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No sound through SPDIF

Discussion in 'Soundblaster Live' started by Kamil Urban, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. Kamil Urban

    Kamil Urban Guest

    Hi! Recently I bought a DVD software decoder: Power DVD and I'm trying
    to watch a movie on it. But the problem is I can't hear any digital
    sound and my speaker system (DTT 2500 Digital) doesn't seem to sence
    the DD format (no light appears when watching the movie). This is
    happening when I choose the SPDIF sound output in Power DVD's
    settings. When I choose 4 or 2 spekers I hear the sound correctly.
    Here is my configuration: my Pioneer DVD player is connected to the
    IDE connector and also the digital output 2-pin cable is connected to
    the SPDIF input of my SBLive! Platinum card. The SB's Digital Out jack
    is connected to the DD (AC-3) SPDIF input of the speaker system. Also
    the SB card is connected to the LiveDRIVE II which in turn is
    connected to a Digital DIN ad-on fitting in the PCI slot to which the
    Digital DIN cable is connected which fits the Digital DIN input in the
    speaker system. I understand that the SPDIF signal is processed not
    through the digital DIN but through the Digital Out jack but unpluging
    the DIN cable doesn't change much. Please help me cause I can't seem
    to find a sollution to the problem. Waithing for your reply!
    Kamil Urban, Aug 18, 2004
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  2. Try setting yer speaker output mode to "Digital Output Only" in Surround
    Mixer when playing back DVDs. Since yer say it work with PowerDVD
    decoding the sound in 2 and 4 speaker modes, I'm guessing you have a
    Live!5.1 series card.

    If that is the case make sure that AC-3 decode is unchecked in advanced
    options in the speaker configuration applet.
    Sharanga Dayananda, Aug 18, 2004
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  3. Kamil Urban

    Lenny Guest

    This should not matter. All that switch does is muting the analog outputs,
    it doesn't actually affect the digital out...
    Lenny, Aug 18, 2004
  4. Kamil Urban

    Kamil Urban Guest

    Hi Thanks for your answer. "Digital Output Only" is checked. My card
    is the SBLive! Platinium version not the Live!5.1. As for the AC-3
    decode I read about this option a couple of times but I can't seem to
    find it in my settings. I am using the surround mixer ver. 2.00.29
    which is said to be the newest version for this card. On Creatives
    site there is an article in the Knowledgabase which is about disabling
    AC-3 decoding but it refers to another program (the interface looks
    different). If you have any idea what the problem is I would be
    Kamil Urban, Aug 19, 2004
  5. Kamil Urban

    Kamil Urban Guest

    Ok. I called Creative support and they explained the thing about the
    AC-3 decode option. The cards before 5.1 don't decode AC-3 so there is
    no option to disable it. As for my main problem they don't have any
    Can anyone help?
    Kamil Urban, Aug 19, 2004
  6. Kamil Urban

    Lenny Guest

    Actually, the Live 5.1 doesn't decode 5.1 EITHER. It's all done in software
    in the drivers. What the 5.1 version does have however is an extra stereo
    speaker output, previous cards only supported four speakers maximum.
    Start Powerdvd and run a movie. Right-click and bring up the preferences
    window. Select the information tab. Scroll down and see if the program has
    identified the digital output and is using it. Go to the sound tab. Verify
    the speaker environment is set as SPDIF. If all these are OK and you still
    don't get dolby digital you'll have to turn to PowerDVD support, but they're
    all indians who know sweet fanny adams about anything. I can't get DD or DTS
    out my SPDIF either from my Audigy2 ZS and they couldn't answer even the
    simplest of questions. Good luck with them, you'll need it. ^ ^
    Fortunately I have a native 5.1 sound system, I just use the analog
    outputs, but not everybody has that option. I don't recommend powerdvd
    anymore, for starters they "update" the program annually and you'll have to
    pay $70 all over again, but the difference is minimal and support is
    TERRIBLE. I sure as hell won't buy the next version...
    Lenny, Aug 19, 2004
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