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    What's a good amp and soundcard to get?

    Id really appreciate some help with a few basic questions

    I have a V6 accord w/ an indash 6cd changer / radio unit that I'd like to keep intact. First, can I'm pretty sure there is no aux-in, so do you think there would be a way to hook up my carputer to it through an amp?

    Secondly.. hehe.. what would be a decent amp to get? I dont need anything really high end, I'm still using the stock speakers (there are 6 of them, dont know the exact wattage, but its a relatively good stock system)

    Finally... I'm using a Soundblaster Live! value now, but I know its a piece of crap. So what kind of cards / devices are yall using? I remember people swearing by USB audio solutions before, but what would be a good choice?

    Thanks alot, I really know jack about car audio. (or computer for that matter)

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    If the HU is cd changer capable, you might be able to buy an adapter to turn it into an aux in by a fair amount of circutry (my boss got one for his toyota, not the tiny box i was expecting). If you search you should be able to come up with it.

    and as far as the sb live goes, it really isnt a bad card as far a gaming audio goes. its one of the better consumer cards out there. the major complaint has always been the complete lack of competent driver support for their cards, and being the soundcard company, recycling products with a new feature or two (audigy = +firewire basically).

    edit: hey look, found it:
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    I would say that the sound blaster live is a perfectly good card to use for mp3 use.
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    you might be able to splice in directly to the AUX-IN from the CD changer, I would imagine that there are some analog inputs from the changer to the head unit that can be spliced.

    Anyone have any ideas how to get one of those funky adapters for an Alpine system? I don't have the CD changer (although it does have that input) and I'd rather not buy one

    Additionally the SB-Live is a good quality card, there is nothing wrong with it.
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    Awesome guys! Thanks for the links
    I had started gathering this project a while ago and had never been able to find the changer interface adapter

    Quick question for fellow Honda owners- any idea if the Passport and the V6 accord use the same changer interface, or what brand the V6 indash changer is?

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    From the looks of that adapter it looks like the 12 pin data port would be the connector that hooks into the head unit dut you would have to get ahold of the company to find out. Or you can look at the back of your head unit to see if it is the same. I drive a 1997 accord and that is not the same changer plug that my head unit has.
    Ok so I am back into it!!

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    Hmm.. i wonder if I even HAVE a CD changer input? Cause the changer is part of the headunit itself...

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    soundgate

    Soundgate.com makes products that might work for you as well. They have a product for my Durango that is coming out very shortly. (Its being mfg in England) I have been in contact with Ron from Soundgate. Excellent guy.

    The product for me will give my factory HU an AUX in

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