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some macs hide their SPDIF support in the headphone output
« on: June 20, 2021, 02:28:29 PM »
this was a feature that was inherited from the PowerMac G5!! which featured an optical spdif output
according to the page above from 2006-2016 most imacs + "pro" mac devices had spdif support incorporated into the headphone output : but after 2016 they dropped the feature: "The 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros and the 2017 iMacs omit S/PDIF from their headphone jacks"

Use a Toslink cable with a Toslink miniplug adapter or a fiber-optic cable with a 3.5 mm plastic or nylon optical plug.

not sure which cable you are supposed to use to make this work?
maybe this:

i guess you just jam this connector into the 3.5mm port! so it only costs the cost of the cable and voila! stereo digital output!

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