S/P-DIF - What can I use this for?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jkaz, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. jkaz macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2004
    Upper Mid West
    To the best of my recollection, I cannot recall anyone using or even discussing the S/P-DIF port on MBP's.

    What I am hoping I can use it for: plugging my MBP directly into my home theatre system with the intention of editing 5.1 audio from STP.

    Anyone have ideas about this port?

  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    It's more commonly referred to around here as an optical port. It will deliver digital audio to your receiver provided:

    1. Your content has digital audio encoded in it (up to 7.1 Dolby Digital AC3 or DTS)
    2. Your receiver has an optical input and has the firmware to decode the above)
    3. You have the right software for playback of your content (Plex is the best)
    Meet these criteria and you're golden.
  3. rhyx macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    It works fine so long as your receiver has an optical input.

    You will want a mini-TOSLink to TOSLink cable.

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