Surround Sound on Mid -2010 iMac

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  1. AppleZwei macrumors member

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    How do I do this? I know I need 3 inputs, I assume then I need an adapter of some sort. The new iMacs support 5.1 sound in the audio out jack.
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You can use a mini toslink to regular toslink cable
     
  3. AppleZwei thread starter macrumors member

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    And toslink can carry all three audio signals from the 5.1 system ?
     
  4. skottichan macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you'll also need a 5.1 receiver/amp. You can pick up a decent Sony for around $150-200USD.
     
  5. AppleZwei thread starter macrumors member

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    What the s***, the speakers hardly cost that much. I don't think it is necesary anymore, iMacs support 5.1 sound. At least the new ones do.
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by three audio signals, but yes it will carry 5.1 audio in one cable
     
  7. AppleZwei thread starter macrumors member

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    Most 5.1 speaker sets have 3 cables you need to plug in from the system.
     
  8. byron_hinson macrumors 6502

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    Not so much these days - Optical or HDMI usually.
     
  9. AppleZwei thread starter macrumors member

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    All of the ones I can find use the 3 1/8 inch jacks.
     
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  11. AppleZwei thread starter macrumors member

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    After much research I've decided that it would be cheaper to sell my Mac, build an equivalent PC and buy a surround sound system. You'd think such an entertainment minded company would actual support standards.

    Oh wait, thats right, Blu Ray is a bag of hurt, so I guess surround sound is too.
     
  12. trondolsen macrumors newbie

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    I guess you're having a PC-speaker surround, and not a REAL surround system. The only solution is things with optical inputs. Things connected with 3 minijacks are last year!
     
  13. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Macs have never had analog output more than two channels. Since the transition to Intel chipsets all Macs have had optical audio output, which is the defacto standard for all home theater systems (some have coaxial audio, but digital nonetheless) for 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS audio. It also provides far superior dynamic range than does analog 6 channel audio.

    Blu-ray is a "bag of hurt" because of its intrusive nature in the kernel of the OS. 5.1 is easy on Macs, but you need a receiver with optical input. You are wanting inferior audio technology, which Apple won't ever use.
     
  14. AppleZwei thread starter macrumors member

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    I understand that and it makes sense, but I have to spend freaking 300 bucks or more on a speaker system when really I'd just like to use the affordable 100 dollar system like my brother has that sounds AWESOME on his computer.
     

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