Originally Posted by nick_charles
I have had no joy at all with computer audio via a laptop. I have used 4 different (decent) laptops and even my dual core 4GB RAM Lenovos give me skips and dropouts from time to time - so annoying. I have tried external USB devices and the built-in spdif outputs and they all have some blips, drives my out of my tree. I also tried numerous players - same difference, on one I do not even have an active wireless card ! - still get blips.
If there is some foolproof way to get clean digital output from a laptop and yet still leave it usable for other stuff I would really like to know
In the meantime I have a device dedicated to just giving me a digital feed and apart from when it overheats
it runs perfectly, perhaps it is just me .
Really, really strange... I also use 4Gb ThinkPad, work with several documents at once, write e-mails, surf the net and can still in the same time listen to music via external DAC without any hiccups. Be it through SPDIF on port replicator, or through Musiland converter... Be it from system disk, external USB disk or even from shares on other LAN machines.
Is your computer overloaded with too much running processes? Are you using some resource devouring antivirus/firewall? I can only suggest to check/upgrade your drivers and eventually use this tool
to help you pinpoint the problem.
Then again, if latencies are good (<500us) and you have tried several computers and external or built-in SPDIFs - it must be your DAC receiver.