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    Does anyone know if there are any head units with Optical/TOSLINK inputs on the market? I checked around, and it seems that without a dolby reciever, I'm screwed, but I wanted to run it by you guys anyways.

  • #2
    Considering that most uses for TOS/Link happen to involve a Dolby AC-3 signal, I don't forsee any makers giving you that option.

    Truthfully, the only place I've seen any kind of amplifier with digital-in without surround sound is in professional sound recording gear.

    Are you doing this to try to avoid Alternator/ground loop noise? If that's the case, run your TOS/Link near your head unit and go out to somewhere like Guitar Center and buy a mini-D/AC to go from TOS/Link to Analog. Keep in mind that you'll only be able to decode PCM optical-digital.


    • #3
      thanks CrazyLittle. I've got my eyes on a USB to Analog sound device, it also included the TOSLINK connection, but it seems that is not meant to be so I will just use the shortest length of analog cable I can to a normal aux input.

      Thanks for the input!


      • #4
        If you have the $$$$$$$$$ ALPINE has a trunk mounted / headunit controled EQ/x-over/delay/sound processor that has TOSLINK and analog inputs, I think it's the PRA-900
        If you come out talking sh1t don't try to turn around and wipe you azz.


        • #5
          I think Eclipse has one too...It's big $$$ like the Alpine (sorry, don't remember the name or model number off the top of my head)


          1999 Chevy Silverado LS
          Eclipse CD5441
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          • #6
            The Sony CDX-C910 and C90 both have toslink inputs. Also, I run a Sony XES-P1 and it has multiple toslink inputs/outputs.

            Your best/cheapest bet though is to run a Sony HU with DSP support and pickup a Sony XDP-210EQ off of ebay. They go for as little as $75 and give you a heck of an EQ as well as Toslink inputs.

            I just sold my Xitel DG2 on ebay which is the USB->toslink soundcard. I'm running the Sony XA-300 now that is USB->unilink connector and it works pretty well.

            2001 Ranger XLT Off Road
            Sony CDX-C910, Sony CDX-U303
            Sony XA-300 USB->unilink adapter
            In dash 5.8" LCD
            Infinity Beta 3 way component set
            4 - OZ Audio 250L 10" subs
            2 Sony XES-M1's, Sony XES-M3
            Esoteric Audio wiring
            Toshiba 7020CT laptop with DVD docking station.


            • #7
              Actually I have a 210EQ and the optical input wont work by its self, I think it gets a signal from the HU or Changer telling the 210EQ there is a source with optical output. I am using the Alpine 3900 external DAC (it was part of the old digital MAX stuff).


              • #8
                I know this post is dead but I would like to add a couple of automotive head units with optical output and input for people doing quick Google searches.

                JVC AVX-720 toslink out PCM stereo only
                JVC AVX-820 toslink out PCM stereo only
                Eclipse JDM CDT versions example cdt-400 have a digital coaxial input and output
                I believe the Rockford 8240 and 8250 denon based units had digital coaxial inputs along with the Denon DCT models example Z1? I would have to double check that

                If you donít care about the head unit and just need a volume control then the Audison Bit One also has digital input and has countless tuning options. The DRC controller has a volume knob with 4 presets for tunes and basic control including sub volume.