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    6 channel output from EPIA MII

    I'm not entirly sure as to where I should post this question, here or the hardware section.


    I am working on pricing and designing a carputer based upon the MII. The goal is to have mp3, dvd, cd, etc... Right now I have a head unit powering 4 Blaupunkt 50w RMS speakers. My question is will I need an amp to power them or can I just run it from the motherboard? Also I've been thinking about using the S/Pdif output on the MII to do so. Is there such a device that will take digital coax and output it to 6 speakers (or even 5)?

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    Is there such a device that will take digital coax and output it to 6 speakers (or even 5)?
    Yes, its called an amplifier. I'd recommend you get an amplifier. 50Wx4 is good for a head unit, but going straight from head unit to speakers will give your really poor sound. Amplifiers take RCAs in, and it goes right out to the speakers. Get your self a nice sound card, a couple headphone jack to RCA converter thingies (should be about a buck a piece at radio shack) and just go right to the amp. This way you wont need a head unit at all.
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    ajaswa, you cannot power your speakers from the output on your motherboard. You must go to an amplifier first.

    Yes, they have amplifiers that will accept an S/PDIF input. However they are extremely expensive. It just depends on how much you want to spend. Alternatively you can look for an S/PDIF to RCA converter box. They make those as well. Then you would go from S/PDIF out from your motherboard and into the converter box. And from the converter box into a standard amplifier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lgbr
    Yes, its called an amplifier. I'd recommend you get an amplifier. ... Get your self a nice sound card, a couple headphone jack to RCA converter thingies...
    Really? I must have missed that somewhere... and I recommend that you read up on S/PDIF (digital coax). What I didn't know was answered by unsavory (thanks). I have been looking for an amp that took digital coax in but with no luck, I've only found ones with optical in. And I didn't know tthat they made S/PDIF to RCA converters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaswa
    .... Is there such a device that will take digital coax and output it to 6 speakers (or even 5)?
    Andrew
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