Digital audio output for PC/laptop?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Sound Junkie, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. Sound Junkie

    Sound Junkie Guest

    I am looking for a peripheral which would merely provide a digital
    audio output (coaxial and/or optical), so I could use my computer as a
    DVD player, using an external receiver/amplifier with a digital input.

    I purchased Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX, which is an external "sound
    card" box hooked up via USB. It provides both coax and optical output,
    and I can utilize them in PowerDVD by setting "SPDIF thru" in Audio
    settings.

    This is exactly what I want: allows me to send DVD soundtrack in its
    virgin form (including DD 5.1 and DTS) directly to my digital
    receiver. Works fine. The only problem is that this is an overkill - I
    have no use for the rest of this Sound Blaster and all of the nice
    features it offers. $100 seems like a lot for a simple digital output
    add-on.

    Are there any simpler alternatives?

    TIA!
     
    Sound Junkie, Nov 8, 2004
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  2. Sound Junkie

    Biz Guest

    Maybe simpler but $100 is about as cheap a solution as you are bound to
    find.
     
    Biz, Nov 8, 2004
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  3. Robert Morein, Nov 8, 2004
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  4. Sound Junkie

    nappy-iou Guest


    Interesting little device! AND it does 38Khz! Something I have been looking
    for forever! (see typo in text at link)

    :)
     
    nappy-iou, Nov 8, 2004
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  5. Sound Junkie

    Sound Junkie Guest

    Looks cool, however these seem to only use USB 1.1, not USB 2.0
    (2-channel stereo PCM only). I got the impression that for
    high-bandwidth digital audio (DD 5.1 or DTS) USB 1.1 is too slow. Can
    you play DTS tracks using this device?

    Thanks!
     
    Sound Junkie, Nov 9, 2004
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  6. Dolby digital and DTS are both compressed formats which cram all 5.1
    channels into a standard spdif bitstream which normally carries only 2
    channels of uncompressed data. USB1.1 has plenty of bandwidth for this.

    Cheers.

    James.
     
    James Perrett, Nov 17, 2004
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  7. Sound Junkie

    Guest Guest

    Yeah, walmart sells an external soundblaster card for around 35 bucks. I
    love mine
     
    Guest, Nov 22, 2004
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