thongie wrote:I was thinking about getting the pioneer 120s, but since you said there are no digital audio outs, what am i missing out on?
Digital audio output (SPDIF) on a CD/DVD-ROM is not necessary for digital playback, and probably very few people even use this capability (if present). This is not used for DVD playback, as the audio is already played back digitally using the IDE cable as the connector. All recent Windows operating systems support digital playback through the IDE cable, so a SPDIF output on the rear of a CD/DVD-ROM or burner is a rarely used option for playing CD's.
So what is your suggestion for a perfect dvd rom, so i can fully utilize my dolby digital?
Dolby digital can be used with any DVD-ROM, but your sound card must support Dolby Digital 5.1 coax or optical SPDIF output to a compatible amplfier that supports the Dolby 5.1 (2 front, 2 rear, 1 center, 1 subwoofer) digital playback.