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In answer to no.2:
It's a standard stereo 3.5mm jack but at the end of that (where the very tip of the jack goes) is a digital optical connection. Just the same as macbooks et al.

The optical cable that it takes is a standard 3.5mm size but has a clear tip to allow the optical signal down the fibre optic cable.

To benefit from the digital output you'll need to connect it to an optical input on your amp or into an optical input on a converter that can change the optical signal into another form of digital signal your can use e.g. digital coaxial etc.

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