01-10-2012 10:06 AM - edited 01-10-2012 11:33 AM
I'm using currently a Thinkpad W500 with Lenovo Advanced Minidock Dockingstation for R/T/W/Z Series and 30" monitor.
Since I have encountered performance leaks during last time I was looking for a new thinkpad, but I can't find any solution which provides SPDIF out (Im streaming DTS and Dolby Digital to external Decoder).
It seems all newer thinkpad and docking series does not have SPDIF out and I do not want to relay on additionl devices.
Does anyone knows something I have missed?
Will next series support SPDIF again?
01-11-2012 07:03 AM
I gave up with display port to dual link DVI adapters as they dont work very well and fail often, and so had to scrap my dell 30" 3007 IPS panel. I went out and bought a new dell 30" U3011 with displayport just becase the W520 and its doc dont support Dual link DVI.
Same story with the SPDIF, my old laptop had this, so I had to go out and buy a cheap USB to spdif converter, which doesnt sound great, but works. Also the U3011 has built in 5.1 out though the USB hub connector. However, the Dells hub does not work well with the doc - you have to plug the keyboard and mouse into the doc directly (which is a pain as my doc is far from my monitor) if you want nice stuff like to beable to wake up/unlock your notebook.
Personally, I would recommend buying an equivalent Dell or Apple over the W520 any day.
01-11-2012 09:57 AM
01-11-2012 03:53 PM
yes - seems i have to switch to a mac, I own already a mini display to dual-link dvi adapter (my monitor does have dvi only - samsung 305t plus) and the spdif output works well as I have tested already, but i will miss the docking station and their benefits and have to deal with several cables everytime I want to take the mac book with me.
01-11-2012 03:56 PM
01-13-2012 04:47 AM
It would only be possible if Lenovo provides an option for high end gaming / pro sound card with multiple 3.5" jacks. Multimedia machines such as Dell, Alienware provides S/PDIF.
If you need high quality sound, you may need this:
Some high end external cards even provide Stereo Mix, which can be a good reason to get.
Hopefully, 2012 would be a better year for all of you!
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01-13-2012 09:39 AM