View Full Version : Apple TV/Toslink to XLR (or 1/4")

Milky Rock
08-17-2014, 09:32 PM
What is the best option, preferably costing under $100 or so, for using an Apple TV in conjunction with a very large, professional sound system that takes XLR and 1/4".

I currently have a FiiO digital to analogue converter (this one Amazon.com: FiiO D3 (D03K) Digital to Analog Audio Converter With Micca 6ft Optical Toslink Cable - 192kHz/24bit Optical and Coaxial DAC: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005K2TXMO/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1)). However, I worry that converting from a the ATV's toslink to RCA and then to 1/4" might damage the sound.

I've been looking at this converter (Amazon.com: Hosa CDL-313 Coaxial-SPDIF to AES-EBU Link - Converter Coaxial Data Link AES/EBU (XLR) to S/PDIF (RCA) (Discontinued by Manufacturer): Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/Hosa-CDL-313-Coaxial-SPDIF-AES-EBU-Link/dp/B000068OGS/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1408325495&sr=1-2&keywords=XLR+to+Toslink)), which connects the Toslink directly to XLR. Presumably this will sound better than using a DAC as both formats are digital? Or because XLR is better balanced?

Please advise, I would like the best sound possible.