Best way to connect Audio to MacBooks

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by brandonx76, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. brandonx76 macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2010
    I'm patiently awaiting the next rMBP release, but anticipate having some difficulty with audio connectivity to local speaker system.

    I technically could, just use the 'headphone'/'line out' port on the laptop, but this seems unnecessary, given that Bluetooth is an option, as would potentially, an audio output on a (future) Thunderbolt display....

    The waits been unfortunately terribly long...but I'm fully expecting a improved rMBP when the Haswell refresh surfaces...I still suspect the concern for audio output will persist post Haswell refresh, given that there is no concrete knowledge of what the next Thunderbolt display will feature.

    So, I think my question is...(and I apologize for not getting to the point sooner) there an adequate, low-latency/no delay bluetooth audio connectivity to standard (or bluetooth enabled) speaker systems?

    I recently picked up the Logitech adaptor, and tested with my MacBook Air, and noticed a .5 second or so delay...My primary purpose is to use the new rMBP with audio production, so the the delay over bluetooth currently is unacceptable.

    Is there another way?

    Any information / inputs appreciated
  2. EricT43 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2011
    Are you limited to Bluetooth? I'm not aware of any high-quality options for Bluetooth. IIRC, Bluetooth audio does some compression/decompression, which is probably the reason for the latency, and it also affects the quality of the audio. Since you're doing production and quality is important, a hard-wired connection is probably best.

    If you don't want to use the on-board outputs, you could always look into a USB DAC with RCA outputs, to hook up to powered monitors or an amplifier.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Wait a minute... you're using Bluetooth for AUDIO PRODUCTION? Every single bluetooth option I've heard in my life for audio has sounded like poop compared to a wired connection. Bluetooth doesn't have the reliability, bandwidth and signal strength required to make anything sound good.

    Use a good old speaker cable or optical out. Heck, I'd probably use an external DAC to truly get to the bottom of the sound so that you know exactly what you're producing sounds like.
  4. brandonx76 thread starter macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2010
    #4 you've got me thinking about external DAC solutions such as this... . . . I'm familiar with it so this should work although a bit pricey. At my studio I have presonus equipment which is sufficient, but not at home. So maybe this or another output would be the answer. Yet another piece of equipment on my I need to get good monitors.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    A pair of powered studio monitors with a good DAC will go a long way if you do not do any recording, only mixing.

    Apogee products are top notch.

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