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Sound card recomendation.

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by John Watts, Jun 17, 2003.

  1. John Watts

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    Hi all,

    Can anyone reccomend a good sound card with 6.1 for es/ex obviously with optical or coax outputs.

    Cheers,
    John.
     
  2. Gary Lightfoot

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    I would think most coax spdif out cards would be much the same.

    I'm using an old Aureal SQ1500 and it works a treat.

    The SB 4.1 and 5.1 both do spdif out via a 3.5mm mono jack to phono adapter, and work quite well apparently.

    Any spdif out card that does 5.1 will also do 6.1.

    There are a lot of very cheap cards out there, but I've not seen any reports of them. Ebuyer seem to have a few in stock by the looks of it.

    HTH

    Gary
     
  3. John Watts

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    Im sorry Gary what is spdif?
     
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    In this case it means digital coax output, to connect PC to digital decoder (e.g. Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS).

    S/P-DIF means Sony/Phillips Digital InterFace, a now obsolete standard superseded by IEC 958; and can mean either digital 75ohm coax (RCA) or TOSlink (optical). It's purpose is a "consumer quality" connection from DVD/CD player to decoder/amp.

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    spdif is the Sony Philips Digital InterFace. :)

    it's the single output for digital sound, and is found on the back of DVD players, often with an optical output alongside it.

    HTH

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    I see thanks guys.

    So do any sound cards have coax or optical digital outputs? or even both?

    Cheers,
    John.
     

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