M-Audio presents Sonica, an external USB interface that adds digital audio outputs to your Mac, with the possibility of using Dolby Digital 5.1 to connect it to a Surround receiver.
The TrueSurround XT technology also allows you to recreate a virtual 5.1 setup using simple stereo speakers or headphones. Sonica does not require a power supply as it is provided by the USB connection.
The interface supports 24bit / 96KHz format, has a digital connector to connect it to a surround receiver or a MiniDisc, an analog connector for amplifier and speakers and supports Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC3), Dolby Pro Logic and DTS. multichannel audio required Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher.
Here is a summary of the features: -USB-to-S / PDIF optical output and analog output 1/8 ″ -The S / PDIF optical output can transmit Linear PCM, AC3 or DTS-The supported formats are: * 24 bit linear PCM * 16 bit linear PCM * 16-bit AC-3 on optical connector * 16-bit Dolby Pro-Logic on optical connector * 16-bit DTS on optical connector-Mac OS X support from version 10.1.5 for multi-channel output -Support of the following sampling frequencies: (Hz) – 8000, 9600, 11025, 12000, 16000, 22050, 24000, 32000, 44100, 48000, 88200, 96000
Sonica's price of $ 83 Euro including VAT is distributed for the Mac consumer sector by Upware.