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    Post Turtle Beach Roadie Review

    I hated my SoundBlaster Live! USB soundcard, and decided to give the Audio Advantage Turtle Beach Roadie USB. Link
    I couldn't find a true review of it anywhere on here (pertaining specifically to CarPC use) so I figured I'd document my thoughts so far. For non-CarPC reviews check this out.

    First, my system specs are in my sig for reference.

    I am by no means an SQ competitor, but I am picky about my sound. I have high quality components and know what they should sound like. I also don't want/need surround sound. I want 4 speaker quadraphonic sound, like a standard deck outputs. So, take this review with that grain of salt.

    Pros:

    -Hibernates with no problems

    -There is no discernable "pop" when the computer finally engages the soundcard. (SoundBlaster’s was terrible)

    -The sound quality seems a lot more powerful than the SoundBlaster. I needed alot less gain on my amps with the unit at full volume to acheive the power I was looking for. And less gain is a good thing.

    - The Roadie, when in 4 speaker mode sends equal signal to all four speakers. There is no simulated surround sound. It seems to do less processing of the signal. I had a problem where the SoundBlaster made it's rear output muddy and clipped in the low range. This does not exist in the Roadie. You get 4 channels of the same signal and volume.

    -The size is significantly smaller than the SoundBlaster.

    -The control panel has, for the most part, all of the options contained in one application. The SoundBlaster had multiple application windows that would pop up.

    -"Per Speaker" equalizer and volume. I have the rear channel feeding my subwoofer, so this means I can change the EQ and volume of my sub indepenent of my front speakers.

    Cons:

    -The unit seems to be USB bandwidth hungry. I had random popping and clicking, like rice krispies in my music. After some reading, I figured out it was because the unit was starved for bandwidth. I added a PCI USB card and dedicated it the Roadie, problem solved. (Note: I switched motherboards at the same time I switched soundcards. The new motherboard could have USB bus management issues. )

    -Some of the sliders within the application are too small to change by hand using the touchscreen.

    -The sliders in "per speaker" EQ screen do not lock to each other for front and rear. I'm not sure of any application when you would want your front/left to have a different EQ than you front/right, so they should be able to be locked together. It's tedious to match them up manually.


    Overall, I would highly recommend the Roadie over the SoundBlaster Live! I have never tried a PCI soundcard b/c of space uses, nor have I used the Audigy, but you can read the woes people have had with that by searching.

    Hope this helps someone.

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    Thanks dude, gonna order one from mp3car.com's store now. Will post my thoughts when I get it setup.
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    I use that sound card too. works great, & I've tried quite a few before this, including the m audio transit.... this one is better that all the rest from what I see..., even hibernates well...

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    Thanks, forgot about the hibernation part, added it to the pros.
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    What is the CPU usage on this guy? I am currently using an epia mobo with a 1ghz chip, and my usb turtle beach amigo eats up nearly 50% of it! I am currently searching around for one that does most of the processing itself and doesn't tax the cpu as I barely have any to spare.

    Is this a good recommendation in that case?

    Thanks!

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    I just installed the roadie yesterday, and it's using, on average, 5-8% CPU w/ WinAmp 5.3 & 256kbps MP3 file. I have it connected to its own USB port, as opposed to a hub, per the manufacturer's recommendation, which warns of the problem you're describing when connecting the Roadie to a USB hub:

    http://support.turtlebeach.com/site/.../531418830.asp

    I realize this is an older thread, but thought I should mention it. Good luck with this device. I was one in a growing list of disgusted SB Live owners, and was literally blown away (the output levels are well over twice that of the SB) by the difference.

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    SPDIF to Analog Out?

    I like the Roadie but I can't make the SPDIF input play through the analog output. Is this even possible? Or is the SPDIF only for pass-through?

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    How do I connect my subs to the Roadie. I wanted to be able to control the sub level and im not sure if this sound card will allow me to do that.

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    I don't use rear speakers in my setup, so I just have amp for my subs running off of the rear output of the sound card. Makes it great for controlling the sub level from inside the car. I think you have to have the speaker configuration set to 5.1 to control the sub if you use the subwoofer output of the sound card.
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    I have it also but I get that rice krispies popping and I don't know what to do to get rid of it. I don't have room for a pci usb card as my carpc is indash.

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