Right now my HT setup is a Mac Mini connected to my 3 or 4 year old Sony 5.1 500 watt reciever. The reciever has mode buttons so you can change between 2 Channel Stereo and 5.1. I am willing to bet that if I downloaded the manual and looked, I could figure out a way that it would be able to set preferences per input (maybe?)
However I need it to be able to output 5.1 and 2 channel on the same input - the Toslink optical input from the Mini.
I watch movies and TV shows from the Mini in which case it needs 5.1 mode so that the center channel is used for speaking audio.
But I also listen to music and I dont want to have to get up and change it to 2 channel mode each time. If I try and listen to music from Itunes while its in 5.1 mode, it plays with most of the audio from the center channel and I hear some faint things coming from the L/R speaker. If I press the 2 Channel button, the music sounds as it should (or at least how I think it should).
Are there recievers that can automatically decide to play the input in 5.1 or in 2 channel stereo? Or is this something I need to do on my computer, because its optical out and maybe if I change the signal through an applescript somehow to make it output in 2 Channel only, then the reciever will automatically do that.
I know very little about this stuff, I am very much a newbie and I apologize if I used improper terminology. I know the reciever has many many modes and I only ever kept it on the default mode - and for the past 4 years thats been fine since I have been using the crappy satellite speakers it came with and I just "invested" $550 on Primus 250s for L/R/C and I want to make sure I am maximizing my "investment".