Does the iPhone 5 have true TOSLINK Optical Audio Output?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Bartmaster1234, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Bartmaster1234 macrumors newbie


    Feb 17, 2013
    San Francisco, CA
  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    That item's for a MacBook or Apple AirPort Express, the iPhone has only standard line out on the jack.
  3. QuarterSwede, Mar 5, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2014

    QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Does the iPhone 5 have true TOSLINK Optical Audio Output?

    To get good digital audio out you'd have to use the Lighting to HMDI adapter or (better yet) an AppleTV and AirPlay or AirPlay enabled receiver/dock.

    Alternatively, Bluetooth Audio is also an option but the lower quality is best relegated to the car where you would be less likely to notice a difference.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    There is no optical out in any of the iPhones. However the signal coming out of the lightening connector (via whatever adapter cable or dock) should be cleaner than from the headphone.

    I remember they used to sell these expensive digital docks for the 30-pins ($300+) don't know if they have them for the lightening.
  5. Curun macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2013
    Go wireless.

    Get that cable plus an Airport Express/AppleTV for AirPlay.

    Then use your iPhone wirelessly. Perfect quality.

  6. takeshi74, Mar 6, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2014

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    I'd also recommend using an ATV/AX & Airplay for optical out.
  7. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    Unfortunately, iOS devices don't have combo jack (headphone + mTOSLINK), unlike most Mac computers. Admittedly, it's going to be easy and cheap (maybe overly so) to get a pure digital signal that way.

    But the good news is, you can still bitstream off your iPhone/iPad with Airplay, albeit stereo only. It's relatively cheap compared to custom dock or adapter to extract the digital signal.

    You will need a regular router + Airplay enabled AV receiver, or Airport Express with TOSLINK cable connected to your DAC on you HiFi system.
    Or, because most modern AV receivers now have a USB input, you can directly plug your iPhone/iPod/iPad cable onto it and enjoy the noise free audio while getting your device recharged.
  8. wrx09md macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2013
    When you use the headphone jack on your phone or ipod you are using the internal DAC of the device which is crap. Ideally for sound quality you would want to use a 30 pin or lightning connector with an output on it that you can feed an external device with its own DAC.
  9. Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    I recommend using AirPlay with an AirPort Express. It's quite an elegant solution too.
  10. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    My receiver has AirPlay support built right in. No additional devices or wires. It really doesn't get any more elegant than that.
  11. trauma62 macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2007
    That is absolutely correct. I use the lighting connector to my Centrance HiFi M8 headphone amplifier to power my B&W P7 . The difference is hell to heaven. The headphone connector on th iOS devices sucks , I shall say the DAC sucks. Go HiFi M8 can't go wrong and is portable.
  12. MysterMac macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2007
    As an alternative to an Airport Express or AppleTV for AirPlay-to-optical duties, you might want to consider one of the little streaming boxes like AIIRIC/AIRMUSIC (different names - same box). You can get those for around £20.

    Alternatively, although more expensive, there's the Onkyo DS-A5 which is a 30pin dock. It has AirPlay, good quality RCA outputs and optical toslink out too.
    If your receiver is made by Onkyo - you might even get more functionality from the supplied remote control.

    Another way to get optical audio signal out of an IOS device is the camera connection kit and a usb-optical device. Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Micro II USB adapter is one example. Thats also an inexpensive route, but without AirPlay - so I think the little black boxes I mentioned first are the best value.
    You'll find them on ebay and amazon, try searching for "airplay air music DLNA".

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