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HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Converter


Award Winning Performance
Winner of Macworld’s Best of Show Award 2010, the Kanex XD provides high performance and quality. Offering excellent design and features, Kanex XD provides premium results as a solution connection for an HDMI source to your iMac and Cinema Display. nonstop lanes; PC

Two Displays in One
Fully utilize the backlit LED of the 27-inch iMac to work and play hard. Use command+F2 to toggle between the external signal and OS X so you can maximize efficiency.

Work Hard and Play Hard
Play all your favorite console games from the PS3 and the Xbox 360 on the iMac. Eliminate the need for an additional TV when you can simply connect your consoles to the 27-inch iMac and Apple Cinema Display.
Kanex XD

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What's Included:
Kanex XD
3ft Mini DisplayPort cable M/M
3ft HDMI cable M/M
5V Power Supply

Technical Specifications:
Input:    HDMI
LAN:    Ethernet RJ45 slot x 1 (Auto MDI/MDIX)
Output:    Mini DisplayPort
Power:    5V DC Power Supply
Dimensions:    3.2 inches (L) x 2.1 inches (W) x 1 inch (H)
Maximum Resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz on 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display*
1280x720 @ 60Hz on 27-inch iMac and Apple LED Cinema Display*
Supports uncompressed digital LPCM 7.1, 5.1 or 2 channels
Supports compressed digital Bit-Stream
(Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio)

NOTE: Not compatible with Thunderbolt display.

Will this work on iMac 21.5?
No. The iMac 21.5 does not accept an input signal through the Mini DisplayPort.

Why do I have to set my sources to 720p?
The need to set your source to 720p is a limitation due to the iMac not the XD. Here is why: the EDID (extended display identification data) embedded in the display only accepts two input resolutions: 2560x1440 and 1280x720. The first resolution is not supported by PS3 and Xbox because the highest resolution output they support is 1920x1080, or 1080p. But since the iMac doesn't recognize 1080p input resolution, the sources must be set to 720p for proper video pass through. The XD features up to

I followed the correct connections, but I still need help troubleshooting
First try hitting command-f2 to toggle to the display. If this doesn’t work try resetting. Unplug everything from the XD box. And before plugging back in, make sure the AC adapter is plugged into the wall with the power on. Then be sure that the MDP cable is connected to your iMac and reboot. And the HDMI cable should be connected to the PS3 with the power on. Lastly, you'll want to connect each of the cords to the XD box beginning with the HDMI cable, followed by the power source and last the M

Can I connect a PS3 and Xbox at the same time?
Yes. With the help of an HDMI switcher you can connect and switch between each device you want connected to the iMac.

How can I control sound and playback from Kanex XD?
Hot key function (command+F2) will allow you to toggle back and forth from desktop computer to HD source. Volume and brightness controls on the keyboard can also control the source.

Can I connect the kanex xd to my macbook pro.. I have a 17" version?
Thank you for your reply. Please be advised that the MacBook Pro does not have an input display feature like the iMac does. Therefore, the Mini DisplayPort on the MacBook is for Video Out only.

Does this work for the 24" apple cinema display? thanks.
Dear Customer, This will work on the 24" Apple Cinema Display as long as you have a source that is capable of outputting 1900x1200 via the HDMI port. If you can achieve this resolution then this will work with your Apple Cinema Display. If you have any further questions please contact us at: you and have a nice day.

Does this device also function as an Mac to tv adapter? To play HD movies on my television!?
Dear Customer, Please be advised that this unit is not bi-directional and will only allow you to display an HDMI source to a mini DisplayPort display. Thank you.

Do you know if the new iMac 27" that was released today finally allows 1080, rather than 720 as the previous model did?
Dear Customer, Unfortunately, the new iMac 27" (MC510LL/A and MC511LL/A) still only support 720p. We have tested the Kanex XD with it and it will still only render a display if the source is set to a 720p resolution. We do apologize for the inconvenience. However, if you sign up for our newsletter we will update you with any new findings that we may encounter. If you have any other questions or concerns please contact us at: you.

Can I use this device with the new Apple TV and use the screen on my 27" iMac for Apple TV content?
Please be advised that the Kanex XD does work with the Apple TV. Please note that all content must be set to 720p in order for the image to render. Thank you.

How do I connect my PS3 using this to my 27" cinema display?
Please be advised that you would connect the PS3 set at 720p to the Kanex XD via HDMI. Then you would connect the Mini DisplayPort from the Cinema Display to the Kanex XD. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us at: you.

Can I use the Kanex XD to connect Apple TV through Kanex XD to a new 27'' LED Apple Cinema Display?
The XD will work with the Apple TV on the new 27" Apple LED Cinema Displays. You simply hook it up and it will work.

Will this work with a 2010 MacBook pro?
The MacBook Pros can not be used as a display therefore the Kanex XD will not work with the MacBook Pros.

Will this connect to a Comcast HDTV cable box and display TV shows on the 27" iMac?
As long as you can set your cable box to output in 720p via the HDMI then you will be able to use it with the XD.

Will the XD work to convert the signal from my ps3 to my 24 inch Apple Cinema display at 720p?
The 24 inch Apple Cinema Display only accepts a 1900x1200 input signal therefore you will not be able to connect your PS3 with the Kanex XD.

Do you need a TV in order for this set up to work through, or this this device eliminate the need for a television?
Hello, You will need an HDMI display in order to set up your source such as your PS3 or Xbox 360 prior to connecting it to the XD and your iMac. You will need to set your source before using it with the XD. Thank you.

does the product come with the additional wires needed - ie the cable plugging into the back of my imac?
Please be advised that the Kanex XD comes with a Male to Male HDMI cable and a Male to Male Mini DisplayPort cable and a Power supply. Everything you need to get your XD up and running out of the box.

Will this product work with a Mac Pro hooked up to a 27inch Apple Cinema Display?
As long as you can set your Video Card resolution to 720p via HDMI then it will work with the XD on your Apple Cinema Display.

The 27" Apple cinema display says it supports a resolution of 1920 x 1080. How come this resolution wont work with the XD when outputting from a PC at this resolution?
Please be advised that the 27" Apple Cinema Display itself supports many resolutions up to its native resolution of up to 2560x1440. However, when using a non Mini DisplayPort signal the EDID of the Cinema Display will only accept a 720p resolution. This limitation is based on the EDID settings. The Kanex XD itself actually supports up to 1920x1200 if allowed.

Does this work to provide a second display for a laptop with HDMI at 2560x1440?
Please be advised that this will allow you to take a HDMI source(PS3, Xbox 360) and view it on your 27"iMac or 27" Apple Cinema Display.

Hi, this looks like an awesome product! Will I be able to use this with a PC Desktop with a graphic card that has HDMI output? I have a late 2010 27" iMac, and I was wondering if I can use my iMac as a monitor for my PC with this. Thanks so much:D
Yes as long as you send your PC resolution HDMI output to 1280x720 it will work just fine.

If I link directly the kanex XD to an LED cinema display 27" how do I adjust the volume output of the display?
You'll have to manually adjust the audio on the device your inputing (probably through the system's settings) since the Cinema Display doesn't have built-in volume control.

I have just purchased n Apple 27" LED Cinema display PN MC007LL/A to use with my MacBook Pro 15" via the laptop's mini display port... no issues anticipated. At other times I would also like to use the Cinema Display with an HP EliteBook 8730W laptop that has an HDMI output port... the folks at Apple advised me that the Kanex XD will provide the proper interface... Is this true, and are there any settings or nuances I should be aware of before purchasing the Kanex XD? Thanks very much in advan
Yes, the Kanex XD will allow you to connect your EliteBook to your Apple Cinema Display, however be advised that in order to get video playback out of the ACD, The 27-inch Apple iMac and Cinema Display EDID will not accept HDMI resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p) therefore sources must be set at a matching resolution of 1280x720 (720p) for full screen HD playback.

Will this work with the newest iMac, and if not is there a way I make it work with the newest iMac
NO, The Kanex XD is not compatible with newer Macs or iMacs. Thanks

Im purchasing an early 2012 iMac, does the Kanex XD work on it? There's a Thunderbolt jack and everything on the latest iMac, can I hook up my xbox360 on it?
No, the Kanex XD is not compatible with the newer iMacs/Apple Cinema Displays with Thunderbolt ports.


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