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

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    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

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

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  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604

    Tomorrow

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    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

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    Download Perian. It will definitely help with 5.1 channel decoding.
    http://perian.org/
     

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