Using the digital output from DVD drive.

Pack Dude

Active Member

Is it possible to use the digital output from the DVD drive in my PC therefore completely neglecting the need for a soundcard? Is there any reason not to do this and leaving my amp do all the decoding?

Thanks for any help.


Active Member
No, I don't think so. Even if it may be fine for PCM stereo use, raw AC3 is read across the IDE bus (not via the separate S/PDIF channel) and ultimately written through the PCI to your soundcard.


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