels as input? (newb question.... lol)


      As for the rear speakers, how bad would it be if i simply use the l/r channels that would power the fronts, to power the rear?

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      • #4
        very doable, mp3 player to amp via 2.5 or 3.5 mm headphone jack to RCA and add in a RCA splitter two sets of the RCA's go to the amp for the door speakers and the last set from the Y go to the sub amp.
        OR you could get an amp for the door speakers with a RCA pass through. which means that it has 4 inputs(2 front and 2 rear) but also has 1 set of outputs so you can run an amp off the same set of RCA'a.
        the gain is not a "boost" or a volume control, it is used to match the output voltage of the source(in this case the mp3 player) to the input voltage of the amp. the amp always puts out however many watts RMS with slight changes do to fluctuation from the charging system.
        hope this helps.

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        • #5
          Cool, thanks for that info!!

          For the second part, Could the Sub use the mp3's L/R source as input?

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          • #6
            Not sure if you'd consider this an option, but i think you'd be better off just getting a cheap head unit with an aux input. not sure where u are, but down here in Australia, we can get a sony h/u with front aux for AU $150.00 fully installed. That way, you'll be able to use the speaker level inputs on your amp without having to adjust the gain too much and not have your mp3 on near-max volume. my 2c

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