Well today I grabbed a Sound Blaster Audigy NX 2.
I hooked it up to my Epia 10k (to replace the onboard sound). Installation was a breeze. I immediately noticed a huge sound quality difference. The music was clearer, could go louder and there was MUCH more bass.
I didn't experience any of the other issues mentioned here (strange noises coming from the NX, poping, or lots of CPU usage). The only small issue I've run in to, is Frodo's XM app won't mute the line-in upon exit. I think this has something to do with the Audigy's dual mic/line in port. I'll have to investigate further.
Because I wanted to put the NX behind my LCD, where I had already run a USB cable and installed a USB hub, I spliced a USB cable with the barrel plug connector end of the Audigies power cord. I connected the +5v line on the USB cable to the positive wire, and the Ground line to the negative wire. I was a bit worried that the Audigy would want to pull more current than the USB rail would provide, but this doesn't seem to be an issue.
The audigy comes with some software of varying degrees of usefulness. One nice thing, is the equalizer software. Some of the other features, like bass boost, seem to be realatively useless, as even at very low levels of "bass boost", you can hear distortion. I think this distortion is pre-speaker - that is, it's is somewhere in the amp/soundcard (I suspect sound card).
All in all, I'm VERY pleased so far with my purchase, it has made a big improvement in the overall sound quality in my car.
Originally Posted by SergeykoR
Thanks for the info, but I did not experience noises.
Glad to hear that you are not running into any issues... when I had one installed in my car, I had some noise issues (occasional clicking noise), but the killer for me was the cpu usage, which was around 20-30% or so, even in stereo mode, which made .wmv and DVD playing problematic on the 10K.
to eleventh: first time i made connections like you did, and at very high volume (listening rock) in pauses noises was heard.......
Interesting, I'm pretty sure I tested that, but I will double check..Originally Posted by SergeykoR
mine runs fine.... ive tested it with an oscilliscope.... no clipping at any volume (no EQ or Boosts on) crystal clear sound always... Check gains on amps.... youre probably clipping the signal...
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