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Mar 13, 2006, 04:26 AM
Hi. I was wondering if my imac G5 (pre-isight) is able to produce 5.1 channel surround sound by plugging a 5.1 speaker set into the back of my machine? Thnkas in advance

Mar 13, 2006, 03:48 PM

What speakers do you have? They can connect via the optical digital out port

Have a great day:)

Mar 13, 2006, 08:29 PM
While in the subject of 5.1 systems and iMac, let me ask you a question: is it possible to configure the speaker settings from the mac when using optical out?

My room is currently set up so that the 5.1 system focuses around the tv (of course) and my PC (and iMac) are opposite of the tv, so the rear speakers of the 5.1 system are front speakers of the computers and vice versa. Currently I'm using two analog cables that are connected "across" so everything is cool with zero software hassle. The iMac only has one output for speakers so this is not an option.

So, can I use optical line out and configure which speaker is where or do I just have to use the headphone out to get the rear speakers working?

Mar 13, 2006, 11:39 PM
~JB~ Do you know from experience that your imac can drive 5.1 surround sound and have ALL the speakers working? If someone has s etup with their imac and surround sound please let me know that this actualyl woks before I buy 5.1 speakers. Thanks!

Mar 14, 2006, 12:00 AM
I play DVD's with my PM G5 via the optical out in the back to a reciever, sounds great! Yet I havent heard DD surround from a standalone DVD player, so I wouldnt know.