Sony/Philips Digital Interface, or SPDIF, is a common digital audio connector found on many laptops and personal computers. SPDIF cables are of the digital coaxial variety. The copper-core construction of SPDIF cables means they offer enhanced durability when compared to fibre optic cables. Coaxial cables also come pre-terminated, so you only need a couple of inexpensive parts and a few minutes to convert a coaxial cable to SPDIF.
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Things you need
- Pre-terminated coaxial cable
- F-to-RCA screw-in adaptors
Examine the end of the coaxial cable and the threaded end of the F-to-RCA adaptor. Press the adaptor onto the cable's centre pin.
Hold the adaptor with one hand while turning the cable's connector clockwise. Stop turning when the connector is firmly seated on the adaptor.
Repeat the process for the other end. Find the black or orange RCA-style connector labelled "SPDIF" on the PC or laptop. Plug one end into this jack.
Route the cable to a matching port on the receiver labelled "DIG." Alternately, use a numerical designation such as "DIG1." Plug the other end of the SPDIF cable into this jack.
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