5.1 to MBP Unibody

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by the advisor, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. the advisor macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Long Island
    I am trying to connect an analog 5.1 logitech speaker setup to my unibody MBP to produce the highest sound quality. Currently I just have the green plug of the three component cables plugged into the notebook. The quality is OK and in stereo. I know that the unibody supports optical sound, so I wanted to know if there was a 3-to-1 converter I could purchase to make use of the other sound channels? Is it perhaps worth it for me to just upgrade to a high end 2.1 speaker setup?

    All help is appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  2. harry454 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    get a express 34 5.1 sound card, that works wicked as well.
  3. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    All Macs support sound encoded in 5.1 only - i.e. you don't actually have any control over how the 5.1 is presented, because all it's doing is passing through the encoded Dolby data on a DVD for example to optical.

    Therefore, you need a Dolby decoder to actually get 5.1 from your Mac, and as I said it'll only happen with 5.1 encoded material.

    Your cheapest likely option is to Craigslist a home theater receiver / speaker system with optical input. The Logitech Z-5500 is a 'computery' way of doing it and it'll do simulated surround from stereo (i.e. as explained before, everything on your Mac which isn't encoded as 5.1) as well, but it's comparatively expensive for most.
  4. macleod199 macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2007
    I use a Griffin Firewave to attach 5.1 analog speakers to my 2006 MBP:


    It's unfortunately discontinued, but you may be able to find one. It plugs into firewire (does the new MBP still have a firewire port? I forget), which may also be a problem.

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