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Cheapest soundcard with true 44.1 SPDIF out?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mark Tranchant, Jul 1, 2002.

  1. Mark Tranchant

    Mark Tranchant Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm looking to integrate my PC into my AV system, and use it as a CD jukebox. I plan to rip all my CDs using a lossless compressor like Monkey's Audio or LPAC to maintain maximum quality, and use a soundcard's SPDIF output to feed my receiver.

    As this will be purely digital and I'm not (at the moment) interested in 24/96 or other formats, what is the cheapest soundcard I can get that supports a 16/44.1 digital output?

    I don't want a resampled 48kHz (like Creative), and I don't care about coax or optical, or analogue sound quality. I'm hoping to spend less than M-Audio or Terratec money. Anyone tried the Zoltrix Nightingale for this application?
     
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    I've used an Aureal SQ2500 with a digital coax out. While I don't know the actual specs, it does work great. If u can find one, it sells for just about $15-$20 now.
     
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    FYI, I have the SQ2500 and I can't get it to output Dolby Digital in WinXP and PowerDVD. It works 100% in WinME/9x though. PCM digital out works great on all Win OSes.

    Thomas
     
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    Keep in mind that the Aureal cards are no longer in production, and are not supported anymore! Aureal went under nearly 2 years ago.

    My Aureal card had an option for 44.1 Khz output on the SPDIF, but I am uncertain if it down/upsamples or not.
     
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    Kris McLaughlin Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm using the Zoltrix Nightingale Pro 6, and it works well. It was cheap and has optical & coax digital ins & outs, selectable at 44.1 or 48khz. Whether or not it's resampled, I don't know. Sounds good to me, though. Maybe do some searching over at the AVS forum, they have a great HTPC forum.
    (edited for poor grammar)
     
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    Try an Maudio AP 2496. I use one for my HTPC/Jukebox. Great sound!
     

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