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Transform your 27-inch Apple iMac or Apple LED Cinema Display into a High Definition Display with the award winning Kanex XD. Connect and play your Blu-Ray DVD player, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or digital set top box in HD format. View a true crisp and clear picture with no video scaling. Full control is at your fingertips as you can adjust the volume and brightness through your wireless Bluetooth keyboard. The XD also supports audio pass-through resulting in the ultimate multimedia experience.

  Work Hard and Play Hard

Play all your favorite games from the PS3 and the Xbox 360 on the iMac. Eliminate the need for an additional TV that is expensive and takes up space when you can simply connect your consoles to the 27-inch iMac and Apple Cinema Display.

  Two displays in one

Fully utilize the backlit LED of the 27-inch iMac to work and play hard. Use command+F2 hotkey to toggle between the OS and target display mode so you can maximize efficiency.

  Award Winning Performance

Winner of Macworld's Best of Show Award 2010, the Kanex XD provides stunning performance and quality. Offering excellent design and features unparalleled, Kanex XD provides premium results as a solution connecting your HDMI source to your iMac and Cinema Display.


  • Input: HDMI
  • Output: Mini DisplayPort
  • 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)
  • Power: 5V DC Power Supply
  • Dimensions: 3.2 inches (L) x 2.1 inches (W) x 1 inch (H)

Package Content:

  • Kanex XD
  • 3ft Mini DisplayPort cable M/M
  • 3ft HDMI cable M/M
  • 5V Power Supply
Compatibility List:
27-inch iMac (Late 2009 - Mid 2010)
27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display
*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.
Prior to using the Kanex XD, HDMI sources must be pre-configured to output at 1280x720 (720p).


Will the Kanex XD work fine with the new iMac's (MC812B/A) via the Thunderbolt port? Our Kanex XD requires modification to work with the new thunderbolt iMac 27-inch. We are under development of a newer version. Please look out for an announcement soon. In the mean time the Kanex XD still works for iMac 27 2009-early 2011 and also the LED Cinema Display 27-inch. 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. hello, will the kanex xd work with the brand new Imac May 2011? Our Kanex XD requires modification to work with the new thunderbolt iMac 27-inch. We are under development of a newer version. Please look out for an announcement soon. In the mean time the Kanex XD still works for iMac 27 Late 2009 - early 2011 and also the LED Cinema Display 27-inch. 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. 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. Yes as long as you send your PC resolution HDMI output to 1280x720 it will work just fine. 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. The 27" Apple cinema display says it supports a resolution of 1920 x 1080. http://www.apple.com/displays/specs.html 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. Will the Kanex XD work on the Macbook Pro 15" model no. A1286 ?? The MacBook Pro does not have any input video features and therefore it will not work with the Kanex XD. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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: http://www.kanexlive.com/contact/ Thank 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. HDCP is fully supported? Dear Customer, Yes the Kanex XD is fully HDCP compliant. 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: http://kanexlive.com/contact/ Thank you. 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. 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: http://www.kanexlive.com/contact/ Thank you and have a nice day. 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. 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 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. Does Kanex XD work with a Wii console? Wii does not have HDMI output, only RCA cable connector. In order to use with the XD with your Wii, an RCA to HDMI converter is needed. Why do I have to connect per the included leaflet? The XD is a converter which needs to recognize and sync to source before anything else. So be sure to power on the PS3, Xbox, or Blu-ray player and then connect the HDMI source to XD followed by plugging in the XD power and ending with the Mini DisplayPort connection. Following this order will render the best results. 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. 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. Will this work on iMac 21.5? No. The iMac 21.5 does not accept an input signal through the Mini DisplayPort.

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