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USB spec. 2.0 full speed compliant

Loads of connections
Has optical out and in - so could connect to a DAC

Works fine in linux according to customer reviews
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#1
£3.58 P+P Total £13.79 not voted
#2
Item number: 280611610885 £13.42 with delivery :| not voted
#3
Seems like a brilliant product; and seems rather inexpensive for what it allows you to do.
Almost tempted to buy one, even though I have no immediate need for it :)
Voted hot.
#4
what is this for exactly? i have a macbook that i will be connecting my Novation Xiosynth into...will this help in any way? also will this allow me to connect my macbook to 5.1 speakers? because my optical out does not work in the macbook
#5
I have a aver revo 3610 without optical out connected to my AMP thru HDMI. Will this make any difference to my experience? If I connect it thru the Opt out to my AMP?
1 Like #6
a6unx
I have a aver revo 3610 without optical out connected to my AMP thru HDMI. Will this make any difference to my experience? If I connect it thru the Opt out to my AMP?


Not if you are already outputting the sound over HDMI to your amp, as you say you area.

If your amp doesn't have HDMI and only optical, then yes this will do the trick. I've had one hanging out the back of my PC for years using the optical out.

Edited By: Scottola on Jan 25, 2011 23:34
#7
@Scottola: Right now my AMP processes sound over HDMI but it doesn't sound as great as when I connect my XBOX to my amp. So will this sound card and the opt out make a difference in the setup?
1 Like #8
a6unx
@Scottola: Right now my AMP processes sound over HDMI but it doesn't sound as great as when I connect my XBOX to my amp. So will this sound card and the opt out make a difference in the setup?


Most probably not if your AMP uses the same DAC to process it's HDMI and optical streams.

But if you have a proper hifi and want to make even low bit rate mp3s stored on a laptop sound amazing, get this box and feed the optical output into a Beresford, which will then use "magic" to convert the digital tracks to analogue stereo RCA outputs.

I do this at the moment by connecting a usb portable drive to my satellite box and taking the optical output from that into my Beresford, which then feeds my Audiolab 8000C, Rotel RB870 and Tannoy DC2000s - nice!

Almost as good as my LP12 - no seriously - almost!

:{
#9
Fildo Stronst
a6unx
@Scottola: Right now my AMP processes sound over HDMI but it doesn't sound as great as when I connect my XBOX to my amp. So will this sound card and the opt out make a difference in the setup?


Most probably not if your AMP uses the same DAC to process it's HDMI and optical streams.

But if you have a proper hifi and want to make even low bit rate mp3s stored on a laptop sound amazing, get this box and feed the optical output into a Beresford, which will then use "magic" to convert the digital tracks to analogue stereo RCA outputs.

I do this at the moment by connecting a usb portable drive to my satellite box and taking the optical output from that into my Beresford, which then feeds my Audiolab 8000C, Rotel RB870 and Tannoy DC2000s - nice!

Almost as good as my LP12 - no seriously - almost!

:{


Did you drop your LP12 into some soup?
#10
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!
Did you drop your LP12 into some soup?


Nah, but I gave up on tweaks decades ago now - I did the first Valhalla, then nothing after that.

It isn't even on a proper shelf.

oO
#11
Boogie83e
Item number: 280611610885 £13.42 with delivery :| not voted

Same company :D
#12
Looks interesting.
1 Like #13
a6unx
@Scottola: Right now my AMP processes sound over HDMI but it doesn't sound as great as when I connect my XBOX to my amp. So will this sound card and the opt out make a difference in the setup?


As the other person said, it shouldn't. I would say that I find connecting by optical ot my ONkyo amp, leaves the stream open all the time, whereas via HDMI on my Revo, there's a couple of seconds wait before the sound is picked up by the amp and processed, which can be annoying sometimes.
1 Like #14
a6unx
I have a aver revo 3610 without optical out connected to my AMP thru HDMI. Will this make any difference to my experience? If I connect it thru the Opt out to my AMP?


yes if you are after more than 2 channel sound, the Revo's iirc only have stereo headphone jacks, this has S/PDIF which will carry 5.1 surround sound, this is only really applicable to movies though not mp3s
#15
Thx guys : @t121anf, @Scottola, @Fildo Stronst
Makes me thinking.....oO
#16
a6unx
I have a aver revo 3610 without optical out connected to my AMP thru HDMI. Will this make any difference to my experience? If I connect it thru the Opt out to my AMP?


I though that the Acer Revo 3610 (dual core) comes as standard with an optical out - it's under a stick at the front of the unit.
#17
my bad I only have a Acer Aspire Revo R3600
#18
phishwak
a6unx
I have a aver revo 3610 without optical out connected to my AMP thru HDMI. Will this make any difference to my experience? If I connect it thru the Opt out to my AMP?

I though that the Acer Revo 3610 (dual core) comes as standard with an optical out - it's under a stick at the front of the unit.

Some of the 3610's come with a optical out, but not all of them.
#19
I have this, very good piece of kit.
#20
This will not give you 5.1 sound in games, only 5.1 through DVD's and then only if you have the correct software to play it back. For 5.1 in games you need a dedicated soundcard such as the Asus Xonar (pro model - not the cheap one) which has DDL (dolby digital live) onboard to do the decoding. I bought the creative labs, 5.1 x-fi external soundcard and this had optical out also , unfortunately, it didnt work either providing 5.1 only through either PC only speakers (3 connections) or 5.1 for DVD's through Power DVD with the correct codec (which you had to purchase seperately !? ) So ended up buying a Xonar, fantastic card for using with my old CS1X synth as has midi ports with it also (and co-axial if your amp has this).

Great deal for what it is though :) Heat left.
#21
Very handy. Great for laptop mixing etc.
#22
So if for instance my sound card was fried and not working at all this would happily allow me to output the sound elsewhere?
#23
Would I be able to use this with a netbook to make broadcast quality mic recordings (equal to a minidisc recording)? It would be less hassle than using my minidisc!
#24
I'm just after something for laptop mixing but I do have some aspirations to music production (when I get a new portable-ish laptop that's capable, any recommendations welcome) - is this a decent option, or are there cheaper or more suitable alternatives?
#25
NikLP
I'm just after something for laptop mixing but I do have some aspirations to music production (when I get a new portable-ish laptop that's capable, any recommendations welcome) - is this a decent option, or are there cheaper or more suitable alternatives?


The Behringer UCA202 may be worth a look, usually around 30 quid new:-

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/UCA202.aspx
#26
bfjem
So if for instance my sound card was fried and not working at all this would happily allow me to output the sound elsewhere?


Should do yes.
#27
midi>?
#28
Soulreape
This will not give you 5.1 sound in games, only 5.1 through DVD's and then only if you have the correct software to play it back. For 5.1 in games you need a dedicated soundcard such as the Asus Xonar (pro model - not the cheap one) which has DDL (dolby digital live) onboard to do the decoding. I bought the creative labs, 5.1 x-fi external soundcard and this had optical out also , unfortunately, it didnt work either providing 5.1 only through either PC only speakers (3 connections) or 5.1 for DVD's through Power DVD with the correct codec (which you had to purchase seperately !? ) So ended up buying a Xonar, fantastic card for using with my old CS1X synth as has midi ports with it also (and co-axial if your amp has this).

Great deal for what it is though :) Heat left.


Just to jump in a bit here... this will give you 7.1 sound in games if you use the phono ports on the front of the unit. You only need a DDL soundcard if you use optical/spdif output into your amp. Save some money and check - chances are your soundcard/motherboard already has the ports you need (typically green/black/grey/blue and pink for a mic input)

ps. you don't have to spend a fortune on a DDL card, I use a c media CMI8768+ which works just fine in one of my PCs and cost about £20

Edited By: kevyn on Jan 26, 2011 16:44
#29
Hi all

my tv has no headphone soket and only optical out so could i use this so i then had a headphone soket ?? thanks :)
#30
Sorry if simple question. I want to record from small audio cassette tapes to PC (Win 7)...will this allow me to input/capture ( with software obviously) easily? ta
#31
stormjai
Sorry if simple question. I want to record from small audio cassette tapes to PC (Win 7)...will this allow me to input/capture ( with software obviously) easily? ta

just plug into line in. you can do this on any pc using like microsoft recorder
#32
I've got an acer R3700 and am after something to use with 5.1 surround speakers. I don't really want to buy a separate amplifier as I still have to fork out for some decent 5.1 surround speakers. Is it necessary to have a separate amp like an ONKYO to get the most out of this soundcard?
#33
might be just what I need for a VMWare workstation I'm working on..
banned#34
would this be better than getting a decent high end motherboard for like 150? e.g. the asus p67 deluxe....
#35
Also another thing which this would be good for, is if as stated above you want to do some laptop mixing, you can use the external soundcard as the monitor / cue channel (headphones)
#36
flamex
would this be better than getting a decent high end motherboard for like 150? e.g. the asus p67 deluxe....

Eh, if you were buying the motherboard for sound only, it would reproduce the sound, probably not as well as a mobo soundcard (I found that the external unit lagged quite substantially in games), but would be a bit of a strange thing to buy a mobo for oO, some older Asus boards used to have DDL onboard, not sure if they still do.
#37
kevyn
Soulreape
This will not give you 5.1 sound in games, only 5.1 through DVD's and then only if you have the correct software to play it back. For 5.1 in games you need a dedicated soundcard such as the Asus Xonar (pro model - not the cheap one) which has DDL (dolby digital live) onboard to do the decoding. I bought the creative labs, 5.1 x-fi external soundcard and this had optical out also , unfortunately, it didnt work either providing 5.1 only through either PC only speakers (3 connections) or 5.1 for DVD's through Power DVD with the correct codec (which you had to purchase seperately !? ) So ended up buying a Xonar, fantastic card for using with my old CS1X synth as has midi ports with it also (and co-axial if your amp has this). Great deal for what it is though :) Heat left.
Just to jump in a bit here... this will give you 7.1 sound in games if you use the phono ports on the front of the unit. You only need a DDL soundcard if you use optical/spdif output into your amp. Save some money and check - chances are your soundcard/motherboard already has the ports you need (typically green/black/grey/blue and pink for a mic input) ps. you don't have to spend a fortune on a DDL card, I use a c media CMI8768+ which works just fine in one of my PCs and cost about £20

I get what you mean but you have taken it out of context, I was meaning through optical, I dont have a clue what happened to my statement half way through about the PC speaker connections as I meant to say this would work lol so apologies for that. I bought the xonar, for the upgraded op amps , and the ability to plug midi in to it, your c media card may do the job, but not quite as well ;)
#38
Soulreape
kevyn
Soulreape
This will not give you 5.1 sound in games, only 5.1 through DVD's and then only if you have the correct software to play it back. For 5.1 in games you need a dedicated soundcard such as the Asus Xonar (pro model - not the cheap one) which has DDL (dolby digital live) onboard to do the decoding. I bought the creative labs, 5.1 x-fi external soundcard and this had optical out also , unfortunately, it didnt work either providing 5.1 only through either PC only speakers (3 connections) or 5.1 for DVD's through Power DVD with the correct codec (which you had to purchase seperately !? ) So ended up buying a Xonar, fantastic card for using with my old CS1X synth as has midi ports with it also (and co-axial if your amp has this). Great deal for what it is though :) Heat left.
Just to jump in a bit here... this will give you 7.1 sound in games if you use the phono ports on the front of the unit. You only need a DDL soundcard if you use optical/spdif output into your amp. Save some money and check - chances are your soundcard/motherboard already has the ports you need (typically green/black/grey/blue and pink for a mic input) ps. you don't have to spend a fortune on a DDL card, I use a c media CMI8768+ which works just fine in one of my PCs and cost about £20


I get what you mean but you have taken it out of context, I was meaning through optical, I dont have a clue what happened to my statement half way through about the PC speaker connections as I meant to say this would work lol so apologies for that. I bought the xonar, for the upgraded op amps , and the ability to plug midi in to it, your c media card may do the job, but not quite as well ;)


No worries - depends what the job is though, if it's just optical, then as it's a digital signal, it either works or it doesn't, much like HDMI. There is no quality to be gained through over spending to get optical outputs. Of course if you need a sound card for sound recording, then by all means spend away as you need to keep the latency down!
#39
Pretty good value! I've been considering options for Digital Out from the M1530 which only does it through HDMI *sigh* ... HDMI digital splitters are way too expensive. This could be the ticket to drive my ADA885's through Dolby Digital :):)
#40
Got this today, plugged straight into my Revo 3600 and was detected and worked in 2.0 straight away although I needed the drivers to get the 5.1 working but installed without a hitch on Windows 7.

Now have the perfect media player:

Revo 3600 (cheap as chips and can install Ubuntu for free)
USB Sound card using SPDIF out
XBMC

Thanks for pointing this out best £10.21 I've spent in ages!

Ian

P.S City Link however are pants!

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