Audio out on 2016 MacBook Pro, Any Advice?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tee.Nutter, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. Tee.Nutter macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2009
    Hi All,

    Little disappointed with the new touch bar MacBook pro, but hey ho been waiting for it long enough and I needed an upgrade to my solid 17" Macbook Pro, which incidentally still works a treat.

    So, I decided to buy the touch bar Macbook Pro with the LG 5K display, therein lies my questions regarding the glaring omission of optical audio out.

    My current speaker setup has digital audio in, has anyone come up with a smart way to connect either the Macbook Pro (Thunderbolt 3) or the LG 5K display (USB-C) to their speakers with digital audio in?

    Many Thanks,

  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Looks like you need some kind of USB3-to-digital connector/convertor.
    Not sure if any are "out there" yet.
    Maybe a USB (with "A" style connector) to TOSLINK, with a USB-c/A adapter?

    Go to and research this.
  3. Tee.Nutter thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2009
    Thanks for your reply Fishrrman, that is exactly what I was hoping to find out and see if anyone has had any luck finding such connectors/converters
  4. Chocomonsters macrumors regular

    May 22, 2007
    Do you need SPDIF for audio equipment or for driving headphone?

    It maybe better to just buy DAC/Amp that has USB/SPDIF/RCA/Coaxial input and use it.

    I was looking into Thunderbolt 3 dock with SPDIF, but decided to just connect my DAC/Amp (I use CEntrance DACmini) using USB to drive my headphone.

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