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I recently bought a motherboard (Neo-K85) that has an S/PDIF output. I don't have a receiver for my computer (it's upstairs). I'd like to decode the S/PDIF, but I don't want to spend a lot of $$ ($200+) on another receiver just to decode and amplify the audio from my computer. I have seen the Logitech Z680 speaker set which can accept the S/PDIF and decode it, but I already have speakers in the wall and don't need the actual speakers, just the decoder. And besides, those speakers are $200 anyway. I find it hard to believe there is not some $50 decoder/amp out there. Does anybody know any options for me? Thanks in advance.
 

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Look for a used DAC. Something like an AudioAlchemy or MSB from a few years back.


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Thanks! Any model numbers you could recommend?


I will check eBay. Any other sources? Thanks again!
 

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I'm confused, you want an external decoder that will take a coax/toslink spdif output from your computer and decode it into the 6 requisite analog channels is this correct? If so, then I'd be interested to know what the DITB or the Link have to offer in this respect, I looked at some pictures and they only have stereo analog outputs. Am I missing something?


The only devices I know of that do what you are wanting on the cheap for a HTPC scenario is the Creative Labs DDTS-100 and the Klipsch Promedia DD-5.1.


Please enlighten me as this could spare me some CPU cycles.
 

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Nobody said anything about 6 channels and what S/PDIF conveys is 2channel. The referred to DACs will handle this. If one needs DD and/or DTS in addition to stereo, then one needs a processor. These cost more.


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@Kal:

treyj mentioned the Logitech Z680s which has a built in DD/DTS/PL decoder/processor, that was my cue. If 2 channel audio was the go then they wouldn't be looking at the Z680s, just a thought.


@Dooshik:

A software decoder would output via Analog not spdif. A software encoder would output via spdif but would require a hardware decoder on the receiving end.


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@Kal:

treyj mentioned the Logitech Z680s which has a built in DD/DTS/PL decoder/processor, that was my cue. If 2 channel audio was the go then they wouldn't be looking at the Z680s, just a thought.
If you say so. I've never heard of these. Perhaps I shouldn't post in the HTC forum. ;-)


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@Kal

Noooo don't do that... I like people who are well versed in many of the subforums... as I don't want to concentrate only on one aspect of the home theatre. Besides, I could be totally wrong. :)


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I've been looking into the roll-your-own possibilities:

DAC


They run $100 - $150 and are fairly well regarded. Unfortunately they only offer coax input, but I guess you could use a toslink/coax adapter.


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Considering the associated equipment, buying a used MSB or AA DAC will do the job easier and cheaper.


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Thanks for the info. It seems that the kind of thing I was looking for exists in speaker sets, like the aforementioned ones from Logitech and Klipsch. I was just hoping for a separate unit instead of ones that come with speakers. Just to be clear, the motherboard has only the analog coax S/PDIF output, not TOSLink. I'll have to look around for a cheap receiver; it seems like ones that have S/PDIF usually start around $200. Thanks again, all (any additional comments are appreciated).
 
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