I need to know whether the speaker inside the Mac mini 2011 2.3 GHz is loud enough and clear enough to enable a motivated person to use the mini to watch (i.e., hear) a movie. I could probably give it a test drive at my local Apple Store, but the store would probably have enough background noise from people talking to make the results inapplicable to a quiet apartment. For reference, the speaker(s) built into the iPad 2 are to my ears more than adequate for movie watching. The speakers in my 2006-vintage gen-one Macbook, though "half as loud" as the iPad 2's, are also loud enough to allow a sufficiently motivated person to watch a movie with them. A reply that I really should plan on getting external speakers or headphones would be of no use to me because my purpose is to make sure that if I buy a Mac mini to help me be productive, I am not even going to be TEMPTED to use the device to watch movies if I do not have any headphones or speaker cables in my home. I would also be interested in creative suggestions as to how I might inexpensively render the speaker permanently mute without pulling the whole device apart. I have seen videos of the device being pulled apart and despair of my being able to put it back together again without breaking anything.