5.1 External Sound Card on iMac

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Reykor, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hey there. I was thinking about purchasing an external 5.1 Sound Card to plug into my iMac since I have a 5.1 set of speakers. I found an affordable and nice one called "Sound Blaster X-Fi" by Creative but I've seen on various forums that it has no Mac OS support. If anyone knows a way to have it working on my iMac I would really appreciate it. If not, Can you tell me any other affordable Mac compatible 5.1 external sound cards?
    Thanks in advance,
    Regards,
    Rui
     
  2. macrumors G4

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    The simplest way that will work in all cases is to connect an optical s/pdif cable from the Mac's audio output to anything that can decode the signal. A smaller size A/V receiver would work well. Then connect speakers t the av receiver. This method "just works" and AV recievers are now way-cheap.

    The 1/8th inch jack on the mac is actually a dual stereo/optical out.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    jbyun04

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    Not sure if it's the same on iMacs but in my MacBook Pro I just plug in the front channel plug into my headphone jack and I get full 5.1.
    I don't think you need a soundcard.
     

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