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Connect new MacBook Pro to Majestic

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Category: Digital Audio
Forum Name: CD, DVD Audio, DACs, ADCs and Digitizing
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Topic: Connect new MacBook Pro to Majestic
Posted By: habitullence
Subject: Connect new MacBook Pro to Majestic
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 8:54pm
I'm trying to figure out the best way to connect USB-C to the Majestic. I also have a really expensive coaxial S/PDIF cable from GS that I've never used, would be nice if I could.

As always, advice much appreciated.



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Posted By: Drewan77
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 9:11pm
Something like this?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CableCreation-USB-C-USB-B-Printer-Scanner/dp/B012V563B6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1504296225&sr=8-3&keywords=usb+c+to+usb+b" rel="nofollow - https://www.amazon.co.uk/CableCreation-USB-C-USB-B-Printer-Scanner/dp/B012V563B6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1504296225&sr=8-3&keywords=usb+c+to+usb+b






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Posted By: habitullence
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 9:13pm
Thanks, something like that could work with my Bitzie.

With the Majestic I wanted to go with coaxial, if possible, for the better sound quality.


Posted By: habitullence
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 9:22pm
Is something like this  http://lnx.m2tech.biz/products/evo-two/hiface-evo-two/" rel="nofollow - http://lnx.m2tech.biz/products/evo-two/hiface-evo-two/ overkill?

Can be further combined with clock and power supply £££


Posted By: Drewan77
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 9:31pm
I have a 15" Macbook Pro with two USB ports & the headphone port can also be used for optical-out. I also use a small 12" Macbook Air with only a single USB-C port (using a USB C to 3 port USB-A adaptor into the Bitzie). Apple appears to have removed optical audio output support from the headphone jack on its latest 13" or smaller Macbooks. 

None of these ports would be compatible with coax as far as I am aware so you would need to use either the Majestic USB-B or optical input via the headphone port if your Macbook Pro has it.

Does anybody else know differently?


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Older than I once was, younger than I'll be
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Andrew


Posted By: habitullence
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 9:34pm
They removed optical on latest MacBook Pro unfortunately.

Then I read this  https://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html" rel="nofollow - https://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html . Maybe I don't need to get wrapped up with optical after all?


Posted By: Drewan77
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 9:37pm
I didn't see your last reply whilst I was posting but yes that device seems like it could do the trick, albeit adding a second cable as well as the M2Tech ahead of the coax cable you already have.

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Posted By: Aussie Mick
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 10:55pm
Hi Andrew,
    I use the smaller M2Tech HiFace 2 USB/COAX converter.

http://lnx.m2tech.biz/it/products/pens/hiface-two/" rel="nofollow - http://lnx.m2tech.biz/it/products/pens/hiface-two/

It's way cheaper and does an excellent job. I plug it into my MacBook Air, Lautus into that, straight into the Majestic.

Problem solved! There are cheaper versions from other companies, but my experience has been that they're poorly built in comparison to the M2Tech..

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Rega RP8/Ortofon 2M Black/Rega Apheta 2 - Reflex M/Elevator EXP - C.E.C. TL5 CD Transport - MacBook Pro/Roon - Majestic DAC - Solo ULDE (Focal Elear) - Proprius - PMC Twenty5.22


Posted By: Richardl60
Date Posted: 01 Sep 2017 at 11:08pm
Is there scope for Graham to build a simple but high quality stand alone DAC?

I have a small cheap dac with optical link in and RCA output to amp for my tv. I get good results but sure I could get better results with better engineering.

Bitsize doesn't appear to fit bill and no headphone needed.


Posted By: BackinBlack
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2017 at 3:02pm
Why not use a Raspberry Pi and Digi+ and MoOde software to feed SPDIF to your Majestic. you can then use Airplay or stream from any device connected to your network. Best of all worlds and ata fraction of the cost of the D to D device mentioned. SQ from the Pi and Digi+ is quite excellent.


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Posted By: ICL1P
Date Posted: 03 Sep 2017 at 12:47am
Originally posted by BackinBlack BackinBlack wrote:

Why not use a Raspberry Pi and Digi+ and MoOde software to feed SPDIF to your Majestic. you can then use Airplay or stream from any device connected to your network. Best of all worlds and ata fraction of the cost of the D to D device mentioned. SQ from the Pi and Digi+ is quite excellent.
+1

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Posted By: msphil
Date Posted: 05 Sep 2017 at 1:27pm
If you can get a Squeezebox Touch on eBay this is also excellent. This is especially true if you want to stream the music from your computer into a Majestic from the squeezebox. You get a fantastic sound if it is set up properly.

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