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Sound card with digital out

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by daninthemix, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. daninthemix

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    Dear all,

    Can anyone tell me the cheapest, simplest way to get a PCM stream out of my computer, so I can run it into my AV system about 10 metres away?

    I don't want a huge soundcard with bells and whistles on (or a front panel for that matter!), I just want one that can send PCM data straight out over coax (or optical since it's quite a distance) for decoding by an AV processor.

    Best solution is a card with one digital output and nothing else that costs £10 :D

    ...but I'll happily accept the closest alternative...
     
  2. Dangerous

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    I have an SBlive 5.1 sound card which has an SPDIF output socket. You will need a interconnect with a mono-jack plug on it. I would let you have this for £15 plus p+p if you are interested.
    Dave
     
  3. daninthemix

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    So you're offering a soundcard with digital out for £15 then? Yes I'm definitely interested! Can you PM me an address to send the cheque, and any info on where I can get the 3.5mm jack-to-spdif cable from then?
     
  4. Oli

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    Sorry, but have you ever got it to work? I havent, even with the right cabling!
     
  5. Charlie Whitehouse

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    Dan,

    You're surely not going to put the output from a £15 sound card into your new ?????????? :eek: Oh, the pain, the pain!! :rotfl:
     
  6. Steve1138

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    I bought the TERRATEC Aureon 5.1 Fun
    the cheapest one in the new AUREON range.

    Has optical in and out

    Seems to work fine so far
     
  7. daninthemix

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    Steve1138 - thanks for the info. I've ordered the Terratec, since Toslink seems more suitable for connecting over 10 meters.

    Charlie - the Terratec costs a more reasonable £28. Have I allayed your fears :smashin:
     
  8. Daneel

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    Over 10m!!!????

    The cable will cost you more than the sound card =) I also think you will get signal degredation over that length. IIRC, coax is better over long distances, I could be wrong.
     
  9. daninthemix

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    Already ordered the cable - £25 for a 10m optical. Lack of signal degradation over long distances is one of the main reasons optical exists - it's coax that you have to watch over lengthy runs due to greater chance of RFI/interference and also weakening of the electrical signal.
     
  10. Dangerous

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    Daninthemix
    I take it you do not want the card, no problem just thought I would offer you a cheap option.

    Oli
    I have been using this card to supply a signal to my Yam A1 witout any problems.
    Dave
     
  11. Oli

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    Can you explain to me how? I have spent ages tryin to get it to work, never had any luck!
     

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