Digital Audio Out Port (early 08 MBP)--Will it work with 5.1?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Artagnan, May 19, 2009.

  1. Artagnan macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    Hey everyone,

    I have a 17" early 2008 MBP (the last non-unibody one) and am in the market for a new pair of speakers. I have zeroed in on these as a good set: Logitech Z-5500 Speakers. It has an optical-in port (Image here) and I am wondering if the digital audio out port (aka the headphone jack) will be sufficient (as an S/PDIF) to provide me with the full benefits of this speaker system--5.1 surround sound.

    Thanks in advance for all your help!
  2. Hydroxs macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2008
    Yes just get a optical to 3.5mm cable and you will be fine.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I'm running the exact same setup with my iMac and the same speakers, and yes, it works great. The speakers are awesome - with the digital signal there's no popping or background hiss, even at higher volume.

    One caveat - in order to get 5.1 you have to be using an application that supports 5.1, like Front Row. It's not enough to have a file with 5.1 playing through an app that doesn't, like iTunes. That will still be 2.0.
  5. areusche macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2008
    Download Perian. It will definitely help with 5.1 channel decoding.

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