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Optical -> Analog Sound

02-06-2006, 10:09 PM
Hey guys, I haven't been here in like 3 months. I've been looking solution to a problem I've had for a while, and short of ordering hella expensive decoders off of eBay for 100-300 (the ddts-100), I am looking for a way to:

Turn an optical signal into analog 5.1 sound using 3 1/8" jacks. If any of you use surround sound for your computer, you'll know what I'm talking about, the outputs look like 3 regular headphone jacks.

Most of you will probably say, why not just buy a system that has an optical input?

Well I've got some computer speakers I got a good deal on ($40 Logitech x-530's) and my setup is in a relatively small room. Plus, I'm a teenager with a limited budget here. Anyways, I've got my computer AND xbox 360 plugged into these speakers, but my 360 isn't get 5.1, I just use a 2-RCA jack-to-3 headphone jack converter, and i get the same sound out of all the speakers. I'm not about to buy a second set of speakers for my room, that is of course you guys know of a system that has 3 1/8" inputs AND an optical input that costs less than $200. So does anyone know of a simple converter that will turn my optical signal into 3 headphone jacks for Center/LFE, Left/Right, and Rear Left/Right?

And yes, I've looked into the Creative DDTS-100 and can't find it cheaper than like $200 anywhere.

02-07-2006, 01:44 AM
Don't waste time looking for the gadget he wants -it's here - http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=4&subcategory=136&product=9468&nav=0 he has posted this request repeatedly -about 25 posts all on this question since last august- he bought a cheap set of comptuter speakers - he's too cheap to buy a computer to use them - and too cheap to buy the device that he can use them with without a computer - for $200 - His Xbox360 and LCD cost enough that he should just spend the money to get what he needs - Don't waste time looking for the gadget he wants - it's been found - he just wants to get it really cheap- - a $100 HTIB is all he really needs - unless he wants to just talk about his bargain "surround speakers" as in http://www.highdefforum.com/showthread.php?p=75186#post75186

02-07-2006, 06:00 PM
Busted Lol!

02-07-2006, 06:50 PM

02-09-2006, 11:42 PM
I don't see what the big deal is. It took me about ten minutes to find a decoder for you for $35.


or even better

http://cgi.ebay.com/YAMAHA-DDP-1-Dolby-Digital-AC-3-RF-Demodulator-Decoder_W0QQitemZ5864413144QQcategoryZ14978QQssPag eNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


http://cgi.ebay.com/TECHNICS-SH-AC-500D-DTS-Processor_W0QQitemZ5864733722QQcategoryZ14978QQrdZ 1QQcmdZViewItem

We're getting a little more expensive now...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Marantz-DP870-Digital-processor-AC-3-Dolby-Digital_W0QQitemZ5865226639QQcategoryZ14978QQrdZ1Q QcmdZViewItem

But, I suggest you either purchase a new system with some sort of digital input (optical or coaxial, it doesn't really matter as you can always convert for pretty cheap) for the following reasons:
1) It's not that much more money.
2) It is easier to use.
3) It will sound better.

Just my two cents though.


Have fun!