Originally Posted by Mshenay
So I recently discoverd I have a spdif-_io on my mother board, my question is how the heck to I utilize it... I see that there's cables for it, but how can I set it up so that I can have a direct output to lets say an Onkyo A-5VL
I would like to improve the quality of sound coming from my desktop but over and over I keep hearing "use Spdif Out" and my question is how?
S/PDIF is optical and coaxial, and the Onkyo A-5VL has both inputs
What motherboard are you using?
If you do not have the printed manual for it, download it from the manufacturers website.
Make sure you have the latest version of your audio drivers/control panel installed.
In the Windows control panel> in the Sound subsection> in the playback tab, make sure S/PDIF is the default output.
Now in the audio control panel, there should be one or two options for S/PDIF output, DDL (Dolby Digital Live) which you do not want, the other setting should be PCM, which us what you do want.
PCM is uncompressed 2-channel audio, DDL can compress up to 7 channels of audio.
The Onkyo does not appear to to work with DDL and you only need 2-channels of audio