PC as a CD transport ?
Oct 30, 2020 at 10:37 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6

pcook80

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Hi, is it possible to play an audio CD on the CD-ROM drive in a PC or Laptop and output the digital stream via USB to an external DAC ?
Do you need specific player software or drivers on the PC ?
Any thoughts comments appreciated.
 
Oct 30, 2020 at 5:56 PM Post #2 of 6

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Yes it's possible and should work easily. Every operating system in the last 20+ years has built-in software that can play a CD, but you can use whatever program you want.
 
Oct 30, 2020 at 8:26 PM Post #4 of 6

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Yes, when you hook up a DAC via USB, it basically becomes a USB soundcard. It will show up as an output device on your PC. As long as that output device is selected, the output will go to the DAC.
 
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Nov 23, 2020 at 5:46 PM Post #6 of 6

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While it's possible, you would be better served finding a cheap used Oppo or similar.. the audio pathway, even in a nice PC is dirty and not focused on reproducing quality audio. it's like using a flower pot to keep your cookies. even if you get it really clean, there's still the hole at the bottom and the open top to contend with.
 

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