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Fixing an Optical Input Jack

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So the optical in on my north star broke. The little plastic piece that swings up when you plug in the optical cable snapped off at the NYC Meet and I can't find it. So now when I plug in an optical cable, there's a lot of play in the jack. It works, but the cable can come loose very easily. What a stupid design.

Has anyone had this problem before? Any suggestions how to fix it?

In the alternative, if I decide to use the Coax input on the north star, I'd need something like the M-Audio transit to convert the optical out from my iMac, correct?

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Probably the easiest way would be to open the DAC up and replace the module. It should only be something like 3-5 connections, board mounted. I dont know what part Northstar uses, but it likely is fairly easy to find.

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Dinny,

Since it's an MKII it might still be under warranty, I'd pursue that first before fixing it yourself.

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Jacob, did you fix your jack?

Also, as an alternative to using the optical jack, I suppose I could use the coax, but would need to get an optical-to-coax converter. Are those things bad for SQ?

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