Connecting Macbook Pro to Receiver

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Miguel760, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. Miguel760 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Can I connect my Late 2013 Macbook Pro to my AV receiver through the HDMI port?

    Assuming this works, would the audio be run through the MBR's DAC or the receivers DAC?

    I'm pretty new to all this. Thanks.
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    No, for audio he Mac has an audio output but you can use a fiber cable to the receiver. The Mac's audio output is a combo analog/digital and it sends S/PDIF over the optical cable. Then you let the receiver decode the multi-channel 7.1 or whatever sound.
  3. Diastro, Jan 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2015

    Diastro macrumors member


    Jul 12, 2010
    Veldhoven, the Netherlands
    Actually OP, you could actually use an HDMI cable to connect to your receiver, provided it has an HDMI-in on it. An HDMI cable transfers both audio and video over one digital connection, so this way you would use your receiver's DAC to convert digital data into actual sound.

    The reason why this might not be the best way to do it, is because you would send a video signal to your receiver as well. If you JUST wanted to use it for audio then – well – it would be a little redundant obviously. It could also have a negative impact on your Mac's performance as you're basically making it double its graphics intensity. It wouldn't be much of a problem in general day to day situations though – only ever with high resolution video or games.

    As ChrisA mentioned, it's probably easier (though potentially more expensive) to use an S/PDIF cable. This is a very specific cable that runs from your Mac's audio ouput jack to your receiver's optical input. This method also uses your receiver's DAC. The cable can be a little bit hard to find if you're unfamiliar with audio cables. Either ask the guys at your local (Apple) store or take a look here:

    Belkin 6' Digital Toslink Optical Audio Cable with Line-Out Adapter

    EDIT: Just as another tidbit of info: you would only use your Mac's internal DAC if you connect something to it with an analog audio cable. A pair of headphones for example. Your headphones don't have a DAC, so it uses the one built in to your Mac.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    A good source for toslink cables and adapters is

    VERY attractive prices...

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