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Good day

Ive bought a Xonar D1 and its works great so far , only problem is ive been trying to setup spdif and followed all/most methods searchable through google to set up my Optical Out for this card. Ive excluded the cable and speaker system(z5500) as being part of the problem, by using the optical through the onboard optical out. Everything works flawlessly, but as soon as I plug the optical cable into the Xonar there's nothing. :\\

Ive tried setting up speakers(analog ones), then enabling S/PDIF Output in X.A.C. and setting up the amount of channels for input, neither DDL works nor PCM. Tried setting the Xonar Digital out as default output and still nothing . .

Using the latest driver and ive tried the latest Unified driver.

Any help to setting this up would be highly appreciated

Thanks in advance
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Ok, you do NOT want to run optical or S/PDIF from your D1 to your Z5500's it completely negates the audio card.

Optical and S/PDIF are digital sources for audio. Speakers require analog sources to run. So, logically, somewhere along the line the data needs to be decoded from digital to analog. The reason people buy audio cards is because the onboard cards do not do as well of a job changing the digital data into analog audio, which is where distortion and lower audio quality arise from (when you have good data to begin with that is.)

What you are trying to do by running S/PDIF from your D1 is BYPASSING the sound cards codecs and decoders, so it is essentially doing nothing! Leaving all that processing to the Logitech speakers which wont do nearly as good of a job.

The only reason to run digital out (optical or S/PDIF) is if you are trying to bypass something. I run optical in my setup so I can bypass my onboard hardware and use the hardware in my receiver, which is higher quality.

For you, I recommend you simply use the analog outputs from your D1 into your speakers, it is easier and will sound better.

PS, the main reason that the D1 and other cards have a S/PDIF out is so you can route your sound through your graphics cards HDMI, that is really the only reason.
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Ok, you do NOT want to run optical or S/PDIF from your D1 to your Z5500's it completely negates the audio card.

Optical and S/PDIF are digital sources for audio. Speakers require analog sources to run. So, logically, somewhere along the line the data needs to be decoded from digital to analog. The reason people buy audio cards is because the onboard cards do not do as well of a job changing the digital data into analog audio, which is where distortion and lower audio quality arise from (when you have good data to begin with that is.)

What you are trying to do by running S/PDIF from your D1 is BYPASSING the sound cards codecs and decoders, so it is essentially doing nothing! Leaving all that processing to the Logitech speakers which wont do nearly as good of a job.

The only reason to run digital out (optical or S/PDIF) is if you are trying to bypass something. I run optical in my setup so I can bypass my onboard hardware and use the hardware in my receiver, which is higher quality.

For you, I recommend you simply use the analog outputs from your D1 into your speakers, it is easier and will sound better.

PS, the main reason that the D1 and other cards have a S/PDIF out is so you can route your sound through your graphics cards HDMI, that is really the only reason.
Seriously? the S/PDIF bypasses all the soundcards codecs? ***?
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Seriously? the S/PDIF bypasses all the soundcards codecs? ***?
Yes, the only time you use them is when you are converting the audio from digital to analog.
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