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I'm totally new to HTPC's. I've been using a WDTV for years, and just bought a second but the new one seems to have some glitches and doesn't seem to serve data to the second fast enough for glitch free play.


So I was thinking of picking up a used small form factor PC to dedicate to a HTPC. Seems there's plenty of inexpensive options out there but then I noticed some, such as a Dell Optiplex 760, don't have digital audio output.


So question: is there a recommended inexpensive USB>spdif converter? I don't need a full sound card, just a converter. Are they all multi-channel dolby compatible or is that something I have to be careful about?


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Originally Posted by Mrkazador  /t/1470542/usb-to-spdif-digital-audio-converter-for-budget-htpc#post_23259450


This can pass-through Dolby Digital, DTS, and 2ch PCM using the optical output. I was using one on my laptop and it works great.
http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Beach-Advantage-Digital-Adapter/dp/B0036VO4X4



Yeah, I saw that one while searching myself but the site I spotted it didn't show the optical digital attachment so I thought it would only output analog. Can you confirm it will at least do DTS? I suppose I was looking for someone to tell me they've used one and that it works well.


Although I've used a USB to spdif converter for my audio only system and it worked great, dunno why this shouldn't.


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I see for myself on their website it does DTS so that's good enough for me. Thanks.
 
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