View Full Version : SPDIF Out Module

08-09-2011, 07:12 PM
Setting up an old PC as a media centre for home theatre.
Using up spare parts.
Adding a Genius Sound Maker 5.1 card to improve the sound.
Also have a Asus SPDIF out module.
I asume that will have to connect to the auxillary on the sound card but the pin outs are different.
The SPDIF has power, blank, signal, ground while the sound card has left, ground, ground, right.

08-09-2011, 07:15 PM
It sounds like the sound card connector is analogue as it has left & right. It may be for the old analogue connection from the optical drive.

08-09-2011, 07:34 PM
Here are the two items



Sound card has two optical drive conections & a auxillary.

Speedy Gonzales
08-09-2011, 07:44 PM
The 2nd link connects to a SPDIF header on ASUS mobos

08-09-2011, 07:54 PM
Yup, thats what is.
As I said I was using up spare parts.

Speedy Gonzales
08-09-2011, 08:02 PM
It may use something similar to what I have here (for another soundcard). But its got all connections on it (SPDIF optical and analog). I think its got 6-7 connections or something tho

08-09-2011, 09:15 PM
No expert, but I thought SPDIF was for HD video sound from DVDs and probably for connecting to the on board sound on your motherboard. The card you linked to would not support this.

Speedy Gonzales
08-09-2011, 09:25 PM
It can be connected to a header, so you get optical and RCA on the back of the case. Helpful, if you have a stereo or something with optical on it

08-09-2011, 09:43 PM
Yeh I want the optical to connect to the suround sound.

15-10-2011, 04:04 AM
if your motherboard has built in sound check to see if it has an spdif header for your module to connect to. if not check on the sound card for an spdif header if that does not have one then you will need to buy a sound card that has. you can pick up a cheap sound card that has spdif capabilities. I bought a TRUST sound card from maplins for about 15 a while ago which had it's own spdif module. Ebuyer is probably the best place to find a cheap sound card that will do the job.

15-10-2011, 07:45 AM
Kind of you to resurrect my thread.
I have flagged that idea & added one of these gadgets.


It works very well too.