Audio output on the mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Whackintosh, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Whackintosh macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2009
    Montreal, Quebec
    Have read several reports on the 2009 mini's audio (using external speakers) having crackles and distortion, yet I'm not seeing much of that here. Is everyone happy with the sound from their mini?
  2. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    I have a last gen mini and everything audio wise is fine, just using standard 3.5 outputs too, if anything audio quality should have improved, i remember the nvidia audiochipsets being pretty revered back when i was mostly a PC user.
  3. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Nvidia Soundstorm was discontinued back in like 2002 or so. I don't think they've done anything with sound since then.
  4. DolsJ macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2008
    I have a 2009 mini and I haven't had any issues with the sound. I've run it to an external 5.1 system both over analog RCA cables (DolbyProLogic) and digital optical toslink.

    On thing to note when using a digital connection the Mini doesn't send a constant audio signal so I sometimes miss the first fraction of a second of sound as it takes my decoder that long to kick on but I suspect that is an issue with the recievier not with the mini and its of little impact anyway.
  5. sombrenouille macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2009
    Belleville, Paris

    I hear rather loud cracks through the speakers about 2-3 times a day. They sound like an electric problem, a bad contact or maybe electrostatic ? I'm not much of an engineer I'm afraid. Still it's annoying.

    I hope this doesn't end up in warranty repair.
  6. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Could be anything using the same electrical circuit as your computer. Thermostats turning on or off, light switches, pretty much anything...
  7. jbaugher macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    Audio Out Mac Mini 2ch not Dolby 5.1

    I have set up my new early Mac Mini with toslink optical to my Denon Reciever. I only get 2 ch stereo output from anything I play. In my midi settings I only see 2 ch no other settings for audio. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong or missing?

    mac mini 2.26 4GB 320GB HDD.
  8. sngx1275 macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2009
    My 09 Mini has no problems with the audio, I'm running the optical to a Sony 6.1 reciever.

    Oddly enough though, I recently gave my old mini (core duo 1.83) to my mom, and in both Windows XP and Leopard the audio will die if you plug in external speakers (was working fine when I had it, although I only used optical). You can unplug them right afterwards too and the audio doesn't come back. Anyone heard of that happening?

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