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Thread: Truthfully, how good is the audio from a CARPC compared to a premium deck?

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    this is what i'm doing.

    I'm happy with my stock headunit and speaker's sound.

    so how am i going to hook up my car sound?


    I'm going to take an INLINE fm modulator (not a fm wireless one, they suck)

    and hook up from my soundcard via headphone lines that go into the audiovox inline fm modulator.

    49 dollars from circuit ciy.

    WHY SPENDS 200 BUCKS ON AMP AND CRAP LOADS OF MORE WIRES TO RUN FOR THAT 4 CHANNEL AMP? THE INLINE FM MODULATOR CAN FIT BEHIND YOUR STOCK HU

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    Explain what this does please.

    :edit:

    oh instead of AUX..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snortonnorton View Post
    this is what i'm doing.

    I'm happy with my stock headunit and speaker's sound.

    so how am i going to hook up my car sound?


    I'm going to take an INLINE fm modulator (not a fm wireless one, they suck)

    and hook up from my soundcard via headphone lines that go into the audiovox inline fm modulator.

    49 dollars from circuit ciy.

    WHY SPENDS 200 BUCKS ON AMP AND CRAP LOADS OF MORE WIRES TO RUN FOR THAT 4 CHANNEL AMP? THE INLINE FM MODULATOR CAN FIT BEHIND YOUR STOCK HU
    An FM modulator while a solution it isn't a good one as the sound sucks. They are meant as a cheap way to connect an Ipod or similar and not something that can produce as sophisticated a sound as a computer. FM doesn't contain all the frequencies your MP3's or whatever have. FM is something like 68k where quality MP3 is 192k or 128 at a push. Your far better using a line/aux in on a head unit or use dedicated amps.
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    If you do it right no head unit will ever compete. It will cost ya but, it starts with your sound card. Most onboard offer 5.1 and quality is decent. Software is next, you will want to use asio or vst along with foobar or the kx project. I use foobar and its plugins. The crossovers for foobar allow me to send the selected freq. to specific channels. So I have my sub channel, my highs, mids, lows, and a bandpass. Instead of ft, rr, center, sub,that is with me using asio. Amps, same regardless of the input. No external dac in mine any longer so one less item in my trunk and one less remote to track. All control of sound is on one screen to control. Am/fm is still a bit touch and go. You can solder a car ant.to a usb fm receiver, I am having surprisingly good luck with that or you can wait mp3car.com is working on ahd radio alternative and that is what I am really waiting for. There are xm and sirius adapters to run through the carpc as well.
    There is an excellent faq in the audio section here that gives a lot of info. Read everything Durwood and Red post they are fountains of audio information. First link is to faq, second is directly to Red's thread on tuning.
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/car-audio-faq/
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/car-...ns-tuning.html

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    Thanks, I don't think we care about am/fm/radios

    just mp3's will do

    now are any of those software projects you listed on linux?

    I wanted to run a linux system.
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    I do believe there is a linux version of foobar.

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    I've tried using an FM modulator to get an mp3 player hooked up to my car stereo (before I got a carpc) and it sounded like shiot, worse than FM radio. If you plan on getting a touchscreen to control your PC you can just plug your computer's audio outputs directly into your amps. I'm using a Creative XFi card in my carpc and I think it sounds fantastic. I'm not into all that ASIO stuff, though it seems like a cool idea.

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