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Creative Labs Sound Blaster Digital I /o Module

by Creative Labs
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Add optical and coaxial digital I/O to your Sound Blaster equipped PC. The Sound Blaster Digital I/O Module gives you digital inputs and outputs for easy connections to digital speakers or home theater systems.This Digital I/O Module works with Sound Blaster Live! 24 bit; Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value, SE, 4; Sound Blaster X-Fi Range.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Blaster Digital I/O Module Feb. 19 2009
Product worked just as expected. I purchased a cheap P4 computer to put in my home entertainment rack so I can surf the web on a 50" plasma display, but I wasn't able to hook the SoundBlaster card into my Denon receiver. This product was an inexpensive but effective solution, and very easy to hook up. You just need to make sure you have the cable you need for hooking into your receiver, i.e. an optical or coax audio cable, as they don't come with this product. (Understandable for the price)
Very satisfied with this purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go Digital or Analog but not both April 16 2007
By Michael G. Lustig - Published on Amazon.com
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Installing this product looked easy enough but was far from that. The "Instructions" consist of a picture of the device plugged into the X-Fi Sound Blaster card. Hmmm... That looked easy enough and I plugged it in and there was a brief moment of satisfaction when I saw the red light in the TOSLink optical output port -- unfortunately there was no audio.

I'm running Vista so none of the Creative applications work at all -- which isn't a problem in most cases except this one. Visiting Creative's website provided no relevant support.

The bottom line to get the Digital I/O module working is to use Control Panel->Sound. Find your speakers and click Properties. On the Custom tab click Digital Only. The analog speakers will be disabled but the Digital I/O will work.

BTW: If you want to record PC audio connect the coaxial input to the coaxial output and make sure you turn up the input gain to 100%. You can use any sound recorder (including the free one that comes with Vista) to make high quality digital recordings.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not compatible with all X-Fi Cards - ZERO Documentation Oct. 10 2007
By Jeff Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
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After doing a lot of research, and spending over an hour trying to connect this device to a new Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer card, I discovered on Creative's knowledge base that these two devices are not compatible. However, Creative doesn't disclose this anywhere - but strangely the device is compatible with Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer "Pro" card. Apparently, the non-Pro and non-X-Fi "X-Fi" cards only work with some strange mini optical digital-audio interconnect plug. This is simply the result of poor communication, zero documentation, and sloppy sales by Creative, Inc. If you're intending to use this device to connect an X-Fi card, check the newsgroups first because you probably won't get a straight answer from the product documentation or Creative's website. Overall, I was very disappointed with Creative, Inc. and this device is going back to Amazon.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Works, but only for 2 speakers. July 6 2007
By K. Mumbower - Published on Amazon.com
When using this cable to connect my Sound Blaster card to my new 5.1 surround sound system via the digital ports, it only sends the front left and front right information. The rest of the speakers are silent. If I use the analog outputs, I can get the 5.1 working fine. So, while my new speakers do work, so from that sense the cable works, it does not offer the same benefits as plugging up a sound card that has a digital output (my alienware laptop has a digital output and it works great for 5.1 surround via the same system).

I'd recommend saving your money on this cable and putting it towards a new sound card that has a digital output built into the card.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars works Aug. 19 2007
By Bruce Seplowitz - Published on Amazon.com
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you can only output digital OR analog. to change from 5.1 [big fancy digital] to 2.0 [little pc analog] you must go into 'control panel' and change settings.
in other words to free up the home theater and listen to the old desktop speakers i a bit of a nuisance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple HTPC connectivity May 6 2007
By Lee Mayhew - Published on Amazon.com
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This little module kept me from having to purchase a new receiver. I was able to quickly and easily connect my home theater PC's SoundBlaster Audigy 2 soundcard to my AV receiver via digital coax for true 5.1 Dolby Digital surround. And there are also digital in jacks as well, so I'll be able to run optical digital in from my sat box to the PC eventually. A great addition to my home theater setup.
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