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Old 15th April 2003, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Cd_transport/ peripheral

Is there a standard computer cd that will
operate as an audio transport, with digital out? (pehaps analoge out?
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Old 17th April 2003, 04:37 PM   #2
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You mean cd-rom/cd-audio drive?

Most of them can be used this way for analogue at least, and more and more often the cheap consumer drives (meaning just a reader, not a burner - they are dirt cheap for reasonable quality) have sp/dif digital out of them too. This is from the small scale connectors usuallly (looking from the back) to the left of the ide cable socket that enable you to connect directly to the relevant sockets on a soundcard. a flat four pin for analog, two pin for digital.

Easy to make your own interconnects and If you can find a small switchmode power supply giving you +5V and +12V they run quite happily independantly of the PC. I got a little power supply out of an old network hub that was scrapped. It's a bit noisy in the analog line but digital is fine.

I have a Liteon brand 52X drive, it cost me about $40 Australian which is about $25 US.

Another consideration is that it's becoming difficult to find drives that have all the transport controls on them, now they just tend to have OPEN/CLOSE which is also STOP, and a PLAY/SKIP FORWARD. They used to have all the usual transport buttons!
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