Does the 2011 Mac Mini have optical audio out??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tmanto02, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. tmanto02 macrumors 65816

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    Hey guys,

    I have the 2011 mac mini, but I am stumped on whether it has optical audio out? I know older macs did, but have they dropped it all together?

    Cheers
     
  2. iRockSteady macrumors newbie

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    Negative -- just upgrade the RAM and you're good to go.
     
  3. tmanto02 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry I'm confused, how will adding more ram give me optical audio lol?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Isn't optical the only way to get digital through a headphone jack?
     
  5. theSeb, Apr 30, 2012
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    The MBP, the Mini and the iMac all have digital out via the headphone jack and it is "optical", but a normal TOSlink optical cable won't work (clearly :) )

    If you want to connect a standard optical TOSlink cable then you need to use an adaptor, like this

    http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/AD101.html?id=HTkW64FR

    I should point out though that multichannel audio is not supported via this port so it's purely for stereo output. It's only supported via HDMI.
     
  6. Darby67 macrumors 6502

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    Both Dolby and DTS 5.1 are supported
     
  7. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Really? Thanks for the correction.
     
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  9. Adrian97c macrumors newbie

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    Does this apply to early 09' macmini?
     
  10. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    Yup, I used it on my 2009 mini
     
  11. Adrian97c macrumors newbie

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    I was using 3.5 to stereo this whole time, but when streaming movies on my mini I want digital surround sound!

    So by using the adapter posted above (3.5 to optical) I can have my wishes come true?
     
  12. cfedu macrumors 65816

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    It's called mini toslink adapter or just get a cable with mini toslink to toslink for a cleaner look. It costs a couple buck with monoprice
     

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