Buying New Mac Mini Need Advice !

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SamTheeGeek, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. SamTheeGeek macrumors 6502

    SamTheeGeek

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    Hey Members ,

    I Would like to purchase the New Mac Mini to hook it up on my Sony HDTV and sony surround sound so

    Can i hook up an Optical Audio Cable from the mac mini to my home theater and an HDMI cable to my tv directly from the mac mini ?


    Thank you
     
  2. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Yea, you can do that.

    You could just plug the Mac Mini into the surround system if your setup has a digital amplifier and the HDMI ports. By-passing the surround system to plug into the TV is a bit of a waste I guess.
     
  3. SamTheeGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well my home theater is all Sony and it has a technology called Bravia Sync which basically means they all work together perfectly.

    for example the setup on my Ps3 is HDMI to my TV , Optical Cable to my Surround System Home Theater, so i get audio from my home theater and video from my tv ofcourse.

    i wanna do exactly the same thing with the mac mini , if possible can anyone please link me the cables i should buy ?
     
  4. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Ok then...

    Cause well, I got my PS3 plugged into my Sony amplifier/receiver which goes to my Sony Bravia :p Single cable between each device - whole reason for HDMI.

    But, if you want to do what you're currently doing for the Mac Mini, you'll need another HDMI cable, and a Toslink optical cable with a 2.5mm connector/plug on one end.
     
  5. SamTheeGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    aha cool , how many HDMI spots you got on your amplifier / receiver ? because i only got one which connects to my bravia screen so i can watch dvd movies on my home theater. i guess i got a different model. anyways

    can you please send me a link of those products so i can see what they looks like and do i get degraded quality adding the connector and all that ?
     
  6. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    From memory, 3 HDMI inputs, and 1 HDMI output to connect to the TV.

    This is a Toslink cable with 2.5mm mini jack
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    The long part goes into the Mac Mini's dual headphone/optical port.

    There's no degrade in quality using this. It's just an optical cable/port. Only degradation would be because of a dodgy cable but that's less than likely.
     
  7. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Yep, that's perfectly fine... and such a nice colour too :p
     
  8. SamTheeGeek thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hehe :p popped up when i searched amazon :p


    Thanks for all your help dude :) appreciate it ,

    funny thing yesterday when i spoke to apple, they didn't know exactly how to connect the optical cable to the mac mini they just told me get the optical cable and it should work , in my mind im like how the hell does that fit inside the mac mini speaker jack ??? o_O
     

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