i am happy to use normal usb and rca connectors; it’s the possibility of convenient mounting in a pc case so it’s available like a pci-e sound card plugs on the back of a case - like say an asus stx or hdav
if i buy one i’ll post pics of how i manage the situation
Hello, I think the Tone Board could possibly be mounted on a case slot cover. Not sure if side to side clearance with existing expansion cards in your PC would be a problem.
The Non-VIM version of the TB is narrower, as it has no mounted GPIO header.
If you have the room and you don’t like to solder, I assume the VIM version’s GPIO header could be used to connect the TB internally to an available USB header on your PC’s motherboard. NOTE: I have not tried this, I have no desktop PC at the moment, so proceed with caution.
As for electrical interference, I have no prediction on that.
With the case I have here, the control nuts would have to be put on with the slot cover installed, as they are wider than the slot’s opening.
Some pictures to get some ideas…
this is useful, as i have no board (yet) to test sizes
attaching the control nuts with the case open as i support the board would be simple; there is plenty of room as i use onboard video, and the only slot currently engaged holds the xonar hdav sound card, that this would replace
drilling the metal seems the hardest part
however, modifying a slot cover to hold the tone board utilising a bespoke piece of thin ply (or even perspex or plastic) after amputating most of the metal would be a real possibility
indeed, the lock nuts could replace the usual mechanism and simply hold the mounted card in the empty slot - it’s not like there is any great pressure on the thing after the plugs are connected
To add, in the pre-digital days, weight was almost synonymous with quality gear, be it turntables, amps, speakers, etc. So I still like to feel weight in a piece of audio gear, so I can appreciate the “Hefty feel”.
Good job on the USB-C port’s opening too.