nMP audio output/receiver advice

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Cyclogram, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Cyclogram, Aug 12, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2014

    Cyclogram macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2014

    First post in over a decade (had to create a new account)...

    I have a nMP connected to the latest H/K Soundsticks. I've had a similar set up since 2002 starting with a MDD PowerMac and the 1st gen SoundSticks.

    Although I stream audio to my remotely located stereo receiver, I'm looking to bring a better audio experience into my office where the nMP is located. Computer speakers won't cut it anymore. I know they're not-so-great H/K, so I'd rather blow $$$ on proper speakers connected to an amp than the same amount on quality 'desktop' speakers.

    I'm looking for advice for a relatively simple solution to wire the nMP to a new receiver. It's my understanding the nMP audio out port (despite being a minijack) supports digital S/PDIF fiber optic cables. However, I've found no examples of such a set-up.

    Has anyone connected their nMP to a receiver using the highest fidelity output (not analog) with good results?

    Basically, I'm looking for a relatively straightforward solution that involves nothing more than:
    1) recommended ports/cables
    2) recommended receiver

    I'm amenable to a HDMI solution, but note that one of my displays occupies the HDMI port. Would also consider a TB connection if such a (reasonably priced) converter to a standard audio output exists for the receiver end.

    I'd like to keep my budget to around $600 USD for the receiver and necessary cables. Speakers be damned, I'll deal with those later.

    Many thanks in advance,
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    The new Mac Pro, like many newer Macs, supports digital audio output via a mini-Toslink cable, e.g.:


    If you want just really good stereo, that plus a D to A converter,


    Will feed most any integrated amplifier or pre-amp/amplifier combo that you might purchase (or already own today).

    If you want surround sound from movies, you will need a surround sound receiver. All the devices I currently use are no longer sold today, so I am limited in my ability to recommend. :)

  3. Cyclogram thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2014
    @Alrescha - many, many thanks! The Moshi Toslink looks spot on. I was looking for something like this, but the products I found before obscured a clear view minijack. Had no idea the Toslink technology was really retrofitted to the minijack interface. I'm getting old and have lost touch.

    As for the D/A converter, considering my JVC pre-amp has Toslink in/output, despite being over 10 y/o, it seems sufficiently modern to drive the rest. I just might migrate that to the office and use it -- even if I have to use the analog inputs.

    You may have very well solved my problem with a <$60 solution. Saving me $$$ I can allocate toward soundproofing and speakers ;)

  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    I am glad I could help. Note that there are cheaper versions of that cable - that one just happens to be the most versatile. :)


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