MBP: Digital Out - What Cable?

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  1. haze macrumors regular

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    I was going to buy some Audio Engine A5s, but since I am getting a new LCD TV I also need to get a new home theater receiver with HDMI. So, I was thinking maybe I should use my old JVC home theater receiver and some bookshelf speakers/monitors instead of the A5s. If I were to do this what is the cable type that I need to buy from monoprice.com? Do you think this would be a better solution the A5s?
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    The only way you can get digital out through the MBP is through a toslink/optical cable (which you probably already knew).


    So yeah..

    You would also need a DVI to HDMI cable. I got both of mine (optical and HDMI) from Monoprice
     
  3. CWallace macrumors 603

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    You will need a Toslink to Mini optical cable. The mini end goes into the MBP and the Toslink end into your receiver.
     
  4. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Sorry to hijack the thread but what if you already have surround sound speakers? Not like a receiver. Normal computer speakers (5.1) Assuming that that it will only be possible if the speakers have the optical in port?
     
  5. haze thread starter macrumors regular

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    I actually wasn't sure on the audio. I didn't know if the MBP and the receiver had the same end or not.

    For second part, would this be a better option than something like the A5s? The receiver would take up a lot of space for a computer.
     
  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    I'm actually not familiar with the A5s. I just use a set of z-5500's connected via optical from my MBP :p
     
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Here's what you need if your receiver has optical input. If not, just get stereo mini plug to RCA L&R.

    Surround sound is not a simple term. Does your system have optical or analog input? If analog, how many inputs does it have? From a Mac, the best you can do is R&L, which can provide 5-channel Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound, but not 5.1 digital (i.e., Dolby Digital or DTS).
     
  8. toolbox macrumors 68020

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