Will I be able to use this cable and adapter to play Dolby Digital 5.1 encoded on HD movies from Itunes off of my macbook?

I understand that you can play movies from the dvd player in 5.1 using the settings in iDVD and the 3.5 mm jack, but can you also play the 5.1 encoded on rented/purchased movies from Itunes? Thanks

XtremeMac XtremeHD Toslink Audio Cable

XtremeMac XtremeHD Toslink Audio Cable

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1 Answer from the Community

  • A digital audio link will simply transfer the audio (in digital format) from your computer to another device for processing there, including conversion to analog format prior to delivery to your speakers. So, for example, you'd need a stereo receiver with Dolby Digital 5.1 capability, otherwise you'll just get stereo.