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    Question Questions about PC Speakers

    I saw another thread in regards to this topic. Someone asked if it were possible to power a set of logitech z680 pc speakers with a power inverter. My question is quite simliar, I just wanted to start up conversation again on this topic since that thread seems to have died. What are the downsides to using a set of PC speakers for a car system? I'm interested in building a carputer, and have been a pc enthusiast for years, but I'm rather new to the realm of car audio. PC speakers seem to be immensely cheaper than most comparable car setups, and it seems that besides the ghetto factor of having goofy looking speakers, it seems like they would be very easy to set up, being already amplified and all. I'm interested in dropping a set of lesser speakers than the z680, probably just something a little cheaper in the logitech line. EDIT: The speakers would probably be 280 watt rms.

    My apologies for that disorganized mess of a question/paragraph, but what are the downsides to this type of setup?

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    you could, there is no problems with that, but the whole point in the carputer is that it is intergreated with the car. where as this is just taking your desk from your house and powering it by your car. it is much better to just use a laptop. you may also have trouble powering it as there would be problms with smooting unless you bought a 1 farad capacitor to smooth it out otherwise your headlamps will dim to the beat of the music!!!! hope this helps
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    1. theyll look stupid (i mean that in the nicest way possible )
    2. theyll are probably less efficent than car designed stuff which means more power drain on your cars electrical system
    3. youll have to buy a big clunky invertor
    4. they probably wont sound as good as stuff that has been designed specifically for a car environment, but i could be wrong on that last one
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    house peakers have 8ohms and car speakers have 4ohms or whatever, whats the difference?

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    The main thing is though, these speakers sound quite good, and are only $140 for the whole thx certified system. They're literally 1/3 the price of anything actually made for cars. As for the whole looks thing, well... we'll see about that They probably will look pretty weird, but for the price, I think it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris-sullivan
    you could, there is no problems with that, but the whole point in the carputer is that it is intergreated with the car. where as this is just taking your desk from your house and powering it by your car. it is much better to just use a laptop. you may also have trouble powering it as there would be problms with smooting unless you bought a 1 farad capacitor to smooth it out otherwise your headlamps will dim to the beat of the music!!!! hope this helps
    How would I go about adding a 1 farad capacitor?

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    I've tried house speakers in the car and they sounded flat, i don't know if there will be the same problem with PC speakers, i guess someone has to give them a try..

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    1) PC speakers would look stupid in a car.
    2) If you did put them it would be one ghetto system.
    3) Also i don't know if you are a audiophile or not, but car speakers are the way to go. They are made to fit your car. You could always pick up a cheap set of speakers at your local audio store and those would sound fine if you are not an audiophile.

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    If you're primarily listening to 5.1 channel audio, then your idea is not so bad, however the output capacity of your "pre-enclosed" Logitech sub will never ever come close to the output and sound quality of a company that actually makes subwoofers for a living (such as JL Audio, Rockford Fosgate, MTX...etc)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwalker0229
    house peakers have 8ohms and car speakers have 4ohms or whatever, whats the difference?
    its more difficult to make accurate sounding speakers at low impedence (ohms) (think more expensive) but its also difficult to make higher voltages out of a low 12 voltage in the car (you need higher voltages to drive higher impedences)
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