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All my music is on a laptop that's running Debian Linux. Currently I am inputting audio into my Sony receiver using a coaxial cable via a cheap external (USB) sound card. I would like to do away with the external sound card. is there a cable I can use to directly input the digital audio signal from my laptop to my receiver?
PS: Laptop does not have optical out.
 

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Something like this might work. Peachtree has one that samples up to 96K. Double check to see if drivers are needed. I would expect "plug and play" to work with Linux but you never know. However, Amazon does have excellent return policies.
 

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You've already got a USB to SPDIF external sound card, and no other way to get digital audio out of the laptop. So your only choice is to use a USB to SPDIF external soundcard.
 

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@PooperScooper your suggestion is what I have already. I was wondering if there was a cable that will make the laptop see the hardware in the receiver. Will USB to HDMI do the trick?
Thanks, @scruff67
 

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no. neither is there a cable that will turn power from your wall outlets into sound for your speakers. There's also not a set of eyeglasses that lets me read Chinese. the things are different and require translation. Mosy over to monoprice.com - IIRC, they have devices that would sit between an hdmi output and an optical input and give you what you want . . . .
 
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