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Rented movies on iTunes come with 5.1 surrond sound

Tonight, for the first time, I rented a movie on iTunes...And I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised by the fact the movie came with 2 soundtracks: Stereo & "Surrond".Well, "surround" turns out to be AC3 Dobly Digital and it does work on the Mac…...

July 16, 2009 · 1 min · François Planque

How to get AC-3 5.1 surround sound on your Mac

So your hooked up your Mac to your 5.1 receiver and all you get is lousy stereo? Worry no more, decent AC-3 support is finally available for Mac OSX! In my case I have an Intel Mac Mini from 2006 hooked up to a Denon AVR-3801 via a fiber optic S/PDIF…...

March 11, 2009 · 16 min · François Planque

AC3 codec for Intel Mac (Universal)

WOW! All this time I've been running the wrong AC3 codec on my Mac Mini! Last week, I found one that works soooo much better! To find it, I actually had to search for "a52 codec" and not "ac3 codec". Go figure! Intel version (Universal) Original…...

November 25, 2006 · 6 min · François Planque

AC3 codec for Intel Mac (Universal Binary)

Update: I originally found this codec. However, I've later found a much better one! 2009 Update: The a52 codec now supports 5.1 surround passthrough, even on Mac Mini.

March 27, 2006 · 1 min · François Planque