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Motherboards with S/PDIF optical out?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by ozdick, Jan 14, 2003.

  1. ozdick

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    Hi,

    Are there any motherboards you would recommend for a HTPC that have an inbuilt S/PDIF optical out? (Also preferably with inbuilt LAN)

    Thanks :)
    Richard
     
  2. JohnS

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    Asus A7V8X, onboard spdif on a seperate bracket with a proper coaxial socket and a 10/100/1000 lan socket, cheap now (£65+VAT) as a replacement has just come out, (unlocks the multiplyer on newer athlons if your interested).
     
  3. Jeff

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    The Intel D845PEBT2 has both coax and optical outs which work very well with Theatertek/Sonic Cineplayer
     
  4. Turl

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    Apologies if this is a question with an obvious answer but will Mobo's with SPDIF or Coax out sockets output Dolby Digital and DTS to an AV amp?.

    If so I am correct in assuming that DD EX and DTS-ES will also be output and therefore decoded by the amp?.

    The reason I ask is that I am thinking about building my next PC without a dedicated soundcard.

    Thanks,

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  5. JohnS

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    I think it depends on the chipset used, certainly the Cmedia variety appears to be sucessful at DD and DTS as well as straight stereo with WMP.
     
  6. RecoilUK

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    Hi

    I have the ASUS A7N8X Deluxe which includes the soundstorm technology. It has a coaxial output on the motherboard and outputs dolby digital straight from the disk, when used with PowerDVD XP 4.0. I would imagine it would pass through DTS and all the other formats to, but I havnt got any DTS disks to test.

    But the real bonus for this motherboard is that it will encode all sounds (games,windows etc) into dolby digital.

    Mines hooked up to a set of Creative Digital 5700 speakers, and I have to say, for the money I spent it sounds awesome.

    Hope that helps.
     
  7. Respectamonkeee

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    the abit IT7 max boards have an optical hook up
     
  8. Spunky

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    My abit NF7-S has an optical out, i've no idea what its like though as i haven't used it yet.

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