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How can I get SPDIF or TOSLINK digital sound from an older Macbook?

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by MikeHunt79, 8 Jun 2010.

  1. MikeHunt79


    Joined: 4 Jan 2004

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    I've recently bought one of the older Macbooks which only has analogue out for the sound.

    No digital, which is a bit of a pain as I was hoping to hook it up to a DAC.

    Is there anyway of getting digital sound out? I was thinking about buying some sort of USB soundcard, but I guess it wouuld have to be compatible with OSX.

    Are there any that exist or will I have to start saving for a macbook pro?
  2. Spyhop


    Joined: 16 May 2005

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    Which MacBook is that, a 32bit Core Duo one? I thought they all had combined headphone/optical out.
  3. MichaelHo

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    Joined: 19 Jan 2006

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    The headphone socket is a optical out too, you will need a 3.5mm jack to toslink cable (cheap on the bay). I use this to connect the macbook to my AV amp and it runs surround sound perfectly.

    This is with the original CoreDuo Macbook.