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    I have a few questions regarding sound output

    Computer building part is not a problem.


    Heres my questions.

    How do I output the sound from my PC to the factory speaker locations.


    Currently I have a Pioneer Headunit thats bottom of line and its connected via a wiring harness to my factory harness. COnnected to it via RCA ouputs is a 50x2 amp driving one JL 10" subwoofer.


    How would I go about doing this. my main concern is how do i let the PC know i have a subwoofer. etc. Would the easiest solution be to get a head unit with RCA INPUTS, or to get rid of the head unit all together and just get a 5 channel amp to run all the speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzzKicker
    Computer building part is not a problem.


    Heres my questions.

    How do I output the sound from my PC to the factory speaker locations.


    Currently I have a Pioneer Headunit thats bottom of line and its connected via a wiring harness to my factory harness. COnnected to it via RCA ouputs is a 50x2 amp driving one JL 10" subwoofer.


    How would I go about doing this. my main concern is how do i let the PC know i have a subwoofer. etc. Would the easiest solution be to get a head unit with RCA INPUTS, or to get rid of the head unit all together and just get a 5 channel amp to run all the speakers.
    Hi,

    Well you could do either of them, either way you are going to have to amp the signal generated by the pc - you can't connect speakers directly to the output on the pc. Best bet and most future proof is to get an amp, it will sound better than using a head unit to amp the signal.

    You can get the Jl audio E series for under 200

    Regards,

    John

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    lol thats what i didnt want. Cuz If I by a 5 channel amp, i have to wire each individual speaker to eat. Unless I make my own harness to plug into the factory one. Actually that will work.

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    get a $50 EQ and a 4 channel amp. The EQ will split your signal coming from the comp into front, rear, and sub ... and allow you to set the crossover freq.

    re-wire each speaker and leave the factory clips in tact for when you want to sell it.

    you'll thank yourself for re-wiring ... factory wire sucks.
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    So getting rid of the HU and using fm modulator and computer cd player is better sound quality then having a HU? That doesn't seem right but I am new to this so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by h22lude
    So getting rid of the HU and using fm modulator and computer cd player is better sound quality then having a HU? That doesn't seem right but I am new to this so...
    An FM modulator is for if you have a HU that does not have AUX inputs. It goes inline with the antenna and you tune your HU to a low station, usualy in the 88.X range.

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    You can find FM Modulator on Ebay for $20. With a good soound card, sound is not too bad. The auxillary inputs might sound cleaner, but you have to determine what cost the "better" sound is worth.
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    who said anything about an fm modulator? i was saying take the output of your soundcard into the rca in of the eq ... then rcas out to the amp.

    fm modulation sucks.
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    How is that better than a HU to play radio and cds?

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    going with or without a HU is a matter of preference.

    my opinion is it's better to use your carpc for cds and radio ... it's a more complete system that way. plus it opens up more room for mounting your LCD

    if you think a HU is better ... great. go for it.
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