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Subject: Re: Iriver H120, SP Dif or optical?

Re: Iriver H120, SP Dif or optical?

From: Brent Harding <>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 18:29:08 -0600

Oh, think the sound card has all mini plug connectors on it besides these 2
small things that stick out that feel like they have a small hole in the
middle. I hope those are the coaxial connectors, but they probably just
aren't the same as what the video card has for TV.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Woods" <>
To: "'Rockbox'" <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 1:17 PM
Subject: RE: Iriver H120, SP Dif or optical?

> The optical (at least out) of the H1x0 series is very much optical - with
> red laser light - audio. I have a special optical cable which has
> flippable
> ends so I can connect my device to both types of optical socket (for e.g.
> I
> have an audio interface for my laptop which uses TOSLink sockets, but my
> H140's optical in and out sockets are of course, like on your H120, the
> 'regular' sockets which accept the mini-toslink 3.5mm jacks). I can't
> remember where I got my cable from, I think it was Maplin - see the links
> below for a couple of pics. It really is a handy cable.
> Basically, to swap the ends, you just (gently, no force required) pull the
> outer casing away from the cable a bit - in the direction the actual
> connector is facing. That brings the other side of the flippable connector
> out of its home, and you can just swivel the head around. Let go, it pops
> back into place.
> You can't just plug coax (SPDIF) into optical, you need some kind of
> converter. Of course, that's where some audiophiles get really anal about
> what kind of circuity you use, what components... But you can pick up a
> (optical -> coax) or COOP (coax -> optical) converter for around 20 quid.
> Examples... OPCO:
> , COOP:
> . Not
> pimping that site or anything in particular, was just the first relevant
> result on a Google. Probably end up buying one of both myself, handy
> little
> buggers to have around methinks.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Brent Harding []
>> Sent: 08 November 2006 04:53
>> To: Rockbox
>> Subject: Iriver H120, SP Dif or optical?
>> I could've had a 320 or 340 on Ebay, but I decided at the
>> time I received their phone call alert not to bid because I
>> wanted to try for the 120/140.
>> If I could use the digital out off my sound card into that
>> 120 I bought, it could solve problems I have recording with
>> the stereo mix In the specs of the H120 as I found them they
>> mention optical and SP dif being the same, like optical (sp
>> dif). I thought they were 2 different digital connection
>> standards. My Turtle Beach Montego DDL has SP dif in and out
>> on it, according to the volume settings in Windows. Would I
>> need an adapter to be able to record the digital sound card
>> output on the Iriver? I was hoping that, since stereo mix
>> records bad quality for some reason, that the hardware
>> digital out would be as good as what I hear out the speakers
>> when playing anything but stereo mix recordings.
Received on 2006-11-09

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