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Luddite ramblings.

Post by pre65 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:13 pm

In my office the sound from the computer goes from 3.5mm socket to the amp input. Works OK but there is a low level buzz.

So, how to upgrade a bit ?

My computer is a "slim" case , so normal soundcards don't fit.

I have a couple of spare DACs, but no SPDIF output on the computer.

Would the easiest / cheapest compromise be a cheap USB DAC from Ebay ?
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Post by The Stratmangler » Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:37 pm

USB to SPDIF converter?
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Post by Mike H » Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:17 pm

Does computer have an earthed case?

I can get this a bit with the notebooks, it's caused by the SMPS mains adaptor and no mains earth wire. The solution is have earth lift resistors on whatever it's plugged into.
 
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Post by pre65 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 2:51 pm

I found this on Ebay, looks cheap enough. :)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271635665352? ... EBIDX%3AIT
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Post by pre65 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:56 am

The USB connector on the above item looks remarkably similar to the one on my printer.

Is it likely to be the same ?

Link again.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271635665352? ... EBIDX%3AIT

EDIT.

Looks like USB 2 type B. :)
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Post by Mike H » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:47 am

I was not aware that USB 1 or 2 affects the design of the connector.



Unless anyone else knows differently...


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Post by pre65 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:59 am

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Post by pre65 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:36 pm

I got the "widget" USB - SPDIF converter in the post today.

I've plumbed it in and using my old AK4393 DAC, my computer sound quality has gone up quite a bit.

Well pleased. :D
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Re: Luddite ramblings.

Post by pre65 » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:16 pm

If I make my "spare" PC into a Vortexbox clone, would a CD optical drive be preferable to a DVD optical drive ?

My thinking was the CD drive being a slower speed might make it easier for the ripping.
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Re: Luddite ramblings.

Post by Mike H » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:58 am

If you just want to rip audio CD's then DVD drive is plenty good enough. If not over qualified!
 
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