I Hate to tell you this but, If you are using a poor sound card the wire will not make a difference. Unless you have a $400 and up soundcard then don't worry too much about the wire
I am looking for a way to get the best possible sound quality to get the sound from the pc to the aux. input on my deck. I was origionally just gonna hook the 1/8 stereo headphone cable from the pc to the input. Would it be better to do a 1/8 Y to some premium Monster Cable RCA's then back to a 1/8th Y cable into the deck.
Also, is it worth it to get premium cables for my 5" lcd???
Shuttle XPC, 80gig HD, Wireless Internet, DVD
"How piMP3d is your ride??"
Yea I'll jump on that bandwagon.
In fact in testing my laptop I found the background noise to be horrible.
However, I now use the guts from the Labtec USB speakers (1040 I think). It plugs into the USB port and has great quality sound (tested better than the $200 soundcard in my home computer)
Now once you do that, you will need a heavier Shielded cable, just to keep the other noise down (ignition, CB transmission, Computer RFI)
I don't think the money spent on Monster Cables will help much more than a good set from a car stereo or Radio shack place.
You know, I always had the idea of using an outboard DAC from the usb port? Which unit was that you gutted again, and some more info on price or a link to the unit would be great! Thanks.
Sony also makes a DAC that connects to the USB port. I don't know if it is sold individually, but I know it is bundled with certain portable MiniDisc player/recorders. It looks pretty cool. Don't know if it would work.
Labtec LCS-1040 USB
It is a discontinued unit, you can usually buy on ebay (or egghead). I got mine for $25. Pulled the USB guts, and still have a great set of powered speakers.
Here is a How To Link. http://users.technocraft.com/~dune/usbaudio.html