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    mac mini sound output question

    well ive basically decided that im going the mac mini route, and ive been trying to do my research but my only question is that i currently have an alpine 9886 deck running to an alpine 4 channel and an separate mono block amp running my speakers and sub. my only worry is that since the audio out on the mac only uses the standard audio out jack, is will my sound quality be cut down at all? I will be running the mac through my aux RCA inputs on the rear of the alpine to control other functions.

    what are my options otherwise? id prefer not to spend a bunch of money on a different sound card, but what else is there?
    thanks.

    dont think it makes a difference or not since Im not running anything factory, but this will all be in my 2002 subaru WRX.

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    there are a variety of usb sound cards that you can buy that will help the sound output from the mini. there are some that start at $40 (griffin imic) and just climb from there. i know a lot of people like the m-audio which is a pro grade usb sound card
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    ok cool thanks, i guess im looking for something that will produce a clean signal but does not have to be a full blow eq or anything like that.

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    yeah. i personally use the imic works pretty good for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natedawgg View Post
    i know a lot of people like the m-audio which is a pro grade usb sound card
    Or firewire...

    I've found most of the solutions in the $100 or less range sound like poop on a shingle. Be it poor sound quality or ground loop interference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
    Or firewire...

    I've found most of the solutions in the $100 or less range sound like poop on a shingle. Be it poor sound quality or ground loop interference.
    thats what im worried about, i dont want to have this awesome setup with good components only for it to sound like poop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lesac View Post
    thats what im worried about, i dont want to have this awesome setup with good components only for it to sound like poop.
    I would recommend trying the on-board sound first. It's a zero cost option. If that sounds good enough, then you're good to go. If not, start looking into options.

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    The onboard Mini sound is reasonably good. Try it first.
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    Sorry, don't know what country your from, but if it's UK I have a Griffin Firewire card that I don't use anymore. You'd be welcome to buy it and try it before. However it is a surround sound card so I feel would be no use to you.
    My two cents though... As long as you use well sheilded cable you should be fine with the Headphone socket and as far as ground loops go I dont think you would experience them, if you did.... just don't ground one end.

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    I use the onboard 1/8" minijack and I find the sound quite good running to my two amps for speakers and sub. Unless you have a special need for usb audio I would suggest the same as Machinehead and Bugbyte for you to try out the built-in audio.
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