Couple of Quick Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Boe11, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

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    Thinking of possibly getting the next generation iMac. Had a couple of questions.

    1. With the (assumed) inclusion of Tbolt, will the current generation cinema displays work with future thunderbolt peripheral daisy chaining? I realize they use the same physical connection but I'm wondering if a mini displayport cinema display will work in the future if I end up getting some Tbolt mass storage and want to chain them together. (just to be clear I'm talking about a cinema display in addition to the iMac screen)

    2. I have some wonderful logitech 5500 surround sound speakers that I'd love to hook up to an iMac. With the lack of optical and more than 1 audio input, are there any other options for surround sound speakers and an iMac? Just software emulation through a usb sound card?

    Thanks for your time.
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    2. What do you mean "lack of optical"?
    http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html
     
  3. Boe11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the reply. I guess I'm used to using the SPDIF port that my speakers support.

    Will this iMac port allow me to support surround sound?
     
  4. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know.

    According to this old thread it should, at least to a receiver (and maybe not to a set of stand alone speakers), but I've never actually tried it, I'm afraid... :)
     
  5. Boe11 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you sir. Based on that thread and some more digging, it looks like surround sound should work with a simple adapter cable.

    Quick bump to see if anyone knows whether or not current cinema displays will work in future thunderbolt daisy chains.
     

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