Optical cable for stereo connection

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by the horse, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. the horse macrumors newbie

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    Being my first post as a member i'd like to say hi to everyone. Anyway down to business. I have a new MBP and would like to know 1) If it is worth upgrading my current analogue cable running to my sony CMT-CP500MD stereo to the digital option, is the sound quality noticeably better? 2) there is quite a large distance between my stereo and where my laptop general is, about 7m, where can i find a cable that has the proper connections and is about this long? The optical connection in my stereo is a toslink. On ebay there is a 10m option but only with duel toslink ends. thanks guys
     
  2. zaney macrumors regular

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    To be honest, the only advantage I can see to an optical link is 5.1 sound. Good for movies/games, but pretty much irrelevant for music.
    Unless you're an audiophile and have very good ears and a VERY good speaker system, you probably won't hear the difference.

    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though, anyone.
     
  3. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    They make an adapter for the toslink cable, looks like this and just snaps on one end so you can use it in your MBP.

    I think it is worth it for the little differences in 5.1, like a certain sound coming from only the back left speaker...personal preference really.
     

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