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Old 17th August 2006, 06:48 PM   #1
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Lightbulb spdif to usb interface, why not?

hi all...
i'm still searching infos about building a DAC, and i've seen a lot of new DAC IC's(very nice and with great characteristics...) that have the direct interface to usb; easy and simple!but if I want to use my spdif out?that's what i was thinking...so i've had the idea of an spdif to usb interface, so we can use both sources(pc and cd) using just 2 ic's, but i still can't find anything...
anyone has ideas?what do you think?can we do something?
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Old 17th August 2006, 06:51 PM   #2
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i forget!

if we can do it, this means that we can forget cs8412 & sons...not a bad idea watching at the prices now...

so come on!
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Old 17th August 2006, 07:18 PM   #3
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Just buy this thing mod it to high end:
http://sounden.terratec.net/modules....icle&artid=384
or this one:
http://www.soundblaster.com/products...5&product=9103
place it in a big nice looking 19" case and you are done!

problem with building usb to spdif is that you have to write a driver youself and i myself can't do that. besides the creative sound thing has a very good signal/noise ratio!!
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Old 17th August 2006, 07:25 PM   #4
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Is that current Creative outboard box true true true 24 bit now?
ie does it convert the data to 16 bit to process it?

There were complaints about other Creative products along these lines.

Anyone know of any reviews to link to that discuss the sound quality from an audiophile/ recording quality perspective?
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Old 17th August 2006, 07:26 PM   #5
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... or just buy one of these: http://industrialcomponent.com/maudio/us99130.html

" ... Digital I/O lets you transfer pristine audio between your computer and other devices such as MiniDisc and DAT. The digital output can deliver AC-3 and DTS from your computer to an external decoder such as a surround receiver. And the bus-powered design allows you play and record virtually anywhere your laptop can go. ..."

Bi-directional 24 bit Toslink and SPDIF to USB, Mac or PC ... and little or no cpu power supply noise problems using the Toslink or Coax SPDIF, unlike the PCI cards above.

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Disclosure: I work for IndustrialComponent.com (an M-Audio distributor) ... and we throw in a short USB cable with RF noise filter @ no extra cost ...
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Old 17th August 2006, 07:31 PM   #6
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Maudio stuff is pretty good IMHO. Is there a similar product from MAudio that aspires to sound even better than this model?

Actually I know MAudio has lots of boxes, my point is what the next step up in sound quality is, but I don't need lots of features...

Or better, the simplest box that has the best quality sound that MAudio is capable of
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Old 17th August 2006, 07:36 PM   #7
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Default looking good?

" ... or this one: http://www.soundblaster.com/product...05&product=9103 ..."

Actually those SoundBlaster USB specs look pretty good!

But!!?? ... apparently it is NOT Apple Mac compatable ...

This is important ... especally when you try to sell it on eBay next year when you upgrade to something better ... Apple Mac compatible = Linux compatible = Unix compatible = Windows Vista compatible = just about everything compatable ... (Windows only = not!)
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Old 17th August 2006, 08:12 PM   #8
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wait wait guys...we're diyers, aren't we?
pcm2902, from ti, it has usb i/o and s/pdif i/o, seems to be all in one, including a DAC...anyone has experiences?can it replace a CS8416 + dac?
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Old 18th August 2006, 08:59 AM   #9
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can this be interesting?

dix4192

from ti, a digital audio transceiver...but software controlled...does anyone knows it?
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Old 18th August 2006, 04:03 PM   #10
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Default TI device?

From: http://focus.ti.com/docs/prod/folder...t/pcm2902.html ... that looks like a 16 bit device ... what!

I know TI has a 24 bit device in their catalog ... or how about this FireWire device instead: http://www.oxsemi.com/oxford/documen...dio/audio.html

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