Soundcard with SPDIF input?

Ruslan Bukin br at
Tue Dec 17 12:27:43 UTC 2013

On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 05:45:38PM -0500, grarpamp wrote:
> Hi. I'm looking for a PCI interface soundcard with SPDIF
> input that is supported by FreeBSD.
> Specifically, I'd need S/PDIF coaxial input via RCA connector.
> (Not fiber via TOSLINK, but if it also has that, that's a bonus.)
> I'd like to use the card to capture the digital PCM (plain old
> two channel 16bit/44.1kHz audio) coming off the device over
> S/PDIF and then encode it losslessly to FLAC.
> Any suggestions on the card? The path is all digital so
> as long as it's supported it should do fine.
> And what software do I use to grab the stream off the card?
> It seems like it might be a different thing than using the
> card to digitize a line level audio input.
> Once I have the PCM (now converted by the card to WAV data?)
> in a file I can of course use FLAC to compress it. I'm used to
> ripping from my CD's, not from external audio devices. Thanks.

I use RME HDSPe AIO/RayDAT -- snd_hdspe(4)
It has S/PDIF TOSLINK input, not sure about coaxial one.


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