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.
Not compatible with Thunderbolt™ iMac and Display
Macworld Best of Show award
Blue-ray and apple LED Cinema Display 27-inch
XBOX two displays in one

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.
Command + F2

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.
Support Blue ray PS3 and XBOX 360
PS3 and Apple iMac 27-inch




What's Included:

Kanex XD
3ft Mini DisplayPort cable M/M
3ft HDMI cable M/M
5V Power Supply

Technical Specifications:
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 
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)



iMaciMac 27"
Apple LED Display 27LED display 27"

  NOTE: Not compatible with Thunderbolt™ display.

FAQ (42)

Does this work with the New iMac or New Thunderbolt Display?
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No, The Kanex XD will NOT work with ANY iMac from 2011 and Newer due to the Thunderbolt Technology limitation. This also applies to the Apple Thunderbolt Displays. There is no adapter at this time that will work with this setup

Why do I have to set my sources to 720p?
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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

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

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?
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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:http://www.kanexlive.com/contact/Thank you and have a nice day.
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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:http://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.
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How do I connect my PS3 using this to my 27" cinema display?
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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 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.
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Ratings (55)

  4.20 out of 5/ Based on55 reviews

Very happy with this product. It works perfectly and has a nice design.

Reviewed by JR, Acacias Switzerland, 6/25/2014
Device: iMac - Year: 2010/1

1) I have been following the attached instructions and i connected Xbox one with Mac 27" 2 ) it is useful 3) it's expensive 4)Thanks for service Piero

Reviewed by PM, biella Biella Italy, 12/28/2013
Device: iMac - Year: 2009/ oct.

Using along with a SnapX to switch between Mac Mini and Cable TV box input to 27" apple cinema display. Works great.

Reviewed by MJ, Englewood Cliffs NJ United States, 12/13/2013
Device: Mac Mini - Year:

Works an absolute treat with my Wii U, although takes a while to ship to the UK.

Reviewed by LK, London London United Kingdom, 2/3/2013
Device: iMac - Year:

Hi actually l like yuor service but the thing is l can t use this product on my iMac because my iMac is 2011 and my iMac is not mini port display anymore n using thunderbolt so l cant use it so please tell me what to do coz if really can't use thats wasting money so please give me a suggestion to solve this problem ASAP

Reviewed by WK, H.K. HK Hong Kong, 8/22/2012
Device: iMac - Year: 2011

ES UNA SOLUCION EXCELENTE YO LO ESTOY USANDO PARA UN MONITOR LED CINEMA DISPLAY DE MAC CONECTADO A MI LAPTOP DE SONY conectalo fue super facil y se ve increible atravez de la entrada hdmi la salida del video es solo de 1280 x 720 y es bastante aceptable se tardo como 3 semanas en llegarme a Durango Mexico pero siempre fue rasteable y porsupuesto que recomiendo Kanex Xd

Reviewed by ES, Durango DURANGO Mexico, 8/21/2012
Device: Mac Pro - Year: 2012 agosto

Kanex does exactly what it advertises. It lets you play your playstation on your 27" Imac. No hiccups no installations no hassel it works as soon as you have plugged everything together (provided you have reduced the out of your playstation to 720p). And this is the the ONLY bad thing about it. I it won;t let you play your playstation at 1080p on your imac. Even though you imac is capable at displaying images a at far greater quality than 1080x1920 (it can do 1440x2560). So effectivelyyou are stuck at 720p, and thats where it loses a star. Other than that it is a great product!

Reviewed by HA, Masterton none New Zealand, 7/17/2012
Device: iMac - Year: 2012/07

I Didnt received the product yet. Do you have a tracking code?
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Reviewed by GM, São Paulo SÃO PAULO Brazil, 6/16/2012
Device: Macbook Pro - Year:

Thank you for the feedback opportunity. My son has been trying to make it work without success. After reading your user guide and some forum posts I am now sure that the power supply to the XD is the problem. Having tried connecting everything in the correct order and ensuring the source resolution is at 720p. The best we managed was a brief black screen but then only when jiggling the power cord. The problem seems to be at the transformer end connecting to the wall. First brief flickers now nothing. I'm not sure if the lights on the XD ever illuminated during these flickers but I have never seen them on they do not come on now. I have tested the wall plug with other devices and it works fine. We live in Australia (240v) Hope you can help regards Greg

Reviewed by GR, Sydney New South Wales Australia, 5/12/2012
Device: iMac - Year: 2009

I really like this product but if the Imac can only receive a 720p signal then why wouldn't you make that the default output for the kanex XD. after purchasing this product i had to take my ps3 over to a friends house and use their tv to change the picture settings on my ps3 from 1080p. another issue is always having to get up and unplugg cables whenever i want to switch from ps3 to my imac, it would be great if it had a on/off remote

Reviewed by BW, Claremont Western Australia Australia, 4/25/2012
Device: iMac - Year:

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