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#265870 - 2017-07-12 21:09 DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF
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Hi there!

Can anyone tell me is it possible to connect my Macbook pro Retina late 2013 to DSP33 by cable jack3.5 - RCA. Macbook has digital mini-toslink 3.5 port I guess.


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#265877 - 2017-07-13 00:24 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: ZLodei]
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The two basic optical-to-SPDIF coaxial converters I have purchased went belly up or performed horribly by dropping the signal frequently. So I wouldn't suggest those at all.

This, however, is more than you need, but has performed flawlessly for me in the same application you want:

Monoprice converter

You will still need a mini-toslink to standard toslink cable.

cable like this


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#265879 - 2017-07-13 06:41 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: ZLodei]
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I'd go for a USB to SPDIF (coax) convertor, native support on Mac, powered by USB too.

These are available from about $10 on eBay; choose to suit your budget etc.

In fact, I'd probably put the convertor at the master 'speaker end, or even in the 'speaker...

All the best,

Steve


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#265886 - 2017-07-13 12:02 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: Syles]
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If you'd like to spend a little more money, you could convert the SPDIF signal from your MBP's optical connection to the speakers' coax with an iFIAudio iPurifier.

It comes with a very quiet power supply, and sounds better to me than Apple's 3.5mm port without it.


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#265888 - 2017-07-13 12:12 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: ZLodei]
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I've used both the M-Audio CO2 and CO3 in a number of applications and it works great on the Mac. I've had poor luck with others. They are no longer made and only available in the used market (e.g. eBay)

I like the option of using optical output on the Mac and have had no audio quality issues using it. And I also have USB to SPDIF converters as well.

Keep in mind though if you do upgrade your Mac in the future you loose BOTH the optical and the USB. Which is part of the reason I have not upgraded. However converters to USB are plentiful.


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#265981 - 2017-07-15 21:30 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: ZLodei]
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While you can with an optical to SPDIF adaptor, I'd honestly try and get hold of an old M processor like a 561. The DSP33's don't have a remote control, so the 561 will act as controller and deal with things like volume changes for you, unless you'd prefer to do that via a USB-RS232 adaptor and some old windows software via crossover?

Also, the 561 has an optical input, so it's acting as the optical to SPDIF convertor too.

BTW, I'm doing much the same with the output from a PC to a 568 and 3 DSP33's.


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#267122 - 2017-08-22 22:19 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: Fiddler]
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Hello!

Thanks for your advice.

Finally, I bought M-Audio CO2, but there is issue now with connecting Macbook to CO2.
Mac OS says the selected device has no output controls. No sound frown

I use cheap toslink 1m cable with 3.5mm mini plug adapter.


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#267123 - 2017-08-22 23:02 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: ZLodei]
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How can I control volume setting for DSP33?
RS-232?


Control:10, 551 with 515 MC, Argent A1
Control:15, DSP33
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#267125 - 2017-08-22 23:37 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: ZLodei]
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This DSP33 Volume control without a Pre/Pro is worth a read, it covers all the options.

Regards,
Carl


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#267126 - 2017-08-23 01:35 Re: DSP33 and Macbook pro SPDIF [Re: ZLodei]
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Originally Posted By ZLodei
How can I control volume setting for DSP33?
RS-232?
David’s reply above was a good one.

But you have several choices:

Windows with RS232 and remote emulator.
Find a Meridian 512 (and proper cables or make them)
Find a Meridian G12 (and proper cables or make them)

I only have direct experience with the 512. I’m assuming the other 2 choices would also work.

This is another reason DSP33s are a PITA.



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