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How do I use my Macbook Pro with HM-801 Coaxial DAC?

post #1 of 5
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I have a 2008 Macbook Pro (Penryn I believe).  I have an optical line output via the headphone jack apparently.  I now realize that this is an OPTICAL line out so I need a mini-toslink adapter with toslink cable:

 

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1596

 

Okay....but the Hifiman input is coaxial so do I really need:

 

MBP->mini-Toslink adapter->Toslink cable->Toslink to Coaxial converter -> HM-801?

 

OR could I use something like this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Monster-ILS100TM-1M-Toslink-Digital-Audio-Interconnect/dp/B00003CWA9

 

So I would have:

 

MBP->mini-Toslink adapter->the cable above->HM-801?

 

I stupidly just bought a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable which the HM-801 recognizes (I get Coax DAC picture) but no sound.

 

Any ideas?

 

(I am totally unfamiliar with Toslink)

 

After some googling it seems that I might need a Toslink-to-Digital Coaxial converter box to make it work with the Hifiman since the HM-801 is not optical in (coaxial in only)?  This is really making the chain painful.


Edited by Trogdor - 7/5/10 at 1:45pm
post #2 of 5

Yeah the hifiman is coaxial or usb in only.

 

Have you thought about using a usb to spdif converter instead of using the optical out?

 

I was using the usb from my iMac into my HM-801 but wasn't overly impressed with it, so bought the little M2Tech hiface converter so i could using the coax in instead and be able to play 24/96 straight from the iMac.

 

My setup is now iMac -> hiface -> custom rca to mini coax cable -> HM-801 coax in

 

You don't even need a custom cable as you could just use a std Rca to Rca spdif cable and attach the little adaptor that comes with the player.


Edited by lisnalee - 7/5/10 at 2:10pm
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thats what I figured.  I suppose I could get a Toslink to Digital converter and that *should* work.  Ew vay.  I might pick up the Hiface anyway since I need it for the JH-3A setup come end of Summer/early Fall.

post #4 of 5

I too would get a converter and feed the HM-8801 via the coaxial input.

post #5 of 5
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Bought a M2Tech HiFace.

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