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Outputting 5.1 Channel Surround Sound from your Mac

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How to output 5.1 Channel Surround Sound from you Mac...

 

 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 15" 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7
  • pepitorios Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank You this help me!!!

  • JIM140 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So when using a program such as Logic Pro in which you can mix 5.1 surround, you use this same method?

  • Dudikowski Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have tried this with my Panasonic TV/Bluray. It shows up as it should in the Audio MIDI Setup but it only accepts 2 channels as an option. If I go to the speaker settings and select multi channels the 5.1 option is greyed out (as are all options except stereo).

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  • rafaelcg84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem of Dudikowski, I got a Samsung bluray player and LG TV and I have only Stereo output enabled. 5.1 is not.

     

    And I can connect my xbox with 5.1 enabled in the home-theater.

     

    Any ideas?

  • DrKrueger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Using optical out, same problem here. How to output surround sound?

  • mrbeard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi here. I have had the same problem but have fixed it so hope this works for you. When you are in the AUDIO MIDID SETUP, select HDMI and then on the right next to when you can select the FORMAT, use options 48000.0 HZ and 8ch-16bit Integer. You can then select Configure Speakers, Multichannel and 5.1 Surround from the drop down. When testing the speakers you may have to use the drop downs under each speaker to change the numbers for which speaker is where. Good luck :-) hope it works

  • mrbeard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi here. I have had the same problem but have fixed it so hope this works for you. When you are in the AUDIO MIDID SETUP, select HDMI and then on the right next to when you can select the FORMAT, use options 48000.0 HZ and 8ch-16bit Integer. You can then select Configure Speakers, Multichannel and 5.1 Surround from the drop down. When testing the speakers you may have to use the drop downs under each speaker to change the numbers for which speaker is where. Good luck :-) hope it works

  • waldo3125 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello,

     

    I have a follow-up question to this original post...  I haven't tried any of this yet since I just ordered a new iMac and haven't received it yet, but will definitely try it out once it arrives (on my cheap RCA receiver haha).  I know it has poor reviews on Walmart, but honestly, I've had this for about a year now and absolutely no complaints.  If configured properly, the device works flawlessly.  Not the best speakers, but not bad... Definitely loud. Just don't know if it'll work with the new computer. 

     

    ANYWAY, my question is: As long as the setup from the original post works and 5.1 audio is outputted from the Mac, has anyone tried using a surround project with FCX with this setup and if so, how stable is it?  This is my only reason for wanting to output in 5.1, but I just want know if anyone has encountered any problems with it.

     

    Thank you for your time!

  • Lance Mcvickar Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    I have been using my MacBook Pro via HDMI into my pioneer av amp which is set up for 5.1.

    I have been able to output 5.1 audio with Logic Pro and FCPX no issues at all after you setup the audio midi utility for 5.1. This setup is via PCM 5.1 audio not to be confused with Dolby 5.1.

    It works great. If you want to play your edited exported movies from Final Cut Pro x in surround then it gets a bit tricky. I export the movie with FCPX as master video with the 5.1 audio then use HandBreak set to atv3 to encode / compress the video. This is great because handbreak folds the 5.1 into a stereo AAC track and also encodes the 5.1 mix into Dolby 5.1 AC3 track so both stereo and surround tracks are embedded in the movie file. So if you have an Apple TV it will play the movie with its surround track. If you play the same HandBreak compressed movie out of your Mac via hdmi to your surround amp it will only play the stereo track if you are using iTunes or QuickTime  and I believe this is because of copy protect and Dolby license issues. iTunes will play a purchased movie from the itunes store in surround via your Macs hdmi to receiver setup but will only play the stereo track of the movie you exported from HandBreak even though it is set up just like an iTunes movie. To get your HandBreak movie to play in Dolby surround from your Mac all you need is VLC player, then you have to go in and select the Dolby track and the output in VLCs audio settings and bingo your HandBreaked movie then plays out of your Mac in Dolby surround. Once you set your Mac up for 5.1 mixing your amp will show your outputting 5.1 via the mac but again this is PCM audio 5.1 and apps like FCPX, Soundtrack Pro, Logic Pro will work.

  • waldo3125 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the response!  I haven't been able to output in 5.1 because my iMac won't read the receiver correctly.  It usually lists my recevier as "LCD TV" and only gives me the option of two channels.  I guess I can fool around with it.  It may be due to my TV actually being hooked up to the receiver at the same time as the iMac, so instead of just decoding audio, the computer thinks I'm trying to use my TV as an external monitor (which only uses two channel audio).  In fact, now that I'm writing this I think that's my issue.  I'll play around.

     

    Anyway, even if I'm only able to get two channel audio, everything still sounds great using the speakers!

  • lisafromingersoll Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am trying to set up my late 2011 15" MacBook Pro to work with my Bose surround sound system. I have plugged the mini display port to HDMI cable into the HDMI port in my Bose system. When I checked the system preferences for sound, it showed the BOSE LS as an option which I clicked on but it says "The selected device has no output controls" When I went into applications and tested the speakers, there was no tone emitted. Also the screen on the tv only shows the original screen for my computer- the movie doesn't show up on the tv screen at all

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