Mac Mini digital optical port?? where is it

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by th3g1z, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I just got my first Mac.. a Mac Mini.. I'm a long time Windows/Linux user but I thought I'd chart some uncharted territory.. anyway.. some issues..

    I had read on apple.com that it says on http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html

    "Built-in speakers, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/headphone out"

    But on the back of my mac mini I only have a headphone output jack and the same for the input, where is the optical output... how would I make this work with my 5.1 surround sound system? Right now its just in Stereo mode which is driving me nuts b/c its not taking full capability of my sound system

    Is there something I'm missing? Or is there some kind of USB adapter that can give me a real optical/coax digital output?

    Thanks in advance for any help
     
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    Eidorian

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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    awesome thanks man... hey another quick question that maybe you know the answer to, or anyone for that matter...

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...d=10423&cs_id=1042301&p_id=966&seq=1&format=2

    thats a digital optical cable splitter, does anyone know how that works? is there a switch or something to designate which input you want to use or do you just only turn 1 input on at a time? what happens if both inputs are live will they both play simultaneously?
     
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    Leon Kowalski

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    "This device allows you to connect one toslink optical digital audio source device
    to two different receiving devices such as a A/V receiver and a television. This
    adapter is designed to split a single signal into two. It will not combine two signals
    into one. It is generally a one direction adapter.

    If you need to have two source devices go into a single input on a reciever, then
    you need a switch. In that case try PID# 2946."



    ...when all else fails, READ the product description,

    LK
     

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