Digital audio output on a Macbook Air?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by odedia, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. odedia macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    I want to buy a Macbook Air, but I also want to use it as my Home Theater PC. Problem is - it doesn't have a digital output that I can hookup to my receiver.

    Does anyone one of a simple USB solution for this problem where I can connect a SPDIF or Optical audio to it?
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    It doesn't have enough power to play high resolution video (you will struggle with most video higher than DVD quality). It would be wiser to buy a 13" MBP.
     
  3. odedia thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I strongly disagree... It is a 2.13ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with NVIDIA 9400M and 2Gb of ram.

    My 2 years old Mac Mini with Intel GMA950 graphics card plays HD just fine using Plex media player, so this one should have no issues.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    doesn't the air have the dual optical/analog 3.5mm plug like the MB's?
     
  5. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    The output of the MacBook Air is analog only according to Mactracker and Apple specs online.

    My 15" PowerBook has a similar analog out but I also use a USB Griffin iMic for sound input and output.
    It can connect to 1/8" jacks or standard RCA plugs.
     
  6. duky macrumors 6502

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    I've played 720p MKV files numerous times on my Air. It really doesn't struggle on it so I'm not sure what you're talking about.
     
  7. odedia thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi Jodeli, and thanks.

    It looks like the iMic solution is analog only so that won't help... I need a way to connect a toslink optical or spdif connector from the Macbook Air to an AC3/DTS receiver.

    Thanks!
     
  8. jdechko macrumors 68040

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  9. jackiecanev2 macrumors 65816

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    Look for a USB soundcard with optical out. There are tons to choose from.

    I've heard good things about this one.


    Cheers.
     
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    This is not true. The Rev C MBA can play 1080p Blu-ray rips perfectly fine so long as you use Plex and mux the m2ts file with AC3 or DTS audio.
     

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