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    Plans for HiFi Car Pc

    All,

    Newbie to car pcs but about 20 years experience with PCs from way back in the VIC 20 days and I am curently a SA for Intel based servers, there I've dated myself.

    Looking to find a good PCI card for my car PC shopping list and I was considering using M-Audio US41750. Reading through different forums on the Web I have noticed alot of people have mentioned the E-MU cards as well. My budget is under 200.00 and I want a card that offers high quality analog output from my digital files (mp3 and eventually FLAC) to my car's Head unit's inputs. Main requirement is awesome stereo 2 channel and possibly this card is over featured for my requirements. Please advise if there is a better choice.

    Here is shoping list so far - (feed back appreciated as I'm thinking of buying soon):

    1 x Mini-Key USB Keyboard DGPN-570
    1 x VIA EPIA SP13000 Mini-ITX Motherboard
    1 x Opus Mini-ITX Vehicle PC Case w/ built in 120w power supply
    1 x Xenarc 700TS - VGA Monitor with touchscreen
    1 x NEC Black IDE Slim DVD Burner Model ND-6750A - OEM
    1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive (had 3.5 hard drives in my NEO for years and never had issues with temps, cold in PA)
    1 Zonet ZEW2500P 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless USB2.0 (to connect to my home wireless for backups to server).
    1 G.SKILL 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory

    My initial use for the PC is to use it as my HiFi Digital music player. I currently have a Neo running OpenNeo and .mp3s files, about approx 6000. I am currently re-ripping my CD collection using FLAC with the intention of using them on the car pc.

    Should I be concerned about compatibilty issues with VIA chipset and my selected hardware? Any glaring newbie mistakes.

    Future plans to expand to other uses such as GPS etc down the road.

    thnx

    d
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    Onboard sound is crap, go external.

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    if you want the best sound possible you have to ax the soundcard and go digital into a sound processor (like the alpine unit i have) or find an amp with digital input

    edit: didn't see your budget. i'd go with an internal soundblaster pci card with the kxdrivers. if your amp isnt really close to the computer i'd think abou tgetting a line driver (audiocontrol 24sx is what i used). i had this setup before and it sounded really good
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    onboard audio isn't total crap. with the ambient sound from a car running and driving down the road, you won't notice the difference unless you are an audiophile. unless you put extra effort and put in sound mat, insulating sound, a pci card should be fine. i see you drive an impala. i have an s10 and am happy with pci to aux input of pioneer head unit. my opinion, if you are on budge, go for a pci sound card

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    i think he was refering to the onboard sound...like the one that is built into the motherboard

    also..going from my straight pic then to pci/linedriver setup to the pxa-h700 i noticed a major improvement each time
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    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
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