Thunderbolt/USB to Toslink

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DenBeke, May 6, 2016.

  1. DenBeke macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a Thunderbolt dock, but don't find a lot of them with optical audio output.
    So I was thinking of buying a cheaper regular dock, and using some sort of thunderbolt to optical audio adapter. Does such a thing exists? Does it give decent quality?
     
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  3. crewkid89 macrumors regular

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    Don't all macs have a toslink in the headphone port? I know my iMac does. You just have to get a mini toslink to toslink cable. What model Mac do you have?
     
  4. DenBeke thread starter macrumors regular

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    All Macs have indeed optical audio, but I'd like to have a cheap solution for a thunderbolt docking station with dvi/hdmi, ethernet and optical audio.
    I thought I could buy a cheaper dock, and put some toslink adapter on it...
     
  5. Kaspin macrumors member

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    There are USB DACs with optical out that shouldn't be too expensive
     
  6. DenBeke thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!
    Maybe I should just invest in an overpriced thunderbolt dock with optical audio... That'll be the easiest solution.
     
  7. crewkid89 macrumors regular

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    Do any of the thunderbolt docks actually have optical audio builtin? I haven't seen any yet. Even if there is one, you're really limiting your purchasing choices for just one extra cable you'd have to plug in when you get home. You can just leave that one next to your dock.
     
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