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  1. #1

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    Aug 15, 2011
    5.1 surround sound
    Hi everyone, I'm brand new to mac-forum so forgive me if I write in the wrong forum etc.
    I was wondering if there is an easy and free (or at least cheap) way to change the out-put of my imac to 5.1. surround.
    I have a 27" imac 2.66 intel core i5, 4gb ddr3 and I use a Logitec X-530 which doesn't have an optical connection. I searched the forum and the net. The only way seems to be to change the speakers or get an external sound card.



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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    The sound card is probably the cheapest way. You could try this:

    Convert an optical audio signal to 6 discrete analog RCA audio signals SPDIF & Stereo also - 5.1 & 7.1 AUDIO SWITCHER

    That's about the cheapest you're going to find a converter.
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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    As you probably already know, your Mac is perfectly capable of outputting OPTICAL 5.1 surround, but since you don't have an optical connection I would guess Bob's right as usual.

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Aug 15, 2011
    Thanks guys. I think for the price I'm probably better off selling my speakers and get a new set with optical output. Can anyone point me in the right direction for a proper audio setup for my mac? (Amplifier, sound card for recording also and speakers?)

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