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    holy ****, if this gets done, I'm in...

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    you guys wouldn't entertain the notion of going with balanced outputs would you? :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by crabbdaddy View Post

    turbo... im not sure of your need for multiple outputs. if its for 5.1 or mutliple channel audio source.. then seems you would have to decode that material which then leaves the DAC out of the picture correct? if its not for multilpe channel source material... then wouldnt the amp passthru work.. as on the alpine amps?
    right now I have no problem with just stereo...

    although I usually don't run any rear speakers at all, I am considering a component set foir the rear doors in my new build, as it's a 4 door car...

    if I have the 4 speakers in place, then having the option of running a phantom center channel on some dolby stuff & running surround ain't a bad thing really, like I do with my alpine now, are you saying this can't be done with a usb dac? I thought I'd be able to decode it on the pc & then just send it to the dac's for just the d/a conversion?

    I'm not sure what you mean about amp pass thru's... my goal is a seperate channel for each driver, 2 way front stage, 2 way rear's & a sub.... I almost never run subs stereo, but this car is probably getting only one sub anyway...

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    scott, what would balanced outputs do to this equation?

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    could you elaborate on that question? are you asking what the benefits would be or how it would complicate things? just for those that don't know, a balance signal can always be run as an unbalanced by grounding the -signal to the shield so it wont limit anyone
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    nevermind, I read your intent on that statement wrong, I now realize you were asking that cause you want balanced, a lot of the pro stuff out there uses balanced... it would be nice if my mcintosh's could make good use of a balanced signal though...

    I would be interested in developing something new here, but also think it may be much easier to just adapt an existing solution, maybe worse case modifying an existing piece maybe.... without most being able to take advantage of a balanced signal I think a higher output voltage would be cool.... this seems to be another big drawback with currently available equiptment, balanced line outs are available, but useless to most, but higher output voltages are almost non existant in pc audio....

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    right now I have no problem with just stereo...

    although I usually don't run any rear speakers at all, I am considering a component set foir the rear doors in my new build, as it's a 4 door car...

    if I have the 4 speakers in place, then having the option of running a phantom center channel on some dolby stuff & running surround ain't a bad thing really, like I do with my alpine now, are you saying this can't be done with a usb dac? I thought I'd be able to decode it on the pc & then just send it to the dac's for just the d/a conversion?


    I'm not sure what you mean about amp pass thru's... my goal is a seperate channel for each driver, 2 way front stage, 2 way rear's & a sub.... I almost never run subs stereo, but this car is probably getting only one sub anyway...
    nope im not saying it cant be done .... i read another thread that stated depending on the DAC that its sampled different for DVD . but i may have confused / misunderstood the thread. ill go back and find the thread. lots of info out there sometimes its hard to decipher.


    i thought the alpine amps have a passthru feature that allows the signal from amp a to pass thru via cable to amp b to reduce cables needed to run multiple amps.

    i dont think im adding any value to this thread... ill go back and study more..
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    Five 8v outs is not enough IMO (not talking about 5.1 here). I think we need at least eight 8V low impedance outs, if not 10, Good to have a few extra. 8 or 7 would be the best route for people running a 4-way setup as myself.

    I agree with Turbo on the balanced out situation. High ouput voltage is hard to come by since most home audio/professional gear does not require it, but the car needs it. Balanced out would be a secondary option, although if it's that easy to bypass it and doesn't add a huge additional cost maybe it should be included.

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    Thinking about it some more, it really shouldn't be that hard to string multiple DACs together in stereo mode to get additional channels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by proph View Post
    Hey Red,
    Saer will chime in in a sec. He helped me bump the Silverstone DAC from 1v RMS to 3.5vRMS. He's local just so you know, this is exactly what I was talking about at the meet. I'm glad someone else sees the potential.
    this is something I've been thinking of for some time now and a few comments by some others has encouraged me to try and persue it...

    I didn't really mention it at the meet because very few people (in the grand scheme of things) are concerned with this level of sound.

    If there are people from the meet that want to work on this, send them to this thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by crabbdaddy View Post
    but whether its doable in a cost effective manner either usb or PCI is another story.
    see, that's the thing. I'm not so interested in doing this for the folks that are overly concerned with saving a buck. This is something for those of us who are in persute of good sound and are willing to go a bit above and beyond.


    maybe build along the lines of turbo's thinking.. a pc for data and frontend and a separate unit (pc case etc) connected via usb with just a powersupply and DAC's with analog output.
    That's been the intent all along. It wouldn't be a PC case, it would be just like an outboard sound card, on 12v DC power, with multiple higher voltage RCA outs, and user replaceable parts.

    turbo... im not sure of your need for multiple outputs. if its for 5.1 or mutliple channel audio source.. then seems you would have to decode that material which then leaves the DAC out of the picture correct? if its not for multilpe channel source material... then wouldnt the amp passthru work.. as on the alpine amps?
    This initial product will not be 5.1. It will just be multiple output. Remember guys, K.I.S.S. at this point, K.I.S.S.!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by proph View Post
    So whats your goal here Red? Five 8v output, 1 input? I know others might have something different in mind.

    For starters, I'm thinking 5 high voltage outputs. Not necessarially 8v, all depends on the design. I'd want at least 4v.

    This would cover the following scenereo:

    1 output for Tweeters
    1 output for mid-range
    1 output for mid-bass
    1 output for rears (for those who use them)
    1 output for sub-bass

    This initial set-up would cover the most users I would think.

    1 input for right now, since if you had multiple inputs for audio, they would go throughthe computer then out to this piece.

    Quote Originally Posted by scott_fx View Post
    you guys wouldn't entertain the notion of going with balanced outputs would you? :-(
    at this point, I don't think it makes the most sense...remember, K.I.S.S.!

    Once we get it all done, then we can start looking at other options. For now, let's just worry about getting a working unit!

    Quote Originally Posted by durwood View Post
    Five 8v outs is not enough IMO (not talking about 5.1 here). I think we need at least eight 8V low impedance outs, if not 10, Good to have a few extra. 8 or 7 would be the best route for people running a 4-way setup as myself.
    Once we get down to actually making the unit, we can determine the number of outputs.

    Right now we need to figure out how to go about making this thing first.

    I agree with Turbo on the balanced out situation. High ouput voltage is hard to come by since most home audio/professional gear does not require it, but the car needs it. Balanced out would be a secondary option, although if it's that easy to bypass it and doesn't add a huge additional cost maybe it should be included.
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