Question Connect new iMac to my Yamaha DSP Z9

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    Hopefully this question is in the right section—I'll try to summarise quickly. I bought a new 2019 iMac. This was my previous set-up: 2015 iMac—headphone socket—optical/toslink—Yamaha DSP Z9 amp—B&W 705 speakers. It sounded great. Apple decided to stop digital output through the headphone socket in 2017. So, I have no sound if I try to use old set-up. Available outputs on my new iMac: headphone, 4x USB 3, 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), Gigabit Ethernet.

    What are my options to get the best sound possible? I presume reverting back to analogue and using a simple 3.5mm to 2-male RCA adapter cable would sound ok considering the amp and speakers? Thanks in advance for your help/suggestions.
     
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    Thanks for the quick reply. Excuse my ignorance as I'm not very technical:

    1. So this theroteically is a digital connection?
    2. What cable from the Behringer to my amp?
     
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    You'd connect one of the iMac's USB ports to the USB input on the Behringer. You can then either choose to use the inbuilt DAC onboard the Behringer to convert the digital signal to analogue and then connect the left and right analogue RCA outputs from the Behringer to RCA audio inputs on the AV receiver or yu can bypass the DAC feature and convey the signal as digital audio via the S/PDIF optical output on the Behringer to an optical input on the AV receiver. THe latter option would use the AV receiver's DAC as opposed to the DAC onboard the Behringer,
     
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    Awesome—thanks so much for your help.

    I'm just reading some reviews and some people are saying that although it's brilliant, to save cost they have gone for cheaper connectors. Is there a better version with a better build quality that still maintains the simplicity of this?
     
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    I'd suggest the Behringer UCA202 to be the best device of its kind for use with an Apple computer. It doesn't require any additional software or a driver. Other similar devices will more than likely require you use additional software in conjunction with your iMac.
     

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