How to output 5.1 sound from a mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by apomarinov, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. apomarinov macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2013
    I've encountered the way where you connect from mini DP on the mac to the HDMI on the reciever, but is it possible to output 5.1 to a system with inputs like this one ?
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    your mac does have optical out also, that amp doesn't appear to have optical in though.

    You can use something like this to convert optical to 6 channel analog.

    you'll need a "toslink to mini" optical cable - search the part in quotes to find one.
  3. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Unless it's a MacBook air. This is the one current line without optical output.
  4. apomarinov thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2013
    Thanks for the answers! So can you light me up on whats going on here, in terms of convertion or.. whatever it is :eek:
    I believe this is the cable
    How I see it is, since APlotdevice said it wouldnt work on a macAir the mini toslink wouldn`t be going in the headset jack, the toslink would go in the miniDP and the mini toslink in the input of the decoder?

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