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Thread: Optical to coax convertor?

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    I have just ordered an optical cable.
    I could not get a fisual pearl, so went with something else.
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    Optical cable has arrived, and I have the same issue with distorted sound.
    Looks like it is the digital output of the PC playing up.
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    Fixed with a driver update.
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    Just to update the progress on this thread, I bought an Asus SPDIF output card (like this) which has given me back my coax out. Now I can do a back to back comparison between the optical and coax outputs on my PC.
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    Great news.....glad you got it sorted.

    My son had a pal over last night and was playing around with his system....he runs a mac book i think!

    He has a wee opto coupler because i ordered a normal 5m fisual glass with the toslink connections-it needs the 3.5 mm convertor for the mac.

    My son can control the mac with his phone so i went down to the cellar and brought up a pure glass optical Mark Grant sold me years ago.

    Plumbed in the difference was very apparent-real jump in resolution and soundstage/separation.

    Had a bake off years ago-thread on here somewhere.

    Optical vary quite significantly sonically.

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    This is the answer for long distance S/P-DIF (or crappy sources): https://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view...dif-ipurifier/
    Chris

    Acer Silent Laptop > iPurifier2 > micro iDAC2 > micro iCAN > LCD-X

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    Jake is selling a Genesis Digital Lens that does all sorts of conversions .. possibly worth a look as well.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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