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excalibur313
Mar 6, 2005, 09:48 PM
I have a pretty nice av system that I enjoy plugging in my powerbook and listening to itunes off it but I was curious if there was some way that i could convert the digital signal to analog better then the little mini jack. It's not too shabby but I am interested in a way to do it so that it sounds better.
Thanks,
Stephen

excalibur313
Mar 7, 2005, 01:16 AM
what do you guys think? I imagine it would be usb kind of like a sub woofer but just the amplifier

quackattack
Mar 7, 2005, 03:24 AM
There are quite a few options for external soundcards and DACs. I know that m-audio has quite a few. Maybe you should take a look at their site.

For what it sounds like you are doing, you best option may simply be the Airport Express. It is relatively cheap, and I have heard that it has great sound when hooked up to larger audio systems. Plus no wires! Bonus.

That is my suggestion, hope that helps.

CanadaRAM
Mar 7, 2005, 04:08 AM
If you have a Powerbook with a PCMCIA slot, the Echo Indigo line
http://www.echoaudio.com/Products/CardBus/index.php

Griffin Powerwave USB $99 stereo RCA only - includes 10W amplifier
http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/powerwave/

MAudio
Transit $99 stereo in/out
http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Transit-main.html
Sonica Theatre $119, supports 7.1 & DTS digital
http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/SonicaTheater-main.html

Thanks
Trevor
CanadaRAM.com

JRM PowerPod
Mar 7, 2005, 06:10 AM
Those M-Audip gadgets seem quite good, tad expensive though

JFreak
Mar 7, 2005, 07:09 AM
how about digidesign mbox? ;)