Black Macbook to Receiver??

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by jbute2k2, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    I have the black macbook and would like to hook it up to my sony str-dg720 receiver? What would be the easiest/best way to go about this? Im wanting to listen to my music through it...not so much video but that would be nice (not a priority though).
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    You have a few options.. Either a simple 3.5mm Mini jack to phono(rca) connector cable. These are readily available and cheap. Mini jack goes in the macs headphone socket. phono/rca cables go to the inputs in the back of your hifi/receiver. May need a long cable though...

    Or, much the same thing, but via a FireWire or USB audio interface. You'd only do this if you are fussy about sound quality. Modern macs built in outputs are not all that, so many people prefer to go via a decent audio interface first. Which interface? Theres a multitude of them to choose from. From cheap to very expensive. The choice is yours.

    Or, finally.. A semi wireless system. Send music wirelessly from iTunes to an Airport express. You'd still need the cable I described earlier, to go from the Express to your hifi/receiver. But its a much more elegant solution :)
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008

    Where can I find one of those? Best Buy seemed to think I was crazy when I said I was looking for one of those? Any links?
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    Not exactly.. That has an S video connector on it, at the computer end. Your computer has no S video connector, although you can get an adapter. And even then, only if you really want video too.

    If you only want audio, then all you need is something like this:

    Any number of places sell cables just like that, as they are very common.

    If you really want to send video too, then i'll let someone else chime in with help on that, as I don't dabble with it really.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    Booooo RCA jacks!

    Step 1: Mini-DVI to DVI adapter for your MacBook
    Step 2: DVI to HDMI Cable, to get video off your MacBook into your receiver
    Step 3: Optical Cable, to pass your audio (pure digital) to your receiver

    If all you want is audio, get the optical cable for $20.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007

    one thing i would add is to get all your cables mentioned above from probably get all 3 for $20, same quality.

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