SPDIF internal cable vs standard audio cable

February 13, 2010 at 19:42:00
Specs: Windows XP
I have a basic SPDIF audio in/out card and need to connect it to my hard drive ASAP. Unfortunately, the card came with the motherboard that I bought sometime ago. The package was opened back then, but now when I need it, the SPDIF connection cable is missing. I have standard audio cable connectors and wonder if I use one of those to connect to the RCA connection on the hard drive, would it give the true RCA/wave output from the card that I need? Or is the actual cable on the SPDIF connection different somehow? I need to connect it so that the output results in a real RCA wave file, for medical reasons. I need to do this as soon as possible. If you could help me please, I would greatly appreciate it. I tried to create an account but for some reason when I put a username in and it’s approved, I wasn’t able to jump to the next section to put in a password. I tried several times to no avail. SO, here is my email address… grandferro@yahoo.com Thank you for your assistance.

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February 15, 2010 at 10:05:23
Your post is confusing - what exactly are you trying to connect to what?
I'm assuming you want to connect a cable from your sound card to your CD drive, is that correct??

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February 15, 2010 at 12:38:24
There are two types of SPDIF cables, one is optical the other uses rca connectors just like analog patch cords. Yes, you can use one side of the patch cords as a digital SPDIF cable.

I'm not sure what you mean by RCA wave file, there is no such thing. The output you get from a SPDIF cable is either Dolby Digital, DTS, or PCM which is like a raw wave file without the header information

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