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MacBook Pro - Can Macs play 5.1 surround sound??


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I've read a post or two on here that say you need an external sound card or something in order to get 5.1 sound out of a Mac. I've also read on other forums, including one that's strictly about home theater with a subforum for Macs as HTPCs, that Macs can play surround sound on their own if you connect an optical cable using DVD Player, Quicktime, or VLC/Perian. You just need to make some settings adjustments to get it working.

So which is it?? I'm about to buy a DVI to HDMI and mini-toslink to toslink cables to connect my MBP (and soon a Mac Mini) and want to know if I'll get 5.1 out of my DVDs and other videos through my computer.

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Yes using the optical out (toslink) you will get 5.1. Make sure to go into Audio Midi Setup in utilities and make sure it shows that you have 5 channel output listed.
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so would something like this work for the MBP? http://www.amazon.com/QVS-10-Foot-To.../dp/B00007E87A
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