S/P Dif

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by LemonTea, May 17, 2001.

  1. LemonTea

    LemonTea Guest

    Just wondering how it works with a normal cd-rom and soundblaster live!<br>
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    My cd-rom has the digital out 2 plug thing, i can plug it into the card, but will this actually improve the quality of the cd music even tho i only have analog speakers? Or do i actually need speakers which can use the s/p dif out to make use of it?
     
  2. Aris

    Aris Master Guru

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    I don't think you will notice any difference with analog speakers
     
  3. Brann Mitchell

    Brann Mitchell Member Guru

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    Ah, the sweet spot.
    DigitLife had a fascinating tid-bit in their review of the Santa Cruz. They had found that the Live! (and the SC) works in native 48KHz digital signals. CD's, as you know, are 44.1KHz so the Live! has to upsample from 44.1KHz to 48KHz to do processing on any given signal. This upsampling process causes a moderate amount of distortion, largely in higher frequencies. The Santa Cruz faired better, due to better software employed <IMG SRC="smileys/wink.gif">.<br>
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  4. Brann Mitchell

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    Ah, the sweet spot.
    After posting a reply to your other post (I got them in the wrong order, <IMG SRC="smileys/tongue.gif"> ) and then posted another post, my only witty comment (no flames) is that only better speakers will make anything sound better.<br>
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    What you would be getting by going S/PDIF from the CD-ROM to the Live! is skipping the extra digital-&gt;analog conversion (the soundcard converts it into back into digital for processing anyway) by the CD-ROM itself. It is assumed that the Live! has better digital converters than the CD-ROM, which is very true. Some purist... lets call them 'audiophiles'... believe that this extra step in the sound chain degrades the sound, things like dynamics, detail, and timbre. Well, it does as indicated by the DigitLife article, but to such an extent that we would need very expensive hardware and extensive ear-training to figure out what the differences are, let alone hear them.<br>
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    In the mean time, pop in a CD and rock out, my dude.<br>
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    BM<br>
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    This post brought to you by Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon. Whoah. Trippy.<br>
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    <i>This message was edited by Magnet on 18 May 2001 01:28 AM</i><br><br><i>This message was edited by Magnet on 18 May 2001 01:29 AM</i>
     

  5. LemonTea

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    errrr..... <IMG SRC="smileys/biggrin.gif"> <br>
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    right, so stuff that sound card with the s/p dif in other words, just get some kick ass speakers yea?<br>
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    thanks for ya help, much appreciated!
     
  6. Brann Mitchell

    Brann Mitchell Member Guru

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    Ah, the sweet spot.
    Oh, Absolutely. Hey, there's this crazy girl at my school that keeps wearing a Spiderbait T-shirt. Is that band for real?<br>
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  7. LemonTea

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    Spiderbait? Pretty sure they're real... otherwise the name wouldn't sound so familiar
     

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