25 Comments

  1. Wats Doug
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Every video iv see that talk about getting 5.1 never talk about 5.1 music
    this device may work 5.1 on games and movies but it sure wont give you true
    5.1 music

  2. ReviewOutdoorGear
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Thanks a ton! Have been looking for someone to get it together and explain
    this whole thing nice and simply! Just bought all the stuff because of this
    video! Thanks again for the help!

  3. MoreThanAFK
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    +will this do the same job ?? Type “optical jack to 5.1″ into google
    shopping and click on the External 5.1 Channel USB 2.0 Sound Card Optical
    Audio Adapter CNP-11070 , for £10.67

  4. MoreThanAFK
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    will a usb one do the job, cos it seems to be a lot cheaper, plus what gen
    iMac do u have cos i have the late 2011 21.5 inch and am wondering if it
    has that 7 digital wavelength output thing from the headphone jac ???? :)
    thanks in advance

  5. Wats Doug
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Most people think because they have a 5.1 sound system there going to get
    true surround sound mind you its real easy to get 5.1 in games and movies
    but try 5.1 like true surround sound music..Its every expensive to
    experience true 5.1 HD music.

  6. Gokhan Geyik
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Hello. I bought an AudioGear after watching your video. I have a Mac Mini
    mid 2011. My speaker is Creative T6060. I listening mostly ALAC audio
    files. Sometimes volume is going down for front and center speakers. I
    can’t find any solution.

  7. masbarrena
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I have a SONY DVD player connected to a COBY 937 5.1 DVD Home Theater
    System’s AUX inputs for stereo sound. This came to mind, if I plug my SONY
    DVD Player into this 5.1 audio gear device with a COAX cable, then I get a
    4 port RCA L/R splitter box, some extra L/R red and white RCA cables, and
    plug its rear L/R channel, front L/R channel, and Sub/Center channel from
    the 4 port box into the 5.1 decoder, and have the 4 port’s output into the
    receiver’s AUX input, would it convert it to 5.1 audio?

  8. Hao Pham
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I just bought a “LS21 2.1 Stereo Speaker System” which only has single
    3.5mm Jack (the green jack). I was wondering if the speakers would work on
    that Digital optical converter.

  9. Social3Input
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I bought the exact same equipment to “hopefully” connect my Klipsch 5.1
    surround to my iMac… it worked! I should add however, that although the
    sound is ‘good’ it is a simulated 5.1 digital sound… better than nothing,
    however. Thanks for the video…!

  10. Jorge Delgado
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    THE MACMINI 2012 WORKS THIS SOUND CARD?

  11. TechGoliath
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    @miket4383 I agree, but those speakers are so much more expensive. I got my
    set of x540s for 90 dollars and then the converter costs 50 so total 140.
    If I am not mistaken, the 906 cost 400 dollars?

  12. BeFairToYourself
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Anyone knows if the quality is lesser with this convertor/adaptor? I want
    to connect my TV via TOS cable via this and my RCA system cables.

  13. TechGoliath
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    The link didn’t work (and yes, I changed the “dot” to . ) And I doubt that
    whatever it was provided true 5.1 surround. I’m guessing it was a cheap USB
    7.1 3D sound “card”. If it was, those don’t provide real surround sound. It
    is virtual and definitely not as good as true 5.1 surround sound that needs
    to be decoded. What those cheap devices do is they take a stereo sound
    source and then split it into 5 virtual channels. But in reality it just
    messes up whatever you’re listening to.

  14. TechGoliath
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    This is the cheapest you can get for true 5.1 surround sound. You can
    however get really cheap simulated surround sound usb cards, but i doubt
    they will make your stuff sound like real 5.1.

  15. Darkienzo1
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I just followed this guide exactly and purchased the decoder shown in the
    video with a set of Logitech x-530′s I just bought. Really excited, thanks
    for the informational video!!

  16. TechGoliath
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Also, I realized after I made the video that I plugged in the cables the
    wrong way.

  17. TechGoliath
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    no problemo

  18. DamonaArt
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Nice video, but when I click your links i got a Web attack : Malicious
    toolkit website 9. Oddwords.info. so this was not nice! Luckely my Norton
    blocked it……would love to get the real ebay link though.

  19. Ben Dominguez Studios
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Probably just a function of the way Windows handles 5.1 and the way OS X
    does.

  20. CatiandMike Gonzalez
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I just purchased the exact set up you have for my mac and when I go to
    preferences> sound it recognizes the digital optical device but when I go
    to the MIDI set up it only shows up as “stereo” in the multi channel output
    (5.1 surround is ghosted out). I then put a DVD with surround sound and it
    still read as stereo. All cables were re-checked and there is nothing wrong
    with the connections. Also, are you able to sound mix in surround sound
    with this set up in FCP, Soundtrack, Protools, etc.

  21. TechGoliath
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    you need to make sure that in system preferences –> sound –> output
    “optical out” is selected

  22. miket4383
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    The converter is great for anyone who has a 5.1 surround sound speaker
    system without a built-in optical audio input. However, it would probably
    be best just to get a better speaker system with built-in optical audio
    inputs to begin with, like a Logitech Z906. At which point, you would then
    just need the optical audio cable connecting the iMac directly to the
    speaker system, which is my setup and everything runs great! Also, go to
    monoprice for cheap cables.

  23. CatiandMike Gonzalez
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    One other thing… I see from the picture in your video of the 5.1 audio
    decoder, the analog cables are connected as follows: (1)yellow, (2)black,
    (3)green and you connected it differently. Is there a reason for this? I
    have the same speaker system that’s why I ask.

  24. TechGoliath
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    In terms of the midi setup, for some reason it won’t let you choose 5.1. I
    plugged the optical cable into a dolby digital home theatre receiver and it
    still was listed as stereo but on the receiver it said it was 5.1 surround.
    I think there is some bug associated with the midi setup. Also if DVD
    player app isn’t working, open the DVD with VLC and if you go to the audio
    menu, you can change it to digital output I think (try messing around with
    the settings) and that should make it output surround

  25. Ben Dominguez Studios
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Your problem exists because most songs like the ones you have in iTunes are
    stereo. The song only has a left and right channel, not a left, center,
    right, rear right, rear left and sub channel. You can’t make something out
    of nothing, and so therefore you can only hear the song in stereo rather
    than surround. Try downloading a surround test track. I found one by
    googling “surround test tone” or “surround sound music.” Let me know if
    this helps!

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