I have an optical on a laptop and I can control volume via Windows.
Just a qick question. If your passing your sound from your CarPC via Optical then you cannot controle volume on the carPC correct.
Does this mean you can no longer mix on the carpc. For instance GPS voice speaks over lowered volume music. Is everything passed from the carPC at the same volume?
How is that possible? I thought you could only adjust an analog signal?
It's and optical analog signal you can adjust it no problem. I have an creative labs laptop card that uses optical output and i can adjust the volume no problem
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every optical source I've used (sound cards, car head units) have had the ability to adjust volume over optical.
No. All soundcards send a digital signal over optical.All soundcards are analog over optical?
If your PC is decoding audio to PCM then you can adjust the colume over optical.
If you PC is streaming compressed audio (DD or DTS) then volume cannont be adjusted.
However if you PC decodes DD/DTS to PCM adjusts the volume, then re-encodes to DD/DTS voluem adjustment over SPDIF (optical/digital co-ax) will still work.
Im going to be outputting it into a Alping H701. Will i still be able to control volume from the PC? I don't know what happens to that PCM signal inside the H701
It doesn't matter what happens to the PCM inside the 701 as the PC can be considered the master volume. But for the record it takes the digital signal - does what ever processing you've setup, rund it through a DAC, and then through a pre-amp.
However be aware that controlling the volume in the digital domain requires "bit shaving" which if not executed correctly can reduce the quality of sound. Also if using PCM over optical you will be limited to 2 channels of audio between the PC and the 701.
Where as I expect the volume control within the 701 work in the analog domain in it's pre-amp section.