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S/PDIF Optical Digital Audio Input: question
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May 4, 2014, 08:55 PM
 
I'm interested in knowing if the iMac 2007 Digital Audio port (S/PDIF Optical Digital Audio Input can accommodate a standard optical cable or if it needs the special one made for Macbook Pro, it has an extended longer thin end?
     
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May 5, 2014, 12:11 AM
 
According to MacTracker, the iMacs around that time have combo audio ports. Analog + optical, in the 3.5mm / 1/8" form. So it would take the laptop 3.5mm to standard port cable.
     
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May 5, 2014, 12:36 AM
 
Sure reader50 I understand that. My inquiry is seeking to know whether the optical port inside the 3.5 analog needs a specifically designed cable like the ones used for Macbook Pros?
     
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May 5, 2014, 12:58 AM
 
There is nothing "special" about those cables. You need an optical TOSLink adapter to plug into the 3.5mm mini jack.

The only Macs ever to come with dedicated larger S/PDIF sockets were the Mac Pros/PM G5, IIRC.
     
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May 12, 2014, 04:53 PM
 
MBP's do not use a 'special' optical cable. All you need is a TOSLINK mini plug.
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I MAY have mentioned one post and a week before yours.
     
   
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