Why doesn't it work when I plug my MacBook into my stereo receiver?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mr.jerffrey, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. mr.jerffrey macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007
    I thought for sure if I used the phones jack out of the Macbook Pro I could plug it into the phones jack in my stereo receiver, but it doesn't work. I bought the proper adaptor, I think it's mini to 1/8" stereo --- but it's not transmitting. This should work, shouldn't it?
  2. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    The headphone connector on the front of receivers and amps is an output for headphones.

    You most likely need a mini jack to RCA cable, and need to connect the RCA end to one of the inputs on the back of your stereo receiver.
  3. mr.jerffrey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2007
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Why would you go analog?
    I would use optical mini-TOSLink (on MBP end) cable, if your receiver has a digital input, that is.
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Good call.

    A simple rule of thumb for the OP: if the port on a piece of electronic equipment is an output, it most likely can't be used as an input.
  6. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    But bear in mind the 13" MBP has a single port that is configurable...just to catch you out :)

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