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Griffin offers XPress Digital Audio Cable

Griffin Technology has announced the XPress Digital Audio Cable, a 9-foot cable for connecting an Airport Express to the digital input on a home stereo. The $19.99 digital optical cable has Toslink based connectors on both ends and comes with two Toslink-to-mini digital cable adaptors. The digital mini connectors are the same connectors that provide digital audio output on the Airport Express, as well as the new iMac G5 machines.

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Amazing, those Griffin people. They make the most shmantastic shwag.

Posted by wired on November 12, 2004 at 12:37 PM (CST)


Doesn’t help if your music system does not have Toslink.

I want to connect the my AirportExprees to the S/PDIF (otherwise known as Digital PCM otherwise Known as Digital Coax) input jack on my Bose unit. Problem is I cannot find a S/PDIF to Mini digital adapter. Radio Shack doesn’t carry it. Anyone know where I might get one. Do they exist?

My DVR and DVD have an S/PDIF output jack and they sound much better than the analog connection. At the moment I am manually switching the cable between them. I’d like to put all three, DVD-DVR-AE on a switch connected to the S/PDIF on my Bose, but can’t find a S/PDIF switch box. Everyone has TossLink switches. Anyone know where to get one of these or have another solution?

Posted by John Baughman on November 12, 2004 at 3:31 PM (CST)


This is a little pricey for what it does. Not quite Monster Cable rip-off prices, but getting up there. Have you tried Froogle for this sort of thing?

Posted by Demosthenes on November 12, 2004 at 3:59 PM (CST)


John B.  Check out the Pelican Accessories Universal System Selector Pro.  $100 gives you more jacks than you will ever need.

Posted by Galley on November 12, 2004 at 11:31 PM (CST)


These things have been around for ages - they were common on MiniDisk players - so try your local electronics/audio shop first. I picked up a 6-foot toslink-to-mini cable for $12 CDN. I think the 9-foot version was around $20.

Sitting next to it on the shelf was the “Apple Optimized” (read: white) 6-foot Monster version for $60.

If you’re in the US you can find these for even less online. Unfortunately, shipping to Canada more than doubled the price ($10 shipping on a $5 cable, no thanks).

John B. Without a switch like the one suggested by Galley, I think you’re out of luck. Toslink and digital mini both use the same optical signal. S/PDIF uses an electronic signal. The two aren’t easily translated in a simple cable.

Posted by Monk on November 15, 2004 at 9:23 AM (CST)


As far as a “digital switch” all you need is to be able to get a switch box, and switch the main “signal” lines (the middle line on the coax connection) between the output to the inputs.  Leave the ground (the outer connection) always connected on all three to the shielding on the ourput.

Like this:

G————————— Output

Sig———— Box——
Sig———— Box———-  Output
Sig———— Box——/


Posted by Ak on December 27, 2004 at 6:36 PM (CST)

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