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We are going to develop a train simulator for the education of machinist candidates. The simulator will be realistic like the real train, with all of its features. Hence, we need the sounds to be heard by the machinist like driving the real train. We are planning to collect the real train sounds on the train and use FMOD library to provide the sounds. I asked a question about the sound formats before. I want also to consult about the sound card, speakers and speaker configurations. We are planning to buy Creative X-Fi sound card for our simulator system, do you have any idea, which one of them is more appropriate? Also, we have not decided to buy which speaker system yet. Can you suggest me any idea, any choice about the speakers? In addition, how do we put the speakers in the cabin for the best performance? I uploaded a picture of the cabin and a schema to the flickr, the link is below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25993307@N02/

Thanks for your help…

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Hi,
I’m not actually sure what the difference between XFi models is besides the accessories they come with. To be honest I dont think you need to worry about the most expensive one, the basic one would work just as well with FMOD as long as the S/N ratio is the same.

As for speakers, that’s way out of my (our) league, i’m assuming you want them to be small, you might be better off asking an A/V forum. You can fit any speakers you want, I wouldnt recommend ‘computer speakers’ we usually get proper speakers for our stuff and run it through a 5.1 or 7.1 amp.

Sure is an interesting project though i’d like to see what happens with it / how it turns out :)

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This sounds like a perfect system where to use surround 5.1 or 7.1 sound system with multichannel audio files.

The choice of speakers will depend on your budget and most of all, how long lifetime do you expect the speakers to have in that kind of environment. If you want to go to bit more professional direction, a good choice would be a near-field monitor that would give you a good control over directivity and natural sound. A low-budget version would be Behringer MS20 or Fostex 6301B, with a bit higher budget maybe even Genelec 8020A. The speakers should be mounted in the same way as 5.1 or 7.1 speakers in home theatres.

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