|Originally posted by Ian Montgomerie|
When playing a DVD, the system has an internal clock to control time. You throttle the speed of audio and video decode to match the clock. But when taking digital input, you have to be able to decode and play the stream as fast as it comes in. There will be slight fluctuations of input speed relative to your output frequency. So you have to buffer a bunch of input, and nudge your output frequency a bit to keep the buffer from overflowing or underflowing.
|Originally posted by iodine23|
Makes me wonder why companies, like Monster Cable, pitch their high quality optical cables with a spring loaded connector for "precise alignment" and stuff then... if you say alignment doesn't really matter (or that it's built into the tolerance). Though it wouldn't be the first time a marketer put a lot of spin in to relieve your wallet of your money.