5.1 Audio from a MBP

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  1. poppe macrumors 68020

    poppe

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    Hello,
    I would like some help on how to get a MBP to go to my stereo system that is 5.1 and acctually be 5.1. I saw things $100 device to buy that did what I'm asking, but seriously $100 for 5.1... I asked a Apple store clerk and he explained that I need an audio out cord that goes a little deeper into the MBP than the regular audio out cords.

    Could someone help me with some advice?

    My stereo has red/white/yellow in and audio in slots. Thanks
     
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  3. strydr macrumors 6502

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    Well, if you had a optical in option on your stereo, that would be the best way. If not , get a minijack to standard RCA cable, and that should work.
    Personally, I use a M-Audio Firewire breakout box, but it's a bit overkill.
    With the minijack plug, you might only get 2.0 stereo, but your stereo might resample it to 5.1.
     
  4. poppe thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Gonna go look it if has optical in. Pretty sure. what is M-Audio firewire break out box?

    See I need true 5.1 because I'm a film student, and I'd like to specifically set which sound goes where.
     
  5. poppe thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Sorry for double post:

    Anyways, Crap... all I have is Auxillary... Would that even work? I'm thinking no... This thing is about 7 years old now... I just dont want to go buy a 5.1 system when I have so much to buy for my dorm...
     
  6. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Stereo signals can't be resampled to reconstitute a 5.1 output.
    The 5.1 output from the MBP is optical only. If your '5.1 system' hasn't got an optical DTS in, then you're stuffed. Time to buy either a receiver with a 5.1 capable optical digital input or a 5.1 speaker setup (this is a decent cheap system).
     
  7. poppe thread starter macrumors 68020

    poppe

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    Oh damn...

    that is real nice. I'll have to keep it in mind, but still pricey I suppose. Or I could wait and not get a Extra Monitor....
     
  8. strydr macrumors 6502

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    In my pseudo studio, this is what I use.
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FireWire410-main.html

    It gives me firewire output to 8 channel sound. Currently, I only have 2 speakers, but someday I plan on adding the other 3.1
     

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