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 (36)

Does this work with the New iMac or New Thunderbolt Display?
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?
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?
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.

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.

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 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. 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.

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.

Ask Questions

Email Address:  





Ratings (54)

  4.19 out of 5/ Based on54 reviews

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?

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:

For some reason doesnt work with my SKY HD box. Only get sound very briefly and cuts out. Please can you fix this.

Reviewed by MC, Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne and Wear United Kingdom, 2/17/2012
Device: iMac - Year: 2010

R: 1 - ainda nunca usei e este produto,pois é a minha primeira compra na Kanex Live R: 2 - o que eu Gostoi no Kanex xD ele permite usa meu xbox 360 e PS3 no meu iMac R: 3 - nao tenho nada o que Reclama... ele atende minhas Necessidades... R: 4 - Bom é minha primera compra feita no Kanex Live to na expectativa de dar tudo certo, pois moro no Brasil esse produto não acha aqui... pois to com necessidade desse Adaptador.... Pretendo compras mais produtos na Kanex live depois que chega meu Kanex xD Obrigado.....

Reviewed by RA, Sao Paulo São Paulo Brazil, 2/17/2012
Device: iMac - Year: 2010/ 10

I used it with my 27 inch iMac to play my PS3. It is a fantastic product.

Reviewed by KG, Calgary Alberta Canada, 1/23/2012
Device: iMac - Year: 2009

To Connect my PS3 That its easy to use and doesn't involve much to get it working That I had to use a TV to change the ps3 video output before I could see it when connected to the Kanex XD

Reviewed by BH, Kelowna British Columbia Canada, 10/20/2011
Device: iMac - Year: 2009

Não funcionou apos o MAC OS 10.6.8

Reviewed by BP, Pindamonhangaba São Paulo Brazil, 7/14/2011
Device: iMac - Year:

I had a very smooth transaction, and the product works great. I'm able to use it to play my XBox on my iMac 27-inch. Exactly what I wanted.

Reviewed by SM, Honesdale PA United States, 7/8/2011
Device: Others - Year: 2011/3

Works great. I can now play my HD cable box on my 27" Imac. Picture has to be in 720p format but still looks good. Sound is controlled my computer volume, not the cable box. Overall great product so far.

Reviewed by JG, Austin TX United States, 4/5/2011
Device: - Year:

5 stars

Reviewed by BB, Scotts Valley CA United States, 4/1/2011
Device: - Year:

1. Use it to play Xbox on my iMac 27" i7 (purchased in October 2010) 2. How I can use my iMac as a HDMI enabled TV (great! Thank you!) 3. Everything's great except my computer must be goofy because sometimes command F2 doesn't send it over to the DV input. 4. Just waiting for apple to allow 1080=] 5. Thank you for a great product!

Reviewed by JJ, Aurora NY United States, 3/8/2011
Device: - Year:

I not very satisfied. I have only sound, no image. I put my iMac 27" display at 1280 x 720 and always only sound.

Reviewed by EM, Montreal Quebec Canada, 1/6/2011
Device: - Year:

it works great. easy to install.

Reviewed by FA, Bartlett IL United States, 1/5/2011
Device: - Year:

Used it to connect PS3 to iMac and Cinema Display.

Reviewed by lg, el paso TX United States, 1/3/2011
Device: - Year:

I wanted to use this product to attach both my mac book air and a video conferencing unit to my 27" Cinema display. It works great in an either or situation but not for both. I ended up getting a KVM switch for my minidisplay port that provides the necessary 2nd minidisplay input. My misunderstanding. Great product though for what it was intended.

Reviewed by mL, Westminster CO United States, 12/16/2010
Device: - Year:

I've used it to connect my playstation 3 as well as my xbox360. It works really well, game graphics look great. my only small concern is that sometimes when I connect it I must do it in a specific order or it wont. work. In any case I highly recommend the Kanex XD

Reviewed by JC, Blezard Valley Ontario Canada, 11/11/2010
Device: - Year:

1. I used it to link a appleTV to a 27 inches Led cinema display. 2 . It worked. 3. I can't control de sound of cinema display.

Reviewed by MM, Ste-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Québec Canada, 11/11/2010
Device: - Year:

Its what i was looking for,really great, im happy with it. Downpoints:no 1400p interpol as other devices and a bit overpriced!

Reviewed by RS, Los Alcazares Murcia Spain, 9/24/2010
Device: - Year:

Share with your friends:

About UsIn The NewsTech SupportReturns
Contact UsMedia ContactRegistrationPrivacy
Reseller InquiryPress ReleaseForumsWarranty
Online CatalogCase Studies
kanex logo © 2014 Kanex. All Rights Reserved.
Connect with us
Get Kanex product updates in your inbox!