Sound card output

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  1. Mike Nep

    Mike Nep Stunt Coordinator

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    What is everyone using to send signal to their receiver. what connections do I need to do this because my sound card doesn't have a digital coaxial out or a toslink. I think I'm screwed. Please help.
     
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    If I remember correctly, I've got digital coax coming from the S/PDIF on my Hollywood Plus card (a hardware mpeg decoder) to my receiver.
     
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    What type of sound card do you have?

    Does it specify a SPDIF output? Lots do, you need to turn them on

    You also need a 1/8" to RCA converter cable.

    You should be able to run it into your receiver directly then.
     
  4. Scott L

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    brentl- I have an SBLive! mp3+ and it does have a 1/8" jack that says S/PDIF. Where can I get a converter? I currently use a 1/8" --> stereo RCA out to the receiver, plugged into the analog audio out on the sound card. I guess I just need the same thing as that except it has to be mono.
     
  5. Jedd

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    there are couple thing you can do, depending on the software you use:

    like:

    - to use mp3 ability of the receiver you have to go to winamp preferences and configure the plugin to send signal to the S/PDIF

    -to watch movies in the PowerDVD you have to go to Audio options and select between Stereo and S/PDIF outputs

    If you cant find these, you also can go to the Control Pannel -> Multimedia -> Audio and select playback option in the combobox.
     
  6. Mike Nep

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    So you're all saying that the 1/8" to rca converter thingy will transfer a digital signal to my receiver?
     
  7. Chris Tsutsui

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    Yes you'll need an adapter that has male 1/8" stereo mini plug on one side to female digital coaxial. Then use a digital coaxial interconnect from your sound card to your receiver.

    If you play PCM stereo digital music it will sound fine. However, I don't think your soundblaster MP3 has AC3 dolby digital pass through. You might need a 5.1 compatable soundcard for that.
     
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    male 1/8" STEREO mini plug.

    That's the biggy ... Stereo

    Yep, unless it specifies DD5.1 you are pretty much stuck with Stereo(pro logic)

    Brent

    Just ask Radio Shack, they'll hook you up.
     
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  10. Mike Nep

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    You guys all kick serious ass! Thanks for the help. Now I need some help configuring my HTPC to output picture to my JUST ARRIVED ae100! Anyone now the basics with winDVD and powerstrip? I'm such a newb aren't I? Please help.
     
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    Yea that's what I was thinking. Digital bitstream is not stereo. We would need a MONO adapter.
     
  12. Mike Nep

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    I have both stereo and mono so I'll try both. My receiver syncs to a digital signal and lights up a digital sign. I'll post again when I find out.
     
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    I've heard that SB cards output overly high Coax outputs that have been known to damage some receivers and that the quality is not the best available. I ordered a Zoltrix Nightingale PRO 6 Sound Card because it can be had for around $40 and has both optical and coaxial inputs and outputs. I use it for DTS, DD, and PCM.
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    A Review can be viewed http://www.digit-life.com/articles/zoltrixpro6/
     

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