5.1 on IMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by emax303, May 18, 2007.

  1. emax303 macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2007
    hi all, i'm trying to get surround sound out of an Imac using the Apple DVD Player but with little success.
    i've got a Mackie Onyx firewire audio interface (8 ins and 8 outs) and all the relevant speakers hooked up to the outputs.
    I've also adjusted the outputs in the Audio Midi Setup and selected 5.1 playback in the DVD.
    I now tend to believe that the Apple DVD Player pipes out the audio just in stereo.
    Does anybody know if there is a software, such as VLC for example, that would allow me to play back DVD's in surround through the output of my sound card?
    thank you kindly for your help
  2. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    VLC will allow for multichannel output. DVD Player only outputs 2channel and SPDIF.

    Check out the link in my signature for more info.
  3. autechre macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2007
    So, unless I missed something, you can't just use a mini to toslink setup for 5.1 surround?:confused:
  4. jesteraver macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    Thats what I did. You have too check it to a A/V Receiver though. Thing is you can only control the sound from the receiver after.
  5. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    You should really read what the original posted said.

  6. speakerwizard macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2006
  7. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    The original poster already has an interface, the question was weather DVD Player would decode AC3 or not. As I stated above, DVD Player will only output stereo or SPDIF, nothing else.

    Doesn't anyone read the posts anymore?:confused:

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