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    External sound cards w/ digital/optical outs?

    Hello everyone,

    Long time listener, first time caller. Trying to decide whether to go win or mac for my car computer. I currently run a Powerbook G4 so I am an Apple user. One of my primary uses for my carputer will be music. I was wondering if anyone is running an external USB soundcard and running optical outs to their processor/amps?

    The single headphone out isn't going to do what I need.

    Thanks in advance.

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    hi there,

    Ive just istall a mac mini and i am using a 5.1 USB sound card to send audio to amps, they use a headphone jack output, so i used a headphone jack to rca audio lead to connect to amps. It was pretty cheap at 29 from Maplins. As it is a full surround sound card you could have full dolby, but i am only using the Sub output and the headphone output for stereo.

    Initiallly tried the sound through my old headunit, but it had a lot of interferance noise from hardrive and powersteering.

    I'm quite happy with the sound quality now, im quite interested in using optical out but dont know if there is an car amp that has it.

    Hope this helps.

    nick

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    If you are going to use one of the new mini's it has optical built in. On the other I have used a Sonica Theater USB to digital adapter. It was Coaxial out though not optical.

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    how about the firewave from Griffin, it supports 5.1 audio and all that good stuff. The web site says they are only acceping preorders but i hear some people have received them anyway...

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    My main concern was noise. I have heard from others (PC guys) that onboard soundcards are notorious for noise. I know the mini has an optical out and their internal card may be hands and feet above the PC, I just didn't want to find out the hard way.

    I will check out the firewave. I am not concerned about the 5.1 surround or any of that. I am going to use a seperate processor. I just wanted to get the cleanest signal possible to start with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkbite86
    how about the firewave from Griffin, it supports 5.1 audio and all that good stuff. The web site says they are only acceping preorders but i hear some people have received them anyway...
    Me too. I even wrote to them and they told me I could buy it right now. I even suggest to them to modify their web site but they did not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacMobile
    Me too. I even wrote to them and they told me I could buy it right now. I even suggest to them to modify their web site but they did not.

    Franco
    oh wow i didn't know that. Hmm maybe i will buy one soon .

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    My stereo in my car has a digital amp woud grifin's 5.1 soundcard convert analog signal to my digital amp? If not what are my options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandondente
    My stereo in my car has a digital amp woud grifin's 5.1 soundcard convert analog signal to my digital amp? If not what are my options?
    well if you use the new mac mini (intel) it has digital output. Would that work? Personally i think you would be better off getting the firewave and plugging it into an amp and have the amp power the speakers... but thats just me.

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    Do a search in here for DAC (digital audio converter). I have seen threads before comparing different ones and reviews of them. It may shed some light on your situation...
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