Playstation as PC DAC? - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Source & Line > Digital Source

Digital Source Digital Players and Recorders: CD , SACD , Tape, Memory Card, etc.

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 27th June 2008, 04:03 PM   #1
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wirral UK
Default Playstation as PC DAC?

A question to the wise out there. Would it be possible to convert a playstaion for use as an offboard dac for a PC soundcard?

I have the M-Audio 2496 which can do SPDIF out, so could a playstation motherboard be modified to accept the SPDIF signal? I'm guessing the answer is no as I dont think anybody has suggested it in the past but thought I would ask anyway.

Sorry if this is a daft question, feel free to tell me why, it's all good learning. If it could be done it saves another item from landfill and could be a wheeze. We can still pick 1002s up for 10 here so it could be a cheap project if it's possible.


John
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th June 2008, 12:32 AM   #2
jaycee is offline jaycee  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Norwich, UK
No. You would need an S/PDIF reciever circuit for a start.

The DAC in the PSX is probably integrated into one of the chips. Even if it is an external type, it's probably some low end type that would run off of a single 5V supply, powered by a relatively noisy SMPS supply.

It would be simpler, easier and cleaner to build a standalone DAC.
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th June 2008, 04:58 AM   #3
Nanook is offline Nanook  Canada
diyAudio Member
 
Nanook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Chinook Country.Alberta
Default lies, I tell you, lies!

do a search for "Sony playstation as cd player", 2000+ responses and counting.

The DAC is the strong point and the durability of the transport. But the hassles of separating out the inputs, etc may be too much of a PITA....

If needing a DAC, look at some of the NOS types here at diyAudio...or some of the other proven designs out there.


stew
__________________
stew -"A sane man in an insane world appears insane."
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th June 2008, 10:46 AM   #4
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wirral UK
I thought that would be the answer.

I have a modded playstation serving as a CD player already and love the sound. That's why I was wondering if there was anything else could be done with them.

Thanks for the opiniions.

John
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th June 2008, 04:16 PM   #5
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: .
Default Re: Playstation as PC DAC?

Quote:
Originally posted by john blackburn
A question to the wise out there. Would it be possible to convert a playstaion for use as an offboard dac for a PC soundcard?

John
So long as you have some idea of what goes where, it is a trivial task. Lego is more taxing.
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th June 2008, 06:07 PM   #6
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wirral UK
Quote:
Lego is more taxing
Aye, if you know what you are looking at!

Do you have an opinion for a suitable SPDIF converter? I'm still a fresh faced newcomer to this and I'm still on the steep face of the learning curve.

It was only a "could it be done" as for the cost I like the sound of the Playstation and it appeals to my frugal nature to recycle something to a new purpose.

John
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th June 2008, 07:21 PM   #7
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: .
Quote:
Originally posted by john blackburn

Do you have an opinion for a suitable SPDIF converter?
The easiest to use would be the obsolete but sporadically available YM3623. Perhaps you have an old dac that can donate one. Failing that, the TI DIR9001. The others complicate matters.
  Reply With Quote
Old 29th June 2008, 08:11 PM   #8
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wirral UK
Righty Ho. I will Google those numbers and see if I can make head or tail of it.

Thanks for the suggestions

John
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
playstation 2 with USB DAC? jackpipe Digital Source 2 17th September 2009 07:58 AM
defective playstation - need help maps Digital Source 0 26th February 2006 09:44 AM
playstation 2 mod kaukasion Parts 0 10th October 2003 08:52 AM
DVD/Playstation ?? Doug Everything Else 0 30th December 2002 12:37 AM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 03:24 PM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2