2009 Mac Mini 5.1 Audio

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macmac13, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. macmac13 macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2013
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
  3. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    In XBMC (my favourite on a Mini), set up like this and you're probably done:
    I only leave the boost volume check off.

    Guess the receiver decodes everything without questions asked, just assign the optical input to the "source button" you like.

    You won't get DTS-HD MA with optical, but XBMC serves DTS-core (1536Kb/s) automatically on HD streams, and you won't notice the difference.
  4. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008

    FYI for the original poster - Mac Mini running OSX (even with HDMI) wont get your DTS-HD or any other HD audio. This is an intentional commission by Apple. As the author of this quoted post stated, you can get core which will work as intended with optical out of your Mac.

    Just more peanuts from the gallery and also a user of XBMC. If you want HD audio, you will need HDMI out and run another OS like Windows. There are cases where LPCM audio can run on optical out. Some people have had luck with converting HD audio streams to LPCM. As for hearing a difference - some people do and some don't. It depends on your ear and your equipment. I absolutely can hear a difference but DTS and Dolby 5.1 still sound a H3LL of a lot better than dumbed down stereo.

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