Will my MBP optical out carry 5.1 to an amp?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by whitedragon101, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    I have a MBP 15" 2008 and 17" 2011. Neither seem to be wanting to carry sound over the Mini display port to HDMI cable into my Pioneer amp (see links below).

    Can I use the optical out port on the MBP (the amp has optical in) and get the amp to play any source coming from the laptop be it youtube HD or a video playing in VLC?

    Also will it carry 5.1?

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/PUSA/Images/Product Images/Home/HTP-071-rear_large.jpg

  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    the 2008 doesn't support audi over minidisplay port, but the 2011 should.

    also, not all mdp adapters will support audio.

    read this link for more info about which macs and mDP adapters support audio

    but... the optical out port on all macs for the past several years does support dolby digital out or DTS. but HD audio will not work.
  3. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    Thanks for the help. It turned out the amp was broken. I took it back and the new one works with both optical and HMDI no problem :)
  4. orestes1984 macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2005
    You will need a mini toslink to toslink cable but yes your MacBook Pro will output optical audio. It's quite cool when your receiver automatically changes over to the surround sound standard whether its Dolby or DTS :)

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