[mythtv-users] OT: Analogue to S/PDIF converter

Justin The Cynical cynical at penguinness.org
Wed Jun 25 08:09:47 UTC 2008

Brian Phillips wrote:
> Justin The Cynical wrote:
>> Jerry Rubinow wrote:
>>> http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=4907
>>> For $80, you get a very small box that takes a TOSLink or RCA digital
>>> input and outputs analog L & R.  Note that the input must be
>>> 2-channel digital audio.  It won't work with 5.1.
>> I was looking at one of those as a way to get SWMBO's new Wii working
>> with the component-video-n-digital-audio-magic-switch[1]. 
>> How well do those things work?
>> [1] Nintendo hurts my head at times.  Why, oh why, would one offer
>>      component out for the video but not S/PDIF out for the audio?
>>      And what's with the hard limit of 2 gig on SD cards, and USB
>>      ports that can't use a USB hard drive as a replacement for said
>>      SD cards and internal 512 Meg flash?
> Because component out is analog?  Why would you offer an analog video output
> and a digital audio output?

For me, it's the ability to run all the devices that can output 
component video into my magic-auto-switch.

As for others, I don't know, but I will note that DVD players have been 
able to output component video and sound over S/PDIF for years.  My 
ancient Fisher DVD player has this ability, my Playstation 2 can do 
this, and the other two big game consoles can do this, in addition to 
HDMI.  This is also how I have my current Myth box set up for playback.


> The above quoted device is a digital to analog converter.  It won't convert
> analog to S/PDIF.  I don't think it will do what you're looking for.

*slaps head*

You are correct, I was thinking of this one:


GefenTV Analogue to Digital Audio Adapter

Same price, functionality is the reverse of the original listed device.

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