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kevinm1   
You can just use an optical cable - Mac headphone socket has digital out; just get correct adapters and you can get started. External DACs may have sonic advantages.

 

Thanks. And that length is ok for an optical cable?

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Come   

Hi,

 

IMHO, I would go for the USB way if your DAC offers a B-mode USB asynchronous input (most of recent models). This way, the clock signal will be provided by the DAC instead of the Mac. The cable length will be a minor constraint since the clock is controlled by the end point (DAC).

 

If your DAC isn't async, you should be able to find some adaptors (ex: M2tech USB Hiface).

 

TOSlink is known to be somewhat jittery but could be your second choice (it's not that bad).

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Paul R   
Hi,

 

IMHO, I would go for the USB way if your DAC offers a B-mode USB asynchronous input (most of recent models). This way, the clock signal will be provided by the DAC instead of the Mac. The cable length will be a minor constraint since the clock is controlled by the end point (DAC).

 

If your DAC isn't async, you should be able to find some adaptors (ex: M2tech USB Hiface).

 

TOSlink is known to be somewhat jittery but could be your second choice (it's not that bad).

 

All true, but 36 feet (10 yards) is a very long distance for USB and probably won't work well. Nothing at all for TOSLink to handle though. ;)

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Paul R   
Thanks again. I will be connecting to a Peachtree 125SE...

 

Someone told me that one can get "powered" USB cables.... Is that worth looking at?

 

Not in my opinion, unless you plan to move the gear closer to each other.

-Paul

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baddog   

Well, I have not tried this cable, it is a USB cable, but if your DAC requires power then you would need to add a hub on the end nearest the DAC. It is made by Corning.

 

 

It is sold in a 33 foot length (11 yards) and a 100 foot length. And it is over a $100, and it has been much discussed on this forum, and I haven't tried it. Where as the TOSLINK cable that someone linked to is about $5.50.

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