Best DSP to have for car audio setup?


WorldsLoudestCreature

CarAudio.com Recruit
Jan 31, 2021
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Georgia
Choices are between these 2 since they are around the same price and features are around the same, would like everyone's opinion! Thanks.

- Arc Audio PS8
- Helix DSP PRO MK2


Please help me figure out which one would be the better purchase thank you.

My setup will be this as follows.

/Starting out/ [Ending as]


/2 B2 X2Six 15s D2/ [4 B2 X2Six 15s D2]
/[B2 M16 GW]/
/1 B2 Reference 4/ [2 B2 Reference 4s]
/2 B2 3 Way Mani Pairs/ [4 B2 3 Way Mani Pairs]
/2 Singer 390 HO Alts/ [3 Singer 390 HO Alts]
/[2 Cyber 12k Lithiums/]
/[2XS Power SB1500-75 Super Cap Bank]/
/[One of these DSPS, with the Sony RSX GS9]/
 

LsGuy

Manila Gorilla
Sep 11, 2020
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Ohio
I'm really confused as to what makes these DSPs worth 10x the price of other solid DSPs. Even of you argued the possible slight improvement in SQ, this is clearly an SPL build.
 

WorldsLoudestCreature

CarAudio.com Recruit
Jan 31, 2021
44
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Georgia
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I'm really confused as to what makes these DSPs worth 10x the price of other solid DSPs. Even of you argued the possible slight improvement in SQ, this is clearly an SPL build.
Not really going for spl, honestly going for sql. But yes it will be gear towards in a way lean I ng more towards spl.
 

Cynic0l

CarAudio.com Regular
Jun 28, 2019
157
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I think it's the dacs that are inside of them, they can play up to 192 /32bit music.
Lol youre better off joining the DSP group on Facebook too bro 😂 almost everyone recommends the Helix. Same with that guy Nick who owns ResoNix. Unless you’re going for budget most of em in the DSP group will tell you to run helix
 

marc2112

CarAudio.com Elite
Oct 12, 2012
1,058
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Montreal, Qc
I personally would get the PS8 for the swappable op amps. The Helix certainly is one of the best out there and has more channels.

It really depends on your needs and I suggest you download both softwares to see which one you prefer.
 

marc2112

CarAudio.com Elite
Oct 12, 2012
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Montreal, Qc
That's very interesting. May I ask, what is the point of changing them? Incase they are damaged or a increase in quality? Would the Burr Brown OPA2604 be better, sorry just curious. Would like to know the extent.
It just a more advanced customization feature to obtain a warmer sound that can't be achieved by software.

That's the point of swappable opamps. You can try them all.. BurrBrown, Muse, etc. I personally really like the Burson's.
 

WorldsLoudestCreature

CarAudio.com Recruit
Jan 31, 2021
44
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Georgia
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It just a more advanced customization feature to obtain a warmer sound that can't be achieved by software.

That's the point of swappable opamps. You can try them all.. BurrBrown, Muse, etc. I personally really like the Burson's.
Where can I buy those at? And so you have the PS8 and changes over to those? What do they sound like compared to the original?
 

marc2112

CarAudio.com Elite
Oct 12, 2012
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Montreal, Qc
Where can I buy those at? And so you have the PS8 and changes over to those? What do they sound like compared to the original?
No I never had a PS8. I have a Asus STX II soundcard with Burson opamps atm. I have a 8-ch head unit in my car and don't need a DSP to run everything but eventually I'm gonna get the Brax.


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JulesH

Junior Member
10+ year member
Oct 23, 2004
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VA
Personally I think that the dsp408 is adequate unless you need additional channels or center channel processing. I dont think you will hear the difference between higher res music and tidal in a car. The installers like Nick like the helix with built in amplification since it satisfies the needs of the customer, takes up less room than separates and is easier to install.

Most people cant hear the difference between bitrates on expensive headphone setups at home.
 

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