5.1 on a mac? I'm a bit confused!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Hdunlopclark, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Hdunlopclark macrumors member

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    Hey everyone,

    I have looked at all of the current threads but they are quite old and the new ones are un-answered. I just want to confirm before i spend the money. I have an aluminum iMac the 2.0 version and i am planning to buy the logitech X-530 5.1 speakers. I want all speakers to give out sound. I understand it won't work automatically with the iMac so i will need to get the Griffin FireWave or something similar. Once this is all connected this will work, won't it??? Also could instead get 2 headphone Y cables and plug one in to the iMac and the one that is already pluged in to the iMac plug the second one in to so there is 3 available ports, then just plug all the cables from the speakers in the the available 3.5mm jacks. Would that just play the same noise out of each speaker because i don't mind doing that that way.

    Thanks very much

    Harry
     
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  3. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Your second idea definitely won't work. There's only one line out on an iMac and you've apparently already got a Y-adapter in it, so at best you could have stereo coming out of the fronts and rears.

    For actual surround sound, however, you will need the FireWave. End of story.
     

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