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    Question 2005 Chevrolet Impala

    This is my first Carputer, and my first actual non-stock car stereo. That being said, I am sure to make a few errors and really would appreciate any advice or just a good slap and a firm "no".

    Carputer Specs
    Case: Black Double Din Nano-ITX Carputer Enclosure
    Motherboard: Zotac IONITX-F-E
    RAM: Corsair XMS TWIN2X4096-6400C5
    Sound Card: ASUS Xonar D2X
    Hard Drive: Corsair Nova CSSD-V256GB2-BRKT
    Touch Screen: Preassembled Black Double Din LCD Frame with 7" Lilliput 669GL-70NP/C/T VGA HDMI DVI
    Power Supply: Mp3Car DSATX 220 Watt

    Phone Accessories
    Bluetooth: AZiO BTD-V201
    Microphone: Andrea Electronics Superbeam Array Microphone Bundle SUMA

    Speakers
    Doors: JL Audio C5-650
    Rear: JL Audio C2-690tx
    Sub: Kicker 08TS10L54
    Amp: After finding the FAQ this part may have become easier.


    On another note, the reason I chose the board/cpu/etc was simply because it was one of the few ITX boards that has a PCIe x16 slot that I could hook the Xonar to. I figured a better sound card would improve on the quality of sound. If it is unnecessary, could you please explain why so I can explain to them as well. Again all assistance is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrayingWithFire View Post
    the reason I chose the board/cpu/etc was simply because it was one of the few ITX boards that has a PCIe x16 slot that I could hook the Xonar to.
    I just checked Newegg, and of the 10 socket LGA 775 Mini-ITX boards, 9 of them had either PCIe x1, PCIe x16, or PCIe 2.0 x16. Only one had PCI. You only need PCIe x1 for your soundcard, although PCIe x16 or PCIe 2.0 x16 will work. That being said, I see nothing wrong with your choice of board.

    I was thinking about putting it in the double-din black case if it would fit... would like the computer out of the way.
    I don't know what case you're talking about. Also keep in mind that Asus Xonar is a huge card, and won't fit in most small cases.

    Speakers
    Tweeters: JL Audio ZR100-CT
    Doors: JL Audio C5-650x
    One doesn't usually buy tweeters separately, since that takes expertise in picking ones that sound good with the woofers, and getting an appropriate crossover. If you already know that this combo will sound good together, then great. Otherwise, you probably want the JL Audio C5-650 (without the "x"), as that is a component speaker set with separate woofer, tweeter, and crossover.

    Hope this helps!
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    One doesn't usually buy tweeters separately, since that takes expertise in picking ones that sound good with the woofers, and getting an appropriate crossover. If you already know that this combo will sound good together, then great. Otherwise, you probably want the JL Audio C5-650 (without the "x"), as that is a component speaker set with separate woofer, tweeter, and crossover.
    Thanks for the suggestions. I was also told that earlier today by one of my friends, so I will make the appropriate change

    As far as the case is concerned, I was thinking about that. I want to have it so the case is out of the way. Unfortunately, there is not much room under either seat, so I would have to put it into either this case, which I don't believe it will fit; or in the trunk, and I fear that it will be too hot for the Carputer since I live in FL.

    Quite a conundrum.

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    Why are you going with a high-power-sucking core-2 cpu? In my experience this is highly unnecessary. Also, it's unlikely that you'll notice a difference between the built in sound and the xonar *unless* your media is high bitrate encoded/lossless *and* you have perfect speakers, wiring, acoustics, etc.

    Save a lot of money by going with an ION atom board and using the sound that comes with it.
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    Why are you going with a high-power-sucking core-2 cpu? In my experience this is highly unnecessary. Also, it's unlikely that you'll notice a difference between the built in sound and the xonar *unless* your media is high bitrate encoded/lossless *and* you have perfect speakers, wiring, acoustics, etc.
    All my media is currently in flac format, ripped directly from cd. I am a bit of a nut when it comes to sound quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrayingWithFire View Post
    All my media is currently in flac format, ripped directly from cd. I am a bit of a nut when it comes to sound quality.
    Are you planning on doing real-time audio processing? Otherwise, you can still use the xonar card with a zotac ION/Atom board and still save bucks.
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    I didn't notice any ION boards with PCIe slots.... let me take another look.

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    Well now I feel "special". Apparently I didn't look hard enough.

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    As of your 4pm edit today(6/16) on the original post:

    Looks good.

    Suggestion, get yourself a Phoenix SOHO card and do the external radio shack case mod. This is really the most reliable and successful method of stopping echo and killing off external unwanted sounds. If you factor in the cost now, you'll be so much happier with the success later. It was frustrating when I had got my first setup together and realized, "OH CRAP EVERYONE HEARS THEMSELVES!!!! not cool." now it's amazing. rush hour windows down next to trucks, most bikes, the person on the other end still won't really know your out driving or hear an echo. lol

    As for amp....not gonna be a ton of people who agree but I can tell you Hifonics is actually pretty good again. A Zeus makes my Infinity Kappa's bump. And a Brutus is what pushes my 12" Alpine Type-R. And compliments come on a decently regular basis.

    To feed the setup I've got a Xonar. i've been thinking about putting its config utility into CF as a plugin, for on the fly changes with its better equalizer and access to all the settings.

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    What exactly is the external radio shack case mod?

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