Notebook & Surround Sound

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Brad E, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. Brad E

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    I just bought a Dell Inspiron 9100 notebook today. Can't wait to get it.
    I will be hooking it up to my H/K 7200 via S-video. The problem is with the audio. There is no optical or coax output. The only audio output it has (that I know of) is the headphone output.
    So how do I go about getting a digital audio connection?
     
  2. SethH

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    I think you may be surprised. I have a Dell Latitude C800 (about 3 years old). It has a jack on the side that looks like S-Video, but Dell sent a little dongle type thing to plug into that jack that give me an s-video out, a composite video out, and a digital coax audio out. I'm not saying this will necessarily be the same in your case, but I would think there's a good chance.

    If it does not come with anything then you could possibly buy an outboard soundcard that connects via firewire or USB2.0.
     
  3. Angelo.M

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    Creative Labs makes an external USB soundcard. I believe it's called the MP3 Blaster, and retails for $30-40. It will provide you with digital outputs (and inputs).
     
  4. Brad E

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    Thanks for the help guys.

    Seth, that little dongle type thing. Did it look like this? In the bottom right side of the picture.

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    Thanks,
    Brad
     
  5. SethH

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    Yep, that'd be it. One of the plugs on it should be orange (at least mine is). This is the digital audio out.

    Congrats on the new computer.
     
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    I just realized that my new Dell Latitude (very sweet machine, BTW; the Mac-like titanium case is nice [​IMG]) has the same output cable. I'll check this out myself.
     

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