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On apples spec page it list the macbok as having a combined headphone output as well as digital output.



Now as far as I can tell I'm using an 1/8 connection of the audio out of the macbook to a set of labtop speakers ( rca).


Now if it's true tha this same output of te macbok is a true digital connection how is it that I can acheive this?

Obviously it's not using optical, maybe mini coax?

Someone who knows about audio & this issue please help me out

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That is as uncommon as you my think. I have a minidisc recorder/player it also combines the same line-in for analog and optical. Some more modern minidiscs combine analog/optical outputs as well. I have seen speaker systems and amplifiers do the same.

The cable should look a like this one (compared to a standard analog 1/8, optical on top)...



I'll try to get a better picture(s) later but this one should give you the idea, i don't know the exact name, but the cable is fairly common.

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To use the digital output you need an optical audio cable and a receiver or hifi system with digital audio inputs.
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That is as uncommon as you my think. I have a minidisc recorder/player it also combines the same line-in for analog and optical. Some more modern minidiscs combine analog/optical outputs as well. I have seen speaker systems and amplifiers do the same.

The cable should look a like this one (compared to a standard analog 1/8, optical on top)...



I'll try to get a better picture(s) later but this one should give you the idea, i don't know the exact name, but the cable is fairly common.

as above, even if you go to the stores and by a TOS link cable you sometimes get the 3.5mm adapter for the end. As most hi-fi's and AV equipment have the square TOS link connectors.

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I have used an optical cable and adapter to an external DAC - the former is likely to be the better option.
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That is as uncommon as you my think. I have a minidisc recorder/player it also combines the same line-in for analog and optical. Some more modern minidiscs combine analog/optical outputs as well. I have seen speaker systems and amplifiers do the same.

The cable should look a like this one (compared to a standard analog 1/8, optical on top)...



I'll try to get a better picture(s) later but this one should give you the idea, i don't know the exact name, but the cable is fairly common.

Thank you, exactly what I needed to kno as most people do not know that the macbook actually has a digital out.

My only mission now is to find this cable.


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Did anyone ever find a way to get an optical cable that hooks into a standard optical or coax receiver input? I'd sure like to hook my macbook up to my receiver with digital sound!
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