New iMac purchase question: MKVs with S/PDIF

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nomad4, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. nomad4 macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm looking to purchase the new iMac. My main concern is whether or not I will be able to play MKV files with a Dolby Digital/DTS soundtrack through the S/PDIF connection. I am looking to hook this up to my Logitech Z-5500 receiver through the optical connection. Another important point is that the soundtrack would just be passed through (i.e. not downsampled or anything).

    Is this possible?

    Thanks for any help and insight you could provide :D
     
  2. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Yes..

    just either use VLC with S/PDIF passthru set on or use the Perian plugin on Quicktime.
     
  3. nomad4 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply! I just wanted to also confirm that the latest iMac (as of 16 Aug 2010) has a mini optical connector, meaning I would have to get a converter from standard TOSlink to mini-TOSlink, yes?

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Yes - since it plugs into the headphone socket.
     

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