CD-ROM to sound card: analog or digital?

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radrabik

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Just about every CD-ROM drive has outputs for analog and digital. Sound cards have inputs for the same. Is there any advantage to using one over the other. My CD-ROM drives were always connected to the sound card via the analog connection, but now I have a brand new sound card and wondered if connecting up using the digital connection would be better. There seems to be no info out there addressing this issue.
 
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On many sound cards, the digital input is for the DVD drive, the analog is for the CD... but usually there isn't a separate input for DVD that is labeled DVD. If you have a SPDIF and digital in, then you can use the SPDIF for the DVD and the digital for the CD. If you only have a CD and you use the digital, then there's no problem. For most uses (such as purely listening... sending sounds to the speaker to listen to) you won't notice any difference, but as long as you have the best then you might as well use the best. If you record (rip) mp3s and such to your computer, then I difinately say use the digital, but it wouldn't be used for anything else anyway, so go ahead and use it either way.
 

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Thanks Paul and Mike. There are an abundance of hook-ups on my sound card, but I've never seen anything, especially in the sound card manuals I've looked through, that explained which connection from the CD-ROM would be preferred. I've had enough experience to know that one can't just assume things with computers. I'll hook up the digital connection since there doesn't seem to be a downside. Thanks again.
 
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