5.1 sound

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Wardofsky, Nov 19, 2002.

  1. Wardofsky macrumors 65816

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    OK, here's the deal.

    Let's say I have a set of Logitech Z-680 5.1 speakers, they have optical and coaxial digital input, I have an old, run of the mill, Sage 450Mhz iMac, I say hmmm, the iMac does not have a coaxial or an optical output.

    So I search around and find the Edirol UA-1D USB Digital Audio Capture (http://www.edirol.com/products/info/ua1d.html), this little beauty has digital optical and coaxial out as well as in.

    So having the Edirol gadget and the Logitech Z-680s I hook it up to my iMac, BUT having only the OS X 10.2.2 DVD player.

    Now tell me, will this export 5.1 sound or digital DTS stuff or have I wasted my time.

    Any answers, suggestions, hate mail is welcome.
     
  2. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Nope, the Apple DVD Player doesn't do 5.1 sound.. I remember the Sonica 5.1 converter came with it's own DVD Player... did your converter come with anything? If not... maybe you're gonna have to ask someone who has a Sonica to give you the app or something...



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  3. dricci macrumors 6502a

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  4. TyleRomeo macrumors 6502a

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    actually isnt m-audio coming out with a 7.1 soundcard that has dolby digital decoding built in. I think i saw it on some other post.

    tyler
     
  5. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, it's called the Sonica Theater. (Little more info here)




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  6. Wardofsky thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks

    Thanks to all of the above, I think I'll look into the sonic thingy.
     
  7. kiwi_the_iwik macrumors 65816

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    Sorry to be a killjoy -

    But wouldn't it be easier just to buy a dedicated DVD player with built-in Dolby Digital 5.1 for around £100?

    It'll also save wear-and-tear on your precious iMac...

    :)
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    M-Audio Sonica does come with a Mac OS X version of an open source DVD player that does Dolby Digital 5.1 and the device has an optical S/PDIF output in addition to the miniplug analog output. It is awesome and a performance boost as the onboard audio is extremely slow in comparison.

    kiwi: I don't know about your television, but mine makes me want to play all my DVDs on my Mac now.
     

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