Audio cable RCA to Jack 3,5mm

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by MacAddicted84, May 21, 2009.

  1. MacAddicted84 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I'd want to connect my A/V receiver to my macbook but I want to buy a good quality cable, any idea? (I need 5 metres of cable)

    Otherwise, I have the Monster Cable but it is only 2 metres. There is a good quality extension jack/jack.
    I see on ebay but disappointed by the quality.

    Thank you for the help
     
  2. Paul Ashton macrumors newbie

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    Getting good quality cables with mini jacks is almost impossible. Same thing with RCA/phono but probably easier because of the hi-fi market.
    It is best to try and avoid extension cables.
    If I were you and I would go for a good quality 5 metre RCA cable which are easier to find and then use an RCA to jack converter.
    Belkin do a reasonable one - after that check all the major brands. You can pay almost as much as you want anything from gold coloured to gold plated.
     
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Does the Macbook have optical output? I think it does. That 3.5mm jack is a combination audio and S/PDIF jack. If your A/V receiver has S/PDIF then absolutely by far the best thing to use is a fiber optic cable.

    If you can't use fiber optics order the cable you need from Sweetwater. I see they have a "hosa" brand for under $8. Hosa cables are not bad quality. and they have a "monster" brand for about $60. Monser are slightly better but grossly over priced.
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/search.php?s=cable+rca+3.5mm&go=Go!
    Try the $8 cable, shipping is free and quick.


    EDIT: You need 5M, sorry. Then you really do want fiber. But if it must be coper wire use RCA cables for most of the run then a short adaptor. RCA cables are two runs of co-ax which is much better then what they put inside a 3.5mm cable. I still recommend sweetwater for cables because they will ship free and you can just tell them your problem a sales engineer will recommend a product. The company offers a very high level of customer service.
     
  4. MacAddicted84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank. The idea of adapter direct me to buy a toslink cable and the relative adapter.
    Isn't that better?
     
  5. MacAddicted84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I has posted in the same time of ChrisA :D
    So, does the macbook pro have a digital output? I don't want to make the wrong purchase...
     
  6. sycho macrumors 6502a

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  7. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    If your a dab hand with the iron, you could always make your own. That's basically what monster cables are.. only difference is, your paying a premium for their cable of choice.
     

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