5.1 Sound Card for iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by richardsim7, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. richardsim7 macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2007
    Hey guys,

    I'm thinking of buying an iMac (don't worry, I don't need convincing)
    However I would like to have 5.1 sound to accompany my Logitech Z-5500's

    I saw this thread:

    However it looks like the product is no longer avaliable on the market, does anyone know of a better/similar thing I could get?? :)

  2. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Couldn't you use the SPDIF jack on the iMac to connect with the Logitechs? I'm not an audio pro
  3. OldSkoolNJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2006
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    What's the problem? Your 5500 has an optical input and your iMac will have an optical output. Nothing else is needed (save for the right cable).
  5. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Wow, I cannot believe I was right (my post was purely a guess) ;) So the OP definitely has a solution
  6. richardsim7 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2007
    Seriously?! :|

    I had no idea the iMac had 5.1 built in, awesome!! :D

    So if I got an optical cable and stuck one of these on the end:

    it would work?? Cool :)

    However, I would be using the optical input of the Z-5500's for my PS3, is there some way I can get it from the optical jack to a digital coaxial??

  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    It doesn't. It has digital optical out to your amp/receiver. It simply passes through whatever your media has encoded. If it's stereo, then you get stereo. If it's Dolby Digital, than that's what it sends out. Same for DTS, DPLII, etc. If you had content that was 7.1 or 9.1, it could pass that out, too. That's the beauty of digital optical (or coaxial) - it's agnostic.
  8. richardsim7 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2007
    Sorry, I got my words mixed up, I know full well it doesn't have 5.1 IN the mac itself, but the fact it has optical out has made me very happy :D
    As far as I'm aware the Z-5500's have digital decoding.

    It looks like TosLink to Coaxial could be a bit of a mission, so I might end up getting a little 3 way switch for optical cables to switch from the iMac to the PS3 :)

  9. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    M-Audio makes a nice bi-directional coax-to-toslink box, about $50 at Amazon:


    Switches, splitters, and one-directional toslink/coax converters are cheap:



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