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Author Topic: Cheap card i/o or converter to connect to mac optical spdif  (Read 2948 times)

brett

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Cheap card i/o or converter to connect to mac optical spdif
« on: January 30, 2011, 08:44:59 pm »

need a temp I/o for my mac pro. just sold my apogee symphony rosetta setup and I am using the internal card for a month or two and need a temp solution that doesn't make my ears bleed.

Are there any old tech converters like Lucid or older rosetta 48k, where those 24bit? or something I can buy for a couple of hundred bucks used that would be a decent temp solution? Open to a card or an external rack unit that can connect to the system optical spdif. doesn't not have to be HD. just 24/44 and sound good. 

what about kurzweil rumour, finalizer or finalizer express, DBX Quantum. Would any of those work and be an upgrade to the built in mac sound card?
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davesanridge

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Re: Cheap card i/o or converter to connect to mac optical spdif
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 12:28:10 am »

Why temporary?

Have a look at the new mboxes: http://www.avid.com/us/products/Pro-Tools-Mbox-Mini

They're pretty awesome. I'm looking to get one myself.

jaykadis

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Re: Cheap card i/o or converter to connect to mac optical spdif
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 12:05:11 pm »

I have had issues with the mini-TOS-Link optical S/PDIF on my Macbook Pro.  It works OK with a Tascam CD burner but won't drive my Apogee Mini-Dac.  Seems like the light intensity is just a little too low for some optical receivers.  Opposite direction might not be an issue, though.
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