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What sound card?

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by chedmaster, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. chedmaster

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    I'm turning my media center based pc in to the htpc it deserves to be, but on a very very tight budget, as its a luxury rather than a necessity atm!

    As of now I am backing lots of films onto an 80 gig HD (won't last long!!!), in preparation. I plan to connect using s-video for the time being, and eventually buy another 9800pro (i sold mine without realising it did component :( )

    What I need is a Sound card which has a standard RCA Coaxial Digital output, or an adapter supplied with it to make it in to one as I can't be bothered with more adapters meaning more postage (probably from America!) etc.

    Obviously it has to pass out Dolby Digital, and preferably DTS but I don't know what the state of play is here.

    I don't need analogue outputs but realise they will probably be inevitable.

    Does such a thing exist without paying over £20 second hand? Ebay or anywhere?

    Thanks Guys
     
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    As it will be digital passthrough you only need something like an SB Live! which you should get for less than a tenner.

    A step up would be an Audigy mark one. You get the addition of a firewaire port which may, or may not be useful. These are less than twenty quid.

    They both need a mini jack to phono converter to connect to your amp. I've had both and they work well.

    Dave
     
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    What card do you have now? Maybe there are extension brackets for it with the connections you want.
     
  4. chedmaster

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    ill look for an sb live!, atm the pc just has integrated stereo sound, built into motherboard. thanks for the replies
     
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    will this work, just to output DD/DTS?
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3701&item=5218538780&rd=1
    it has standard RCA spdif output. If anyone would be so kind as to find an ebay sourced one and tell me what adapter i need it would be much appreciated, theres so many!!!

    they all seem to have a 3.5mm connection for spdif? id love to just plug one in and chuck a coaxial digital cable at it!
     
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    I think for an adaptor you just need a phono to mono-mini-jack which Maplin or similar should do?

    That card looks as though it probably uses C-Media chipsets from the website so should be ok?
     
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    thanks, ive found a sb live going for around a fiver, and have ordered a mono 3.5mm to phono from maplins.
     
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