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Thread: Car PC sound, not as good as expected!!

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    IMO there is only ever 1 option.

    soundblaster audigy 2 zs in a PCI slot running kxproject (google it) drivers.

    I have my PC in boot, giving me a full sound processing active (i.e. 6 channels out, 2 tweets, 2 mids, and 2 subs (Summed)), time aligned, and EQ'd. I run straight from PC to my amp (3 stereo wires) - a McIntosh mc440m ricpf , which then directly drives my McIntosh speakers - no passive x/o required, so more headroom.

    The SQ is better than my old system of a Pioneer DEX-P1r - which is a very good headunit.

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    line driver

    Or if you dont want to go the USB route, ther is always a line driver to boost your output voltage from 2 - 8 volts. Higher output Voltage = better sound

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    My USB SoundBlaster was crap and I returned it. Bought an Audigy PCI card off Ebay and it sounds better than CDs on my head unit IMO. No noise whatsoever and my cheap RCAs run right up the tunnel along with every other CarPC wire in the car.
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    i have a sound blaster live 5.1 what would i use to go out from that to my receivers aux input which is 2 rca's?

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    2 RCAs after the 1/8" stereo headphone-to-two RCAs adapter.
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    Glyn,

    You may want to invest in a ground loop isolator. It helped a lot in my setup. They are everywhere for about $15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altimat
    2 RCAs after the 1/8" stereo headphone-to-two RCAs adapter.
    thanks do you know where i can find that adapter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeH
    Glyn,

    You may want to invest in a ground loop isolator. It helped a lot in my setup. They are everywhere for about $15.
    I'm sure I've got one of those somewhere.
    I'll have to dig it out and give it a go,

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    I got myself a Soundblaster MP3+ from ebay, hoping that it would solve all my problems.
    But it hasn't!!

    The costant buzzing noise is still there in the background.
    It must be the car PC because it sounds perfect when played through my Laptop.

    When the computer is idol, the noise is very quiet, move the mouse and it buzzes.
    When music is played, the buzzing can be heard constantly in the background.

    The case I'm using is plastic, so the idividual components do not share the same ground, and the components are not shielded in any way.

    Would this cause the buzzing??????

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    yes. manually ground all the components imo. especiall PSU, and audio card

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