Don't know if it can help somebody but I've set up my system in a pretty different way in order to have the best sound quality as possible and a great DSP.
I'm using a Motu Ultralite MKII as Audio interface (it has a big number of analog out to set at your taste!), it's a firewire interface with great D/A converters and good softwares.
You will have to work a little bit on it to route the signal from mac to analog outs, but it works great!
Thank you can use the amazing Logic Audio to add plugins at each single analog out, like time alignements, crossovers, eq and whatever you want...everything at costant phase.
You can't even imagin how it sounds and what you can do with it!!! There's really no other car-solution like this!
Ehm, sorry I meant Logic Studio (I'm using Logic studio pro 9, to be exact)!
hmm, cool, i am running windows now, but am always interested in different options for the future!
One of the cool things in Logic, at least in the pro version, is that it has all the plugins you need yet (you can also add third part plugins obviously), so you don't have to look around to find what you need.
Anyway I think I'm going a lil bit off topic...
I posted my solution becuse I think it could be a great choice for people wanting to get the best from their systems.
The soundcard should not be necessarily a Motu ultralite, obviously, a cheaper one (like M-audio or similar) could be a great choice too...and this way you would have a system cheaper than a classic HU, but much, much better!!!
Anyone used or is using a Clarion EQS746 in there setup. I was thinking of going this route, or the creative xmod. Not sure which would be better. I'd be running from the mini to either the EQS746 or Xmod and then to my factory amp. What do you guys think. Thanks.
My soundcard (Motu ultralite) can route the computer output into two inputs via software, than the only thing you shoul do is tell logic to use those inputs and choose the analog outs for the outputs.
It's not so hard....
I can do it all via software because my soundcard support the "internal routing", otherwise you should use a digital cable to link digital output and digital input...this way you will have the computer output on the digital output and you will choose the digital input as logic's input.
Usually cheaper soundcards do not support internal routing and you should do it by cable...
It seems harder than how it really is.
If you find problems doing it I could post some screenshots to help you, as soon as I have time...