The Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format (SPDIF) is a high-fidelity audio format used to transmit digital audio signals in audio and home theatre devices. Some high-end Asus computer motherboards come equipped with SPDIF-enabled SoundMax audio chip sets that enable a system for use as a media PC.
Setting up the SPDIF connection on an Asus motherboard is not that difficult. Additionally, connecting the computer to a high-end audio system via an SPDIF connection ensures that the PC produces audio signals on par with other input sources in your home audio system.
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Things you need
- Stereo receiver with SPDIF connection
- Toslink SPDIF cable
- SPDIF-enabled Asus motherboard
Locate the SPDIF port on the back of the PC. In most cases, the SPDIF port has a black plastic plug inserted into it and is located close to the other audio ports on the computer (the blue, green and pink ones).
Pull the black protective plug from the port. Keep the protective plug in a safe place in case you need it later to protect the sensitive port.
Plug the Toslink SPDIF cable (both ends of the cable should be the same) into the SPDIF port on the Asus motherboard. Plug the other end of the SPDIF cable into your stereo amplifier or receiver.
Turn on the stereo amplifier or receiver, then select the input source connected to the computer.
Making the Connections
Click "Start" and then "Control Panel." Once the main Control Panel window appears, click the "Sound" speaker icon.
Click and select "Digital Audio (HDMI)" in the Sound window, then click the "OK" button.
Open an audio or media player application and play some music. The music should play through the speakers connected to your home audio amplifier or receiver.
Setting up SoundMax SPDIF Support in Windows
Tips and warnings
- Change the settings in your audio or media player software for playing audio through a digital connection. (Some applications do this automatically.)
- If your amplifier or receiver does not have a Toslink SPDIF connection, find and purchase a SPDIF-to-RCA converter and then make the connection.
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