How to play audio from Macbook Pro to Amp?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by tonyau, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. tonyau macrumors member

    tonyau

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    Hi

    I want to use my Denon AVR1713 receiver as a 2.1 setup connected through my MBP.
    I thought it would be straight forward and that I would just need a toslink optical cable with the 3.5 jack on one end and it would be all good.

    No - it doesn't work :(

    Any ideas please?
     
  2. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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  3. tonyau thread starter macrumors member

    tonyau

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  4. danb1979 macrumors member

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    If you want a better sound, get a small DAC such as the Fiio D3 and use that

    I had this set up with my previous MBP and then my a current Mini and it was great and sounds hell of a lot better than a 3.5mm to RCA cable, IMO!

    MBP > optical cable > DAC > amp :D
     
  5. cbautis2 macrumors 6502a

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    No difference in DAC sound unless his speakers are high fidelity. If there is, it's so subtle that it can only be distinguished by precised volume matched double blind A/B
     
  6. jerwin, Dec 29, 2015
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    jerwin macrumors 65816

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    you probably need to assign the denon's optical in to a specific input --bluray, game, aux, tv, etc.

    It's explained on page 93 of the user manual.

    https://content.abt.com/documents/43627/AVR1713_manual.pdf

    In my experience, the mac's optical input has one advantage over the headphone jack-- no harsh feedback when you unplug without first turning off your speakers. And since it's a laptop, you'll be doing a lot of unplugging.

    Oh, and dts/dolby digital sound if you're into that.

    But as far as circumventing a cheap, electrically noisy DAC in favor of one that's engineered correctly, Apple may know what it's doing.

    The major disadvantage of the optical. route is that you lose your volume keys-- you'll need to to adjust it using the Denon controls.

    (I use the optical out because it's connected to a box providing both Line outs--for my amplifier, and a headphone jack-- for my Sennheisers.)
     
  7. tonyau thread starter macrumors member

    tonyau

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    Probably why it wasn't working initially, jerkin - I hadn't assigned the optical input, although tv audio is the default for optical, and I don't think I had changed it. I'll check it out tomorrow.
     

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