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Surround sound out of mac to home theater?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Outkast27, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    I would like to combine my mbpr into my home stereo. One of the questions I have is, can I get 5.1 surround sound out of my mac? If so will it come out the 3.5/optical out? or the usb? If I get a usb dac will I need a 5.1 channel dac? same question for the 3.5mm/optical out.
  2. macrumors regular


    Yes, if you buy a USB sound card / DAC. Why would you do this if your home theater has an optical input? This route would cost a lot more and require a receiver with 6 analog inputs (lf, rf, ls, rs, lfe, center).
    I do this with an old DVD/SACD/DVD-A player from pre-HMDI days but almost no receivers made today will have these inputs.

    See above.

    See above.

    The big question is what inputs does your receiver have? Optical digital? Coax Digital? HDMI? 6-channel analog?
  3. macrumors 6502

    As of now my preamp only has rcas in. Im looking to upgrade it. Im also collecting this info so I know what to look for in a preamp as far as inputs.
  4. macrumors regular

    If you just want audio, just use optical through the headphone/digital-out jack on the rMBP. I'm listening right now that way.

    If you want video also, use HDMI with a TB->HDMI adapter on the rMBP.

    Any new AV receiver should have both of these inputs.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Im going to try that when I decide what preamp to upgrade to. How does it sound to you? What is your stereo setup? Just curious.

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