Laptop Mp3 Player ?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by jdn, Dec 22, 2003.

  1. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    I am having a new years party and want to play our mp3s over our home theater system.
    I plan to copy the files to my tosh sat 5200 laptop so as to reduce the distance of the audio cable.
    The yam ac-xg sound card has an spdif minijack output.
    I plan to use a coax input ( it has 3) on my hk avr-510 ( it reads mp3s) to accept the digital signal.
    Question
    does the mini jack connection need a stereo or mono connection
    and are there any settings to be changed on the sound card
    as it is a dual (spdif/headphones) jack.
    I would prefer to do the above so as to get the digital signal but I could just output to std. left/right composite jacks orrrr
    If this cannot work how long a coax can you between you box and your receiver.
    I could run this from the box below but they about 50' (15m) apart
    Cheers and happy holidays
     
  2. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    if your laptop's spdif-out is in the form of a 1/8" minijack, then i suppose you would need one of these

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    .. with an normal rca cable after that. you shouldn't need analog cables. try that and see if it'll play. if not, look around in your sound settings for an "enable spdif output" option. maybe update the laptop's sound drivers for good measure.
     
  3. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    Thanks,
    but I know the type of plug
    The one you have shown is a mono plug.
    The stereo plug has an extra black band.
    The question: which do you need??
    I think my drivers should be good as it is new in 2003 and upgrading laptop drivers can be dicey
     
  4. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    well, make up your mind... so you want to use the normal analog stereo output? or digital coaxial (spdif)? not both, just one. digital will provide the best quality.

    [edit] wait... do you mean it has optical digital output?

    [2nd edit] does the side of yours look like this?
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  5. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    Again thankyou
    but i think you are missing my point.
    The mini jack comes in two variations.
    Which is required for spdif
    Mono or stereo
     
  6. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    spdif is mono. + and -, that's all. it's digital.

    it says your headphone (green) also support optical digital out... but i don't see how? it's not an optical port. maybe they mean coaxial. doesn't your users manual explain how to hook up spdif?
     
  7. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Stupid question..

    Does the stereo accept digital input?

    That is not the same as analog stereo input. The stereo must be compatible or you must use an analog output from the computer.

    As for how long it is...

    I have a 30 foot audio coax cabnle running from my stereo to my computer and it sounds fine, no noise at all.

    I took 2 -15 foot cables from radio shack and plugged them into each other. These are standard audio coax extension cables.

    Line losses are not an issue since it is low level signal. Plug the audio cable into your stereo CD, Aux, whatever input is spare. You can control the volume out of the computyer with the volume control panel. If the computer level is too high it may cause distortion. You may need to cut the volume back at the computer end.
     
  8. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    Okay I tried a mono mini jack and no luck
    However I did plug it into a standard audio in jack and received that channel which means the headphone part of the jack is working.
    I have check the yamaha panel and selected all sources. That seems to be the only option to trigger.
    Any ideas and yes my tosh audio panel looks like the one above - no optical out only spdif via the headphone jack

    Yes my receiver does accept both coax and optical digital inputs.
     
  9. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    if the digital coax thing didn't work with that adapter, and if the user manual doesn't explain how to get digital output working, then i guess you're forced to use analog.

    makes me wonder how they expect anybody to utilize the digital output if it's impossible to figure out.
    :confused:
     
  10. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    Okay now i must be stupid
    I tried it using the box below and still nfg
    Any ideas with the nvidea nforce>
     
  11. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    i've never actually hooked up digital connections between a computer and receiver, so i'm not sure.

    but analog's a piece of cake. i hope you're not having trouble hooking analog up?
     
  12. jdn

    jdn I'm trying

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    No analog works fine.
    Doing more looking and I find the nforce2 audio outputs digital at 48 kHz and my receiver recieves at 96kHz. Can the the card be changed as I know creative cards can but I cant find a switch to do this.
     
  13. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    on my creative, its 1 of the advanced features to switch to spif, its one or the other, not both at once though.