spdif cable

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Nismo83, Jun 14, 2003.

  1. Nismo83

    Nismo83 OSNN AZN Addict

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    guys.. i lost my spdif cable that connects from the sound card to the subwoofer. i own a acs56.

    where can i get a spdif cable?
     
  2. Taurus

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    any rca cable should do. that's with these ends on it:

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    very common. used for audio/video.
     
  3. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Don't SPDIF cables offer better sound quality than regular RCA cables?
     
  4. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    i always thought they were total gold and not copper like almost all RCA cables
     
  5. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    it's digital... so maybe they have a gold-plated contacts and a better wire to make sure there's no signal loss. after all... digital + signal loss = absolutely no sound.

    so buy a good, quality rca cable, nismo. maybe the high-end home theater kind.
     
  6. Nismo83

    Nismo83 OSNN AZN Addict

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    ok.. thanks for enlighten me.
     
  7. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Actually the digital signal should be less sensitive to signal loss.
    Analog + a little signal loss => crappy sound
    Digital + a little signal loss => still perfect sound

    And yes the cables are only gold plated, not gold.
     
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    right, but if the signal dips under the threshold allowed by the receiver (sub, in this case) then it's the same as having no signal. also, a good cable would be shielded better to guard against EMI (electro-magnetic interference).. which could cause pops or worse on your digital audio.
     
  9. Zedric

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    True, if the signal drop is to large the digital signal will go stone dead. The analog will go on sounding like cr*p. :p

    I know you (most likely) know this, but just to clarify, gold plating has nothing to do with shielding. But a shielded cable is of course better than an unshielded. :)
     
  10. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    roger roger. :cool:
     
  11. Electronic Punk

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    Anyone use a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 with SPDIF (the digital out on the damn thing) to output into the digital in of a Dolby reciever?

    I can only get the reciever to detect stereo :(
    Not the reciever as I can get DTS with my DVD player. Damn pain :(
     
  12. wessleym

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    Electronic Punk, what cable do you use to connect to your Audigy? Nobody else seems to know, even though it's so simple. Thanks.