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    How to get 5.1 audio from my iMac
    I stumbled across (and now can't find it again) a youtube video where I discovered that the 3.5mm audio jack on the back of my iMac doubles as a mini-TOSLINK connector, and that an optical cable can be run to a 5.1 digital adapter. The adapter suggested in that video was off eBay and of course no longer available...I'm interested but not sure what adapter I can buy that will do the same function.

    I have a Logitech 5.1 system with the 3x3.5mm plugs that were in an audio card in an old PC. I had tried to sell it, not realizing I could still use it

    Ideas?

    thanks

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    You can get one from Amazon.
    Amazon.com: digital audio converter
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    You'll be looking for something like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    You'll be looking for something like this.

    That looks like it. Thanks!

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    Take a look around and read some reviews - there are more of them available - I only linked the first one that popped up.

    You can also look at external USB sound cards.
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    hmm interesting. I didn't know this.. Do Mac Minis also have this option?

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    Need to check on the specific mini - particularly since the first couple of models were PPC machines.

    Pretty sure all the Intel MMs have a headphone port with combined stereo analog and 5.1 optical audio output.
    Can verify your model at everymac.com - in the Ports - Sound section.

    Need to realize - no Dolby/DTS on the Mac - so even while using the optical out - you will only get 5.1 from 5.1 sources - like movies/games/etc. That is, all your music which is typically in stereo, will still only be output in stereo unless you're connecting to a device that provides Dolby/DTS to provide a faux 5.1 sound.
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    Checked it last night.. Its says Digital/Analog output.. L2012 MM.. I got some really great monitor quality speakers that are stereo anyway.. But if I ever upgrade this is good information to know.

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