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Thread: Is a DC-DC converter really nessecary?

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    Post Is a DC-DC converter really nessecary?

    I have a nice power inverter that I'm not using and I thought why should I go to all this trouble and time to build a DC-DC converter when I'm already covered for power? Thanks.

    -Kev

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    DC-DC is the most effecient and will allow your computer to produce highest quality sound. However, also being a high school student I know about being strapped for money and time so I don't see why you wouldn't use and inverter that you already have. It's not like it will cost you anything to switch in the future.
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    DC - DC is the best you can do for your project, b.cause eficiency and low noise. But if you´re already have an inverter go for it. just ground it well to the car and see if noise comes up to the sound.

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    I'll say this I had the inverter and it worked pretty well. I upgraded to the atx dc to dc power supply and I can honestly say I would never use an inverter again. Once you try it you can never go back. It might have cost $170 bucks but it was worth every penny.

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    Yeah.. Quality components are where it's at.. I upgraded my sound card to a model with rca outs and it's amazing the difference. my next planned upgrade is a DC-DC
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    Cool

    So now we have many ppl converting after months or should i say years (may 1) of shouting.....
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    what sound card are you using with rca outs ?

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    I plan on upgrading also whenever I can find one that fits.

    my sound card is the m-audio audiophile 24/96 and it has rca jacks on it too.

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