Audio CD digital extraction and PC desktop computers.
By Audio CD I understand what is properly called CD digital audio (CDDA) or just Red Book. The first optical drives had an analog output to send the audio signal to the sound card. At least cheap computers, used only this output as a source for the audio signal. Time went by and now in every PC desktop computer, no matter its price, audio is taken from the drive data bus, perhaps prompted by the fact that some optical drives no longer have an analog output.
Could you tell me the approximate year when this shift towards "digital extraction" took place? More specifically, which one of these two approaches was the usual thing in low-end computers by the year of 2004?
Last edited by stf92; 11-04-2012 at 06:08 AM.