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    Quote Originally Posted by kickercivic1 View Post
    So why dont you just go to bestbuy or radioshack and get you splitter. one male to two female because you can't listen to Xm and radio at same time anyways. So just turn the xm software off when using a radio and other way around for xm.

    this idea has pretty much been discussed to death. Fact is i dont wanna have to deal with manual switch everytime i wanna change modes... i want it as automated as possible.
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    There is no switch in there. All you need is a spiltter. You will never have xm and radio running at same time. Its like playing a cd and palying a radio at same time, you cant... When you turn the xm software on it will play xm and you turn off xm software and turn the radio on it will play radio. NO switches needed at all.

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    OK, I'm confused Sonic...is your XM radio PC controlled like the PCR or direct, or is it a standalone radio? If it is PC controlled and only gives you audio when the software is running, kickercivic is right. I figured the problem was that your XM radio was always on, always pushing audio...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontz View Post
    OK, I'm confused Sonic...is your XM radio PC controlled like the PCR or direct, or is it a standalone radio? If it is PC controlled and only gives you audio when the software is running, kickercivic is right. I figured the problem was that your XM radio was always on, always pushing audio...
    the xm IS always pushing audio.... but i can control its volume with the pc independently of the line-in's volume in xp's mixer. So that being said if i have a splitter (2 3.5mm female into 1 3.5mm male) i could theoretically:

    -play xm thru the line-in. HD radio is not powered unless i'm listening to hd radio
    -play hd radio by first muting the xmd1000 then powering on the hd radio

    my only fear is that using a splitter will cause some kinda voltage issue. I dont want the voltage on the line from the xm goin back into the hd radio tuner. My original question was will that happen.
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    manually raising/lowering/muting individual volume levels to change audio sources is more work then flipping a simple switch. I don't see why you'd be willing to go through multiple steps via software volume mixer when flipping an input switch would be 1 step only

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicxtacy02 View Post
    the xm IS always pushing audio.... but i can control its volume with the pc independently of the line-in's volume in xp's mixer. So that being said if i have a splitter (2 3.5mm female into 1 3.5mm male) i could theoretically:

    -play xm thru the line-in. HD radio is not powered unless i'm listening to hd radio
    -play hd radio by first muting the xmd1000 then powering on the hd radio

    my only fear is that using a splitter will cause some kinda voltage issue. I dont want the voltage on the line from the xm goin back into the hd radio tuner. My original question was will that happen.
    Ahhh...I gotcha. I really don't think that you are going to have a voltage issue. I have hooked up two devices in the manner you are describing with no problems at all on several different occasions.

    Honestly though, I would just use a switchbox and be on the absolute safe side. I know it isn't as automated as you want, but it will work, and no questions about voltage problems...either that or the uber-expensive sound card option...

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    ok here's another sound card option (i think)

    http://www.compumusic.com/p31235.htm

    maya 44 usb, has 4 inputs and 4 outputs.. i've been reading reviews and basically the only negative i can find is that it doesnt use 24-bit dac's. I dont even know if the sb live i have does that though. I only wonder if the 4 outputs are made for 5.1/7.1 sound. Notta HUGE deal to me either way but i just wonder how it will hook up to all speakers in my setup.
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    I don't believe that the inputs are made for 5.1/7.1 at all. In fact the inputs aren't even stereo, they are mono, so you REALLY only get 2 inputs stereo. This really looks like more of a recording card than a sound card, I don't know how that will end up working out with your setup. If you kept your current soundcard and just used this for the inputs, I think your'd have something....

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