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Hookem

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Houston Texas
I am having a friendly all be it heated argument with a friend about the digital and analog connections from your CD/DVD ROM to your sound card.

He says you have to have them connected...I say you do not if you are using Windows XP as the OS.

Think he is going to find out the answer to that one fairly easy.

He goes on to say that even if Windows XP does work without the cable that you will get much better sound by connecting the analog and digital cables from your optical drives.

What do you guys think ???

:D
 

bobmanfoo

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Apr 30, 2004
Hookem said:
I am having a friendly all be it heated argument with a friend about the digital and analog connections from your CD/DVD ROM to your sound card.

He says you have to have them connected...I say you do not if you are using Windows XP as the OS.

Think he is going to find out the answer to that one fairly easy.

He goes on to say that even if Windows XP does work without the cable that you will get much better sound by connecting the analog and digital cables from your optical drives.

What do you guys think ???

:D
i don't think you would need to, the signal won't ever be analog until After it reaches your sound card or speakers, depending on your setup
 

Azzkiller

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Jun 20, 2001
Hookem said:
I am having a friendly all be it heated argument with a friend about the digital and analog connections from your CD/DVD ROM to your sound card.

He says you have to have them connected...I say you do not if you are using Windows XP as the OS.

Think he is going to find out the answer to that one fairly easy.

He goes on to say that even if Windows XP does work without the cable that you will get much better sound by connecting the analog and digital cables from your optical drives.

What do you guys think ???

:D

First of all, you dont need the analog or digital audio connections on the cd rom to play back music. So you are right, and he will soon realize this :)

And second, using the IDE cable in most cases should provide better audio performance too, although it probably wouldnt make that much of a difference.
 

electromagnetic

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The cable has nothing to do with that. It's just a bypass so when you play a CD in your CD/DVD player the CPU doesn't get used. It just goes directly to your soundcard output. That's a leftover thing from the days of 386/486 when everyone wanted a CD-ROM but lacked the CPU power to actually play CD's.
 
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Hookem

Hookem

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Houston Texas
Well it seems to be there is no real advantage to connecting the CD/ROM to the sound card...I told him but he is as hard headed as I am.

LOL...Thanks for the reply's