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  • CarPuter Audio vs H/U Audio Quality

    I'm currently tossing around the idea of installing a caputer in my new 07 Scion tC. I've seen the various other builds and I'm a bit jealous. One of my biggest concerns with a carputer is audio performance.

    Simple Question: Is there a noticeable difference between the audio performance of a carputer and a 'standard' (aftermarket) H/U?

    Does using the outputs from a sound card and a heap of converters/cables/amplifiers have a noticeable impact?


    My main reason for asking is simply space, the tC has a double din factory deck that I'd be replacing with a 7" screen. I want to avoid stashing a H/U somewhere, (as well as spending the money on more 'useful' components) but not at the cost of audio quality.

    Thanks in Advance.

  • #2
    do a search for that same question in the car audio section, it has been discussed in depth. also search for alpine pxa-h701. usb-dac. uhm bit-perfect. uhm..most of red's posts: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/member.php?u=8576 as well as turbocad: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/member.php?u=12732 to name a few

    in short..yes..it's very doable
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    • #3
      ...and now you know why this was posted in the "newbie" area. Thanks for the guiding hands.

      One more question... Now that I have the access to all this knowledge, who do I get to blame for giving me enough rope to hang myself by?

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      • #4


        We're here to help you.

        If you have any questions, shoot!
        Jan Bennett
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        • #5
          Originally posted by DivisionbyZero View Post
          ...and now you know why this was posted in the "newbie" area. Thanks for the guiding hands.

          no prob. i know how it is when you first start out..you need someone to throw ya a bone. if you read red's sig file you will find out how good a computer can be for sq.
          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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          • #6
            This thread should be manditory reading. I learned more last night reading that entire (yes all 31 pages) thread than I ever thought possible.

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            • #7
              Maybe I should just go ahead and make that thread a sticky?

              lol
              Jan Bennett
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              • #8
                can we give a 'noob of the year award'? finally someone posts his findings in a thread he started. now when someone does a search for this question this thread will be a usefull start.


                red..i think you should
                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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                • #9
                  hehehe - you're right Scott. It's a wonderful thing, isn't it?!
                  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 scott_fx View Post
                    can we give a 'noob of the year award'? finally someone posts his findings in a thread he started. now when someone does a search for this question this thread will be a usefull start.


                    red..i think you should

                    Don't be so sure, had I been the noob of the year, I would have searched a bit more thoroughly and found that thread to begin with... but I'll take what I can get.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DivisionbyZero View Post
                      Don't be so sure, had I been the noob of the year, I would have searched a bit more thoroughly and found that thread to begin with... but I'll take what I can get.
                      thats why you are still a noob hahahaa.
                      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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