CDs in Amarok
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Mon Feb 16 13:37:32 UTC 2009
> Orcan Ogetbil wrote:
> > I am pretty sure that "analog playback" of CD's is not really analog.
> > But what is the definition (of "analog playback")?
> "Analog" playback means playback through the sound cable from the CD drive
> to the soundcard (which of course assumes that cable is plugged), as
> opposed to digital audio extraction to the computer and playback through
> the CPU. The advantage is that it doesn't use CPU power and is less
> susceptible to some forms of copy protection (also depending on the drive),
> the drawback is that it needs that cable to be plugged and that effects
> cannot be performed (on most sound cards, you can control the volume of
> direct CD playback, but other than that no tuning can be done because the
> sound doesn't transit through the CPU).
> I think it's called analog playback because that cable is an analog cable
> and thus it's the CD drive which does the digital->analog conversion, not
> the sound card. I may be wrong though.
> Kevin Kofler
"Analog" playback does not existing on all CD/DVD devices. The newer SATA
CD/DVD devises don't have a "analog" output, most, maybe all IDE devices do
have. On SATA devices signals are going through the cpu and are all digital.
My device is of this type. With the default configuration, KsCD - in KDE 4.1.4
- locked up my device (hard resets were necessary, to get it alive). To solve
the problem, I had to enable "use digital playback". In KDE 4.2 "digital
playback" seems to be the default. It worked out off the box. Btw. yes, the
skin is really awful.
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