Computer -> [toslink ->] coax S/Pdif out nowadays 2018-02-10 01:20:29 I need to refresh my knowledge on cheap devices to get coax digital out of a (Win7) computer, either from toslink (which my mobo outputs, Gigabyte with Realtek audio) or from USB. I see the economics of scale at work: a helluvalot of cheap DACs and toslinks out, but not so much that gives coax out.And I want to connect more than one at the time. Earlier on I have experienced clashes when trying to connect different USB audio devices, which is also a reason to try mobo toslink -> coax. * Cheap optical to coax converters: do they do the job of simply passing the signal over, or are they resampling, corrupting DTS streams, and all that?* Devices based on TI PCM2704 are dirt cheap these days. Has a DAC, which I don't really need, but which makes it hard for me to read specs: does it pass on to the coax output anything other than 16 bits?(Do I hear the difference between 16 and 24 bits? Obviously I do if the 24-bit signal does not play. I want compatibility.) * Even HDMI splitters output digital audio. Appears like a stupid solution, but if it works ... but documentation is hard to find. But then I will likely have the issue that Windows will lose it if power management turns off the monitor.In the past I have had mixed experience with cheap USB-audio to coax interfaces:My HA Info U2 will often (but not always!) BSOD if hotplugged. This thing: https://archimago.blogspot.no/2013/03/measurements-adaptive-aune-x1.html Since the last half year I have not been able to make it identify itself to Windows. It would always require multiple reconnects, but now it is hopeless.So I resorted to my old MDPort-DG2 thing - which isn't happy about changing sample rate.