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    rca sound card

    Im think im going to build a carputer and have been doing research. Theres not much on here about sound card, I wanted to know if there is a cheap sound card (less than $30) that has mono rca out (not S/PDIF out)? I thought about using a 1/8" jack-rca converter but I thought that might degrade the sound quality. Whats your opinion on this and what sound card do you use?

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    SB Live USB, it's got RCA Out, and it's USB if you're doing a low profile case. RCA is stereo, so i dunno about mono... I use it, and i'm currently working out a hum issue (using AC power from my house, not sure what to do>)
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    I used the jack converter and I didn't notice any decrease in quality but I am sure that RCA is probably alot better if you are going to be running alot of wire
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    Quote Originally Posted by owenjh
    I used the jack converter and I didn't notice any decrease in quality but I am sure that RCA is probably alot better if you are going to be running alot of wire

    I just bought a gold 1/8 inch jack connector and wired my own "adapter" to hook into the RCAs of my amp. I used good quality RCA cables and cut the end off to wire it to the 1/8 inch connector. Sound quality is good, no hum or noise what-so-ever. And I don't think there is a quality difference between 1/8" and a RCA jack. Just different jacks.
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    they make a 1/8th to rca wire also. No making a wire
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    I've used a 1/8 to RCA converter to go from my computer to home stereo and never noticed a hum.

    Hercules Has the Game TheatreXP that has RCA out jacks on the back of the external box it has.

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    Yes I have used a 1/8" to RCA before as well, but if you are really wanting to use nice cable, then you could go the route that I described.

    I actually went that way for space concerns. THe 1/8" connector I soldered onto my RCA was an "L" shaped one, so I could save some space in my install area, otherwise I would have used a prebought adapter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almost a Ghost
    I've used a 1/8 to RCA converter to go from my computer to home stereo and never noticed a hum.

    Hercules Has the Game TheatreXP that has RCA out jacks on the back of the external box it has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudge
    SB Live USB, it's got RCA Out, and it's USB if you're doing a low profile case. RCA is stereo, so i dunno about mono... I use it, and i'm currently working out a hum issue (using AC power from my house, not sure what to do>)
    i cant find it online could u give me a link?

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    Im not sure if this is the one you'll need but im planning to get a MP3+ for my laptop as i have been told it sounds much better, it simply goes straight into the usb connection and has 4x rca output (as well as oher digital input/outputs etc)

    http://www.soundblaster.com/products/MP3+/

    You can get them for around 30 .. although im pretty sure everyone on here is US based? so bout $50 ?

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