3.5 mm jack vs. Optical for stereo music?

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  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

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    Is there a difference in quality when listening to music being fed through a 3.5 mm jack vs. an Optical fiber optic cable? It would be from a PowerMac G5 to logitech Z 5500(which I don't have yet). This would just be for a lot of music listening,
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Which would have the best DAC, the G5 or the Logitech?
     
  3. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm actually not sure, I would guess the PowerMac. But I may not be right.

    I forgot to add that I would also be listing to music in Pro Logic II.
     
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    The Logitech should have the better DAC, as it is purpose built for sound, while the PM G5 DAC is a $4 component on the motherboard.

    You're not going to get surround or Dolby decoding out of the 3.5" analog jaxk, just plain stereo.
     
  5. bartelby macrumors Core

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    So to answer your question.

    Optical would be better.:)
     
  6. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So for listening to basic stereo music, optical is still better?
     
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Yeah, as the RAM says the DAC in the logitech should/would be better than that in the G5.
    Whether you'll notice any appreciable difference in the sound quality is another question.
     

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