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Digital audio out in XW4300

I am using HP XW4300 workstation, I want to know where to get the digital audio out. I heard that it supports 7.1 digital audio output. Which model digital receiver will be suitable for it. A digital receiver upto preamp stage is enough. Please help me with this.

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  • vijayaero Nov 30, 2008

    I just hav 3 numbers of 3.5mm analogue audio jack. I don't know how to obtain digital audio. There is no rca jack available. But i am sure xw4300 supports digital audio. Help me to find the jack too.

  • vijayaero Nov 30, 2008

    OK, but my question is where is the connecting jack for the fibre optic cable? I don't find one the rear panel or anywhere else. Also suggest me a good digital receiver tat supports 7.1 and having amplification only upto pre amp stage, i think it will bring down the cost.

  • vijayaero Nov 30, 2008

    Thank for ur reply. I appreciate ur help so much, Thank u. I hav attached some sreen shots of realtek audio manager of my workstation and some technical sheets. Kindly go through them.

    This is the link for the technical sheet

    Ur help will be heartily appreciated.

  • vijayaero Nov 30, 2008

    This page shows the rear panel of my computer

  • vijayaero Dec 01, 2008

    Anologue connection supports only stereo. Thats why i am asking abt digital audio. I will contact hp for any expansion options.

  • vijayaero Dec 01, 2008

    There is no expansion available for this, Is it possible to obtain digital audio from one of the 3.5mm jacks? Because if u refer the specsheet carefully u can find this " FlexiJack (Performing a 3-in-1 function, Digital In / Line In / Microphone)
    via 3.50 mm minijack " Is it possible?

  • Dominic
    Dominic May 11, 2010

    Any Dolby Compatible Receiver will do...

    How are you connecting the sound card to the receiver?



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Right, it uses a fiber optic cable that connects to the "Digital Out" on your computer. There is "harmonic distortion" with the use of the RCA cables; the louder the output volume the greater the distortion. When using the "Digital Audio Cable" the is only pure data signal, aka DSP (Digital Signal Processing), because the two devices communicate with Infrared light flashes through the fiber optic cable; trust me you can hear the difference. You may need to buy one of those cables if your receiver did not come with one.

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  • Dominic
    Dominic Nov 30, 2008

    I looked at HP XW4300 Workstation Specs Sheet:

    Then I looked at the audio connections on your Workstation (Page 10 of 30):

    HP Workstation Support Manual

    It doesn't look like your workstation has a digital out connect like the other XW Series. All I found was a guide to install a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card...

    That's what I have on my own personal computer a Sound Blaster X-Fi; my card came a 5 speaker setup. Front and Rear Speaker with a Sub-woofer; my friend purchased one with a fancy deck that his monitor sits on. Let me show you...

    My sound card:

    My speakers:

    This speaker kit comes with a remote:

  • Dominic
    Dominic Nov 30, 2008

    Your system screen shots show a "Realtek HD Audio Device" and the system specs say you have a Creative Sound Blaster HD Audio Device. No wonder you're confused... I'm getting confused.

    There should be more than one audio connection plug in the back of the computer and the color coding matches what is displayed on the Realtek HD audio device window. (If you don't have more than three audio connection plugs in the back we have a serious problem)

    See the yellow color coded connection plug?

    That's one of the "Digital Out" connections you could use to plug in to a receiver...

    The other connection I was talking about looks like a small socket with a flap covering the port hole; that is for the fiber optic cable. (Sometimes you can see a red glow coming out of the port.)

    • The green color coded connection is for the front channel speakers...

    • The blue color coded connection is for analog input.

    • The pink color coded connection is for the microphone.

    • The remaining black connection is for the rear channel speakers.

    Do you see the color coded jacks?

  • Dominic
    Dominic Nov 30, 2008

    Yeah, it looks like you only have one audio out; the green color coded connection. So, the only possible setup is through the analog connection; unless you upgrade. There might be a expansion piece you can buy that plugs into the motherboard that gives you the addition connections; but I doubt you'll have much luck finding it. You can still have Dolby Surround Sound with the analog connection...



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