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SPDIF IN Bracket?

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Hello all,

I recently built my new computer and am looking to use my computers 5.1 surround sound setup for my DirecTV Receiver via optical out. My motherboard supports SPDIF IN & Out however it does not come with a bracket to hook up an external receiver for input or output. In my case I really need the input since my mobo onboard sound would be handling the decoding out to the speakers. Has anyone found a cheap SPDIF I/O bracket if their Mobo doesn't come with it? Thanks everyone. My specs are below.

EVGA 133-K8-NF41 NVIDIA Socket 939 ATX Motherboard

Logitech X-530 5.1 Surround Speakers

AMD Athlon 64 3200+

1GB DDR 400Mhz Memory

EVGA Geforce 7800GT
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Even if you have a bracket to get SPDIF input, I doubt that your mobo can decode a Dolby Digital signal received on this input. The only sound cards I know of that have this functionality are Creative's Audigy2/4 and X-Fi lines (and only those editions that have a drivebay/external box, eg Platinum/Elite Pro). But I would love to know if it so happens that I am wrong.
I bought a refurbed Asus A7N8X-Deluxe. Unfortunately, the refurb didn't come with the SPDIF input bracket. I called Asus and they referred me to a sight where I could buy one for $10.

I would call eVGA and see what they recommend.

Also, I successfully used the digital coaxial output of my digital cable set top box and input it to the SPDIF bracket. It would play full DD 5.1 through my computer speakers from television.

Keep in mind that this was using an NForce2 based motherboard with the NVidia audio processing unit and all that. It may not work for you motherboard's sound hardware.

Good luck.
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