Cable to connect MacBook Pro to Logitech Z-5500 speakers

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by michaelr123, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. michaelr123 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009
    Hi all

    I'm looking at getting a MacBook Pro, and hooking it up to my Dell monitor and Logitech speakers when at home. Both the SP/DIF and coax connection on the speakers are free right now, so I need to know what cable I'd have to buy to connect the MacBook Pro to either of these 2 connections? I asked the online chat section of the Apple website, to which they replied they had no such cable, and proceeded to cut me off rather than providing a solution - doesn't exactly fill you with much confidence when buying into a premium product!

    Can someone please let me know what cable it is I require? It must be capable of producing 5.1 sound on the speakers.

    Many thanks

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    MacBook Pros use an optical audio output.


    Built-in stereo speakers
    Built-in omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)
    Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
    Combined optical digital audio output/audio line out (minijack)


    So you need the following cable found via "MacBook Pro optical out to SPDIF" put in one of those search engines that seem to float around lately.



  3. michaelr123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009
    That's perfect, just the pictures I need to find exactly what I need to buy! Thanks :)
  4. secretanchitman macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2007
    agreed with him. i use the exact same cable to my z-5500 and it works perfectly. it does do dts/dolby digital/96-24 just fine in itunes and vlc.

    make sure to set it to 96000hz in the audio midi it will display on the logitech control pod. also, dont forget to do two tweaks to the control pod. i made my standby light purple instead of red, and i turned on diagnostic mode, so it tells me what type of signal is being used on the z5500, as well as the volume indicator goes into a step/bar like mode - much better than just seeing a static bar going sideways.

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