I have already disabled the mini from sleeping because that is a nightmare to wake back up, sometimes having to power off/on. So this is just when I let my displays go to sleep. Every time I wake them up I notice the sound icon in the status bar has gone gray. Reboot/logoff does not fix this, I have to pull out my mini and unplug/replug my 3.5 speaker jack and it's fine again. Never goes out during use. Does OS X have some sort of low power mode that engages between full sleep and full on? This "Macs just work" line hasn't been my experience so far. Any ideas?