More info? What sound card do you have?
I got Mikes Hybrid XM and the XM AMD1000. Used RCA cable from the XM receiver (AMD1000) to the RCA+1/8 adaptor, which I plugged into the "Line IN" on my sound card. The sound is very low and horrible. I ended up unplugging it and splicing the RCA cables into the same RCA cables to go from the sound card to the headunit (for now to get good sound)
I'd really like to use the line in on the sound card instead, any idea why it sounds like crap?
All volumes in XP are all the way up.
Not sure, found this on my spec. sheet: Analog Devices AD 1885 AC '97 on-board codec. It's attached/part of the MB (Intel (Kitty Hawk 1.5) Motherboard 1.2-GHz Celeron R1)
It sounds fine with normal PC speakers?
Haven't tried that, but my mp3's sound fine, this is when the audio is straight from the sound card to my headunit.
It's when I use the "line-in" (source from MXD1000) it sounds bad.
What are you saying? It couldn't be a speaker issue when they sound fine playing mp3's, could it?
Just trying to troubleshoot...Soundslike there may be something wrong with the soundcard and/or plug on the mobo. That is, if you're using the same cables to the pc as to the HU.
@blurp...Yes, same cables. I ended up unplugging it from the line-in and (with more adaptors, plugged the XM cables directy into RCA cables that go from the soundcard to the HU. Sounds fine that way, but I can't record. (No big deal)
@grepzen..."non.linelevel signal"??? The XMD1000 (XM Receiver)does not have a volume control, is this what that means? That's why it sounds bad?
Shouldn't sound that bad, or low. I've used mp3 players, tape decks, turntables, and even a walkman piped through line-in. None of them sounded like that, and none of them were line level.Originally Posted by grepzen
I know you prolly checked this, but I wanted to bring it out anyway:
Are you sure you plugged it into the Line in and not the Mic in??? It's just something to double check.
Also, did you make sure that the port is setup in windows to be a line in and not surrond out of quadrophonic out? To do this, go to Control Panel->Sounds and Audio Devices, then click the lower Advanced button. In the Drop-down list, Desktop stereo speakers should be selected unless you want to use multi-channel (> 2 channels) out, and that usually makes line in and mic change to other things.
Did you check the volume properites to make sure the line in level is up, and that the line in is selected? To do this, double click the speaker in the taskbar (or, if it isn't there, go to Control Panel->Sounds and Audio Devices then click the upper Advanced button). Goto Options->Properties. Click the dot next to Recording. Make sure Line-In is checked and click ok. Find the Line-In volume, make sure it is up, and make sure the Select check box is checked (Under Line-In).