How to make an spdif cable

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How to make an spdif cable
Convert coax to SPDIF with a couple of inexpensive adaptors. (Chad Baker/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Hold the adaptor with one hand while turning the cable's connector clockwise. Stop turning when the connector is firmly seated on the adaptor.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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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