Sad day. Electronics from freshman year of college have finally given up the ghost… the Creative DDTS-100 was a pretty awesome little device:
It was essentially a multiplexer / digital multichannel decoder for powered speakers, such as what you would buy for a PC. Think mini-receiver with no amplifiers. Nate & I used it in the dorms extensively to drive my Klipsch ProMedia 5.1’s, but it seems in the 2 years of transportation and storage since, the forces that be took it out on my poor DDTS-100:
For the non-techies: Broken circuit boards are bad. Quite bad.
For the techies: Apparently (based on the smell and general not-working-ness) this connected a couple hot traces to a ground plane, shorted the power circuits, and fried the heck out of a bunch of stuff :-/
Rest in peace.