Optical-In Thunderbolt Adaptor???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TAil, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. TAil macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2012

    I have just ordered my first Mac (MacBook Pro With Retina Display), Im very happy to have finally made the switch from a Windows Laptop.

    This is my first post in the forums so apologies if i've posted in the wrong place.

    Does anyone know if its possible to get a 'Optical-In to Thunderbolt' adaptor?

    Unlike the old MacBook Pro the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display has dropped the Optical Input and only offers Optical Output.

    I have some Mini Disc's which i would like to record onto my MacBook using an Optical Cable so was wondering if there was some kind of adaptor out there that doesnt cost a fortune?

  2. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    When you say optical, do you mean TOSLink or are you talking about a normal microphone cord? Does it look like a headphone jack or a red light?

    If the one that's metal, and looks the same as a headphone plug, then you're in luck! The headphone jack on the new MacBook Pro is actually a headset jack, similar to the iPhone one. Adapters that separate the headphone output and microphone input are about $5 online.
  3. TAil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2012

    Thanks for your reply.

    Im after a TOSLink (SPDIF/Optical/Red Light) to Thunderbolt adaptor, so i can record an Optical Signal from my Mini Disc Player into my Macbook Pro (Retina), the old MacBook Pro had a Optical Input but has been dropped on the newer model.

    Any ideas?

  4. Mosco macrumors regular

    May 26, 2002
    Any reason why wouldn't use a USB device to do this?
  5. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    Ok. I thought the old ones only had TOSLink output, that's why I wasn't sure if you were talking about that or normal audio. In that case, it may be easier to just get a TOSLink to 3.5mm converter. Unless you need the extra audio quality, then I guess you'll have to settle for a USB adapter or wait for a Thunderbolt solution.
  6. Menge macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2008
  7. TAil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2012
    If there is an Optical In to USB Adaptor then that would be fine, my Mini Disc player has Optical Out & 3.5mm Analogue Out.

    There are no Audio Inputs on the New Macbook Pro (Retina) only outputs.



    There are no Audio inputs on the MacBook Pro (Retina) (not including the microphone input in the headphone jack), My Mini Disc Player has Optical Out & 3.5mm Analogue Out.

    I'll keep an eye out for a USB or Thunderbolt solution.

    Thanks again :)
  8. mackmgg macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    If there's a 3.5mm analogue out option, that makes it a lot easier! You just need something like this which splits the combined audio in/out port into a separate in and out. That way you can just plug the analogue output from your mini disc player into the adapter.

    I'm sure cheaper ones exist, but that was the first result on Amazon.

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