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Digital Audio - A beginners guide?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by tom., Mar 25, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502


    I love my high bit rate and lossless audio, and I have just got myself a mac pro. Really I am looking for some advice on the best way to output this from the mac pro. On my previous PC i just used a X-Fi connected to my hi-fi.

    Mission M-71 Speakers, Denon PMA255UK Amp, Denon CDP and tuner.

    Is it worth investing in a new amp for an optical connection? Or is there new technologies which i should be looking into?

    I love my progressive rock and metal, and the sound quality is very important to me, it's just such a shame a lack any knowledge in this region. If i can help anybody with hardware/software issues on PC or mac i'd be more than happy to though!

  2. macrumors regular

    Well, you could use a USB or FireWire Audio Interface that's commonly used for music creation. They essentially are external soundcards and depending on your needs come with an array of I/O's. For just simply sending a signal you could get a pretty basic one. There's many options in all different price ranges. Common brands are M-Audio, PreSonus, Apogee, etc..

    Here's some straight forward info: http://www.tweakheadz.com/soundcards_for_the_home_studio.htm

    I'm not big into HT stuff but maybe there's a hoody-whoop out there that can convert an optical signal to a L/R RCA signal to work with your old unit? *shrug*

  3. macrumors member

    Will the line out not do with a stereo mini-jack to RCA cable?

    Unless you want to record also I think an external box would be a bit overkill.
  4. macrumors regular

    I think the OP is looking a bit higher quality signal than a Mini-Jack output. :rolleyes:

    He mentioned he has a lot of Hi Bit-Rate and Lossless audio in his library.

  5. macrumors 601


    you can get a digital to analog converter which would hook up to the mac optical. i've got a Benchmark DAC-1 doing that and it sounds pretty darn good.

    you'd save some $300 by not needing the USB version, as well.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Ok, initially I am going to try a straight 3.5mm connection with a higher quality cable. Can anyone recommend good cables, that aren't majority over-priced?

    Also would I hear much result from bi-wiring my speakers?
  7. macrumors 68030



    Great people, great cables, great prices.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Thanks for all the responses.

    EDIT: Solved my problems with S/PDIF and TOSlink

    Is there many amps out there with optical connections or am I going to be more in the market for an AV receiver?

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