I hope this is the correct place to ask this question. I have been
researching for several months and I cannot seem to find a definitive
answer, so I thought I would give this list a try.
I am planning to build a home theatre system with 5/7.1 surround
sound. It will have a high-definition plasma television, DVD-player,
and CD player, all of which have S/PDIF outputs. Rather than purchase
a prefabricated "receiver," I would like to use a Linux-based personal
computer to perform the decoding of the S/PDIF into 6 or 8 analog
channels to send to the amplifiers. I have been searching for quite
some time and I am unable to make an educated decision regarding this
Are there any ALSA drivers that will decode AC-3 S/PDIF input (coaxial
or optical) and pipe the analog sound to the proper outputs? If so,
which are recommended? I hope you can provide some insight to this
possibility. I would much rather use an open-source computer to
perform my functions than a hardware decoder.
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
Dustin C. Hatch