No optical audio out on MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Noted, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. Noted macrumors member

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    Theres no optical output socket on my MBP but there was definately one on my old Powerbook. Why did they decide to take it out and is there no way I can use optical audio?

    I have a 15inch 2.16ghz MBP
     
  2. JDN macrumors 6502a

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    I thought it was the same port as the 3.5mm headphone socket? Im 99% sure MBP has an optical out.
     
  3. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    My MacBook has. It's in the 3.5mm headphone socket. So I'll presume yours has too!
     
  4. DA-Steve macrumors regular

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  5. srexy macrumors 6502a

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    x2.

    I picked up my mini-toslink converter plug on ebay for $6
     
  6. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    Here's a graphical representation of the answer.

    http://digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=69934

    Apple just combined the headphones jack and optical audio output. Same thing applies to the input. It's a "combined optican digital input/audio line in (minijack), according to http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    RTM, friend...
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Just buy an optical cable with a toss link 3mm jack
     
  9. CDailey macrumors regular

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    Sorry to bump an old-ish thread, but does anyone know where I can get one of these adapters and how much they cost? I looked on the Apple site and they don't have one (unless I've missed it some how) and Radioshack.com has one I think, but it's $40, and surely a simple adapter can't cost that much...
     
  10. kolax macrumors G3

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    I got a 3 meter optical cable with 2 adapters included in the package for £12.99 (about $25.00).
     
  11. expergo macrumors regular

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    Here you go.
     
  12. CDailey macrumors regular

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    Thank you for the link expergo, but do you have any information on an actual adapter? I already have a 3ft optical cable that I use for my Xbox 360 and PS2, so It would be much more convenient to just have an adapter for the MBP and switch the cables from device to device instead of switching the cables on the back of the control panel of my Logitech Z5500's.

    Is this what I would need?
     
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