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by Tom Nelson

Using your Mac as an HTPC (Home Theater PC) is pretty easy, right out of the box. Hook your Mac up to your HDTV and settle in to watch your favorite movies or TV shows. There is, however, one little quirk that sometimes leads people to think their Mac can’t handle movies with 5.1 surround sound.

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Let’s start by settling that question right off. Can your Mac make use of surround sound in movies and TV shows? The answer is, it sure can. Your Mac can pass AC3, the file format used for Dolby Digital, directly to its optical audio output.

But it doesn’t stop there; your Mac can also send surround sound via an HDMI connection, as well as being able to make use of AirPlay to send surround information to your Apple TV.

Read more on About: Macs.

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