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The NUC6CAYH has TOSLink, but only supports HDMI 2.0 (so no HDR). Similarly, the NUC6i7KYK has TOSLINK, but only supports HDMI 2.0. If you want both HDMI 2.0a and TOSLink, you will have to look at the new (just arriving) NUCs. Your Mainstream choice is the NUC7CJYH (yes, again, only a Celeron). Your Extreme choices are the new NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK.
Scott thank you for your valuable answer!
The NUC7CJYH looks perfect!
Its a pity that there are so many different models but no help to differentiate them.
Here if found a spec sheet: https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/mini-pcs/nuc-kits/NUC7xJY_TechProdSpec.pdf
Hi, I just joined these forums since I too am looking for a NUC that supports TOSLINK (S/PDIF optical audio out).
In my case, however, I am looking for a 7th generation or 8th generation processor (in the NUC), which eliminates the NUC6i ones. Ideally I would like one that uses the Core i5. Originally HDMI 2.0a was not a criterion, but perhaps it should be?
What can you recommend, other than NUC7CJYH? I found this blog post about 2018 NUC models: so does that mean it is best to wait for the Bean Canyon models in the second half of 2018? How about Hades Canyon (am I correct in presuming that HDMI 2.0a can be filled in with a discrete graphics component)?
The other option is to forego TOSLINK directly on the NUC, and extract the signal using an HDMI to HDMI+TOSLINK extractor. The destination speakers are only 2.1 and accept PCM 24-bit/48kHz maximum, so TOSLINK should provide fine performance. It looks like prices for such extractors range from $20-40. However, I am concerned that adding an extractor to the signal path could introduce additional delays in the signal.
I did not see NUC7PJYH. Looks good, thank you.
That being said, it would be nice to get something with a better processor. I have been out of the loop with Intel's marketing of its desktop processors, but it looks like performance-wise, it goes (along with NUCs:
Atom - None
Celeron - NUC7CJYH
Pentium Silver - NUC7PJYH
Pentium Gold - ?
Core i3 - ?
Core i5 - ?
Core i7 - (7th gen? - none?) - 8th gen: NUC8i7HVK and NUC8i7HNK
Core i9 - N/A: not in NUC
I think I am aiming for Core i5 ideally, but more in the range of Pentium Gold through Core i5.