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Is Airport Express True Optical connection or Digital - Analog - Digital?
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Mac Write
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Jan 29, 2005, 04:23 AM
 
When I do my next Mac upgrade (G5 DP system 2006/7), I will upgrade my Mini Stereo (piece of garbage AWIA) and get a receiver and speakers. Instead of going Optical out from G5 to stereo and have all sounds go to my stereo (well I might do that as well), I am thinking Airport Express.

My question, is the 1/8-Optical convert to Analog then go Digital? or is the 1/8 adapter have a whole for the optical light go go right through, maintaining a full digital connection and therefore the best possible music quality (I use Apple Lossless exclusively)?

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Jan 29, 2005, 03:27 PM
 
Originally posted by Mac Write:
My question, is the 1/8-Optical convert to Analog then go Digital?
This would be unnecessarily expensive, as well as rather silly, so I'd think the signal *stays* digital.
     
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Jan 29, 2005, 07:56 PM
 
I'm fairly certain it stays ditigal (for the reason above). I've definitely owned devices that had both an analogue plug port w/ an optical port inside of it. They do make them...
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