optical and coaxial spdif
I notice on a lot of newer motherboards there are optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs. Can anyone explain what these are for? Thankyou
Antec P160 Case
Core 2 Duo e6400
2 GB Corsair XMS Dual Channel
GeForce 7900GT (eVGA)
Hiper 580 W SLI supporting psu
250 GB Seagate SATA2 7200rpm
ECS nforce 570 motherboard
Mod w/ an attitude
For the optical and coaxial cables....LOL
For the audio output.
In most cases , you connect them to an A/V or stereo reciever amp that has either connection. This would allow for digital out on the pc to the amp , giving you true 5.1 , 6.1 , 7.1 or 8.1 sound depending on your sound card and amp . Some highend pc speaker systems also have the same option .
For what it's worth, optical (as in fiber optics) is faster then coax and/or has higher band-width.
This may sound silly but does a sound card need spdif in and spdif out to hook up a mixer to the computer? Or is an spdif connection the same in both directions? Thanks in advance for any help.