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    Using a SB X-Fi is possible with a CarPC ?????

    Hy Guys ..
    I'm planning on buying a Carputer .... using a VoomPC case,
    www.mini-box.com
    With a VIA MII100000 motherboard ...
    As for the sound output of the computer i think is not very good, because it's a on-board sound system ... I'd like to know if I can use a Sound Blaster X-Fi that I have here at home .. to spare..
    I'd like to know 1 thing .. mostly .
    The output of the soundcard are all 3.5mm jacks ...
    And (using the stereo system that's already in my car) ... I'll use the AMP that has RCA inputs ...... Just a simple 3.5mm - RCA cable should do fine???
    Or do i need any special wiring or anything for that setup to work ?????
    Thank's for any advice ........
    See ya
    Rodrigo

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    Im pretty sure its just the 3.5mm to rca cable from what ive read. I was thinking about getting the base x-fi for my sound on my car pc... (currently planning) as ive heard they are very nice for pc sound on high end speakers so should add a lot to car sound, only prob is have to have a taller case? or can the car sidemount somehow on the mobo, like an adapter?

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    Yes, you can use the XFi soundcard, although you might be surprised at the quality of the onboard sound. The problem with most PCI cards is size, as Orphan pointed out. Space is usually at a premium.
    And yes, all you need is a 3.5mm headphone jack to RCA L/R adapter. They make cables that do this, as well.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Yes.. I've found an adapter .. that let me use the PCI card sideways ...
    So that's gonna be a improvment..
    But .. because Darque said it .... I'll give the on-board sound a try then ..... Then IT that doesn't work out .. i'll use the X-Fi ...
    Well .. beign the 3.5mm to RCA problem figured out ... I guess it's just buy everything ;-) .. and put it up on my Peugeot ... .
    Tnks Guys ....
    Hope I don't have much more problems from here..
    See u
    Rmeira

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    Once you set it up could you give me some feedback on how all the cables stay together... like do they hold well or fall out much, do you secure them with a bit of tape so they don't come out or have a bracket.

    The X-Fi does have pretty insane sound quality and its far superior to any other sound card i've heard but for the cost the onboard may be just as good of an option as your saving a fair bit. Would you only need the X-Fi Extreme Music for all the benifits of the X-Fi for music or is the onboard memory/whatever differences the higher models have make any real difference for music?

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    I'll post here as soon as i get a system running :-) ..
    For music playing ...and videos ... There is no difference from the board models ... It's just a little better .. because you can save a little processing from the main processor ... givin the sound card some work to do .. and the decoder from the X-Fi is extremly superior ..
    'll keeop you guys posted ..
    Tnks
    Rodrigo Meira

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    I don't know if you'd be able to fit an X-fi sound card in the voomPC case anyway if you did want to use that one, I've just bought myself one of the voomPC cases for my carputer and it's tiny. Just the motherboard and ram almost fill it height wise!
    Getting back into the game...

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    Yes .... I'was looking at the pictures .. and figured that out ..
    Can u tell me what config u used ??and how that worked .. how did you plug it into the car 12v dc ... and the boot ...... everything ??
    I'm trying to learn as much as i can ...;-) ...
    Tnks
    Rodrigo

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    Rodrigo, estas en mexico?

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    i've wondered about doing that though

    is there any loss of audio quality, in going from the 3.5 jack, to RCA?
    or is it better to stay RCA, from say a usb DAC?

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