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post #8431 of 9361
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Originally Posted by seaice View Post
2. Coaxial digital output of your soundcard > coaxial cable > COAXIAL digital input of the Zero

There is no other way to connect the Zero to your soundcard.

The Line OUT connectors of the Zero are analog outputs of the Zero for some external amplifier.
Can you show me what kind of cable i need for coaxial digital output because i really cant find one with 3.5mm to RCA, only with 2 x RCA. Thank you very much.

By the way Seaice im leaving in Czech Republic, maybe you can tell me from where i can buy this kind of cable online, i dont know czech language so if you can help me please do it.

I need one this i think but i cant find it: http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/1142/img1853ej0.jpg
post #8432 of 9361
DaLiu, can you tell, what x-fi card do you exactly have, which model? (To be sure, what solution to recommend)
post #8433 of 9361
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DaLiu, can you tell, what x-fi card do you exactly have, which model? (To be sure, what solution to recommend)
The card is Creative X-FI XtremeMusic, this is it:

post #8434 of 9361
There is a Digital I/O module for your card: Sound Blaster Digital I/O Module - Add optical and coaxial digital I/O to your Sound Blaster equipped PC.
Then, you can use any standard optical of coaxial cable.
I have tried to find it somewhere in the cz, but no success so far.

(By the way, the cable you were looking in your previous post - is it this? 2 to 50 foot long Digital or Analog Audio cable 3.5mm 1 8 mono mini phone plug connector to RCA connector whit Belden 1505F cable.
But I am not absolutely sure if this will work with your card.)
post #8435 of 9361
None of your solutions are not good for me, the adaptor i cant find in Europe and the cable from that site the shipping is around 80 $ and the cable 20 $. So basically i have the preamp and i cant used it.
post #8436 of 9361
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Originally Posted by DaLiu View Post
Hi, this is my first time when i try to use a ZERO DAC but the problem for me is that i really dont know how should i connect to my soundcard. Basically i want to use Zero DAC as preamp for my AKG 601, so i want to take the signal from my Creative X-Fi the problem is i dont have optical out so i need to use a RCA coaxial cable, the problem is that my knowleadge about this stuff are basically 0 (zero), so i need some advise like to some little child.

Should i connect a cable from LINE IN from Creative X-FI and plugged to LINE OUT or COAXIAL on my ZERO DAC?
Alternatively you could get a USB to Optical link Xitel MiniDisc MD-Port DG2 PC Link Optical Audio Cable - eBay (item 370131951483 end time Dec-23-08 20:02:13 PST)
But this does not go through your soundcard, so it's not exactly connecting the Zero to your card
post #8437 of 9361
DaLiu:
Finally, I have found the digital IO module in several Czech stores. But they will not have it on stock probably and I am not sure about the delivery times, but you can try it... It you need my language assistence, just write me a private message (we are a little out of topic here) and I can ask them in Czech.

This is the store:
BUY- poÄÃ*taÄe, notebooky, monitory, základnÃ* desky, pamÄ›ti, pevné disky, procesory, grafické karty | Komponenty | SC Creative DigitálnÃ* I/O Modul pro zvukové karty
post #8438 of 9361
With your sound card, you have two options:

One is the above suggested USB Digital PC link, in which case it will bypass your soundcard and go through USB.

The other, being :

See if your motherboard supports SPDIF out, if its an Asus motherboard, its cheap and easy to get SPDIF out module, coats around USD10 + shipping, this is the ASUS one:



You get for other motherboards too, like gigabyte - biostar - MSI and so on, just google or search EBAY :

SPDIF, For Desktops, For Laptops Notebooks items on eBay.com

Or else change your soundcard, with SPDIF OUT.. Cheapest and best go for Chaintech AV710..

Hope this helps..

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None of your solutions are not good for me, the adaptor i cant find in Europe and the cable from that site the shipping is around 80 $ and the cable 20 $. So basically i have the preamp and i cant used it.
post #8439 of 9361
I have a optical digital output on mobo but i dont know if is working only with ASUS soundcard which is a **** or with another soundcard too, i tried to connect using that digital output from mobo but i dont know if i have a signal or not because wasnt working. In the mobo manual is mention only this about the optical digital output:

Optical S/PDIF Out port - This port connects an external audio output device via an optical S/PDIF cable.


My components are these:

ZERO DAC preamp:

ASUS Rampage Formula:

Creative X-FI XtremeMusic:

AKG 601:
post #8440 of 9361
So you do have SPDIF out on your mobo - and if you have made the right connections with the ZERO DAC, it should work..

Check your sound properties on the control panel, is it on mobo souncard or something else..
post #8441 of 9361
Im not using the on board soundcard, probably that digital output is working only if im using on board soundcard which im not going to use.
post #8442 of 9361
Well, in that case, you either have to use a USB digital PCLINK or something like the converter suggested above..
In fact even if you use the USB pclink, you will have to change the settings away from your extreme sound card.. the only option being the converter and its locally available, too bad it will cost you more than your soundcard itself!
post #8443 of 9361
Probably if i will find a 3.5mm mini (1/8) to RCA Coaxial, Digital Cable 75 Ohm will be the best solution, i will see what can i do, ****ty problem.
post #8444 of 9361
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post #8445 of 9361
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