Alright where to start. About 2 months ago I purchased a Cambridge Soundworks FPS 2000 Digital speaker system from ye olde local Wal-Mart, and when I got them home and started to install them, I realized my sound card didn't support 4 speakers. So, after doing some reasearch, I was almost sold on a SoundBlaster Live! Platinum 5.1. However, right before I bought it a friend told me about the Hercules Game Theater XP. Well, I almost completely dismissed the idea until I realized that in order to use the LiveDrive! that comes bundled with the SoundBlaster I would need a new case. So, to try to save myself some expense, I opted for the XP (has an external box in case you didn't know).
Anyway, it seemed to all work out fine until I tried using my DVD-ROM drive. At first I didn't notice anything, but during quiet scenes on movies, I noticed a slight noise in the background, almost like static. A friend told me that it could be the watermarking on the DVD (which you aren't supposed to be able to hear unless copied [no it wasn't a copied DVD ]). Another person told me it's due to me not being able to use the Digital DIN on my FPS 2k.
The reason I cannot use it is because on the speakers it uses a 9-pin S-Video-like cable and the Digital outputs on my XP are only Coaxial and Optical.
Therefore, I come to a decision. I feel I must either find a way to sell my speakers and find a better set that is digitally-compatible with my sound card or sell my XP and get a SB Live! Plat. 5.1. However, the latter would still require me to get a new case.
So, finally, to get to the real question at hand: is the Hercules Game Theater XP completely useless with my speakers, or can I buy some sort of Digital DIN adapter that will work with my sound card? Or is there some other reason for the noise in the DVD background (really JUST a watermark) that I am not aware of? If any of this is incoherent (and it probably is since it's 3 AM), then just ask me what I meant and I'll try to explain. Please help and hopefully save me some money! Thanks.
I own a Hercules Game Theater XP and it gives me MUCH better sound than my old creative sblive value. I rigged two sets of speakers for 4.1 channel sound and its awesome.
I would recomend you download the newest drives for your card off the net, it might solve your sound problem.
Also I've never heard of a 9 pin s-video like cable to transfer audio, and I've seen Sblive platinum cards and they do not have plugs like this so there has to be some kind of adaptor. I suggest you call Cambridge and ask them about an adaptor then you'll know for sure
August 6, 2001 1:14:49 PM
I think this is for the Remote Volume Control/Box, not the actual signals.