Digital Audio out of a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Pak^Man, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. Pak^Man macrumors regular

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    Columbus, OH
    #1
    Hello,
    I have been searching the forums for information on this, but have only found incomplete leads.

    How can I get Digital Audio out of my G4 mini? Has anyone done that?

    I am trying to integrate the mini into my home theater, and would like to get 5.1 sound out of that for my DVDs, Rips, etc.... and also pipe my music over a digital cable.

    I know the Mini's audio jack doubles as a Digital out, and I could get that to pipe audio into my receiver's toshlink jack, but I cannot find any cables that would provide a digital 8mm jack in one end and a toshlink or coax jack on the other..... any ideas?

    Alternatively, are there any USB or Firewire sound cards that could help me. I found one by Griffin, but that is meant to connect to 5.1 PC speakers, and does not give a digital toshlink or coax output. Are there any out there that I could use to do this?? :(

    I would greatly appreciate your help!

    Thanks!!! :cool:
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    #2
    I'm pretty sure the G4 Mini only had analog audio, not digital optical.
     
  3. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

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    #3
    According to this G4 Mini Developer Note, it does NOT appear that the audio output
    jack on a G4 Mini provides digital out -- however, I'm not at all sure that this info
    applies to all G4 Mini versions.

    If you're sure your Mini has an analog/digital 'combo jack', 1/8" Toslink adapters
    and adapter-cables are readily available. Most RadioShack stores carry them, or
    you can buy them online from MonoPrice.com.

    Those are easy to find -- search for "USB audio" on Newegg.com, Amazon.com,
    or Monoprice.com.

    good luck,

    LK
     

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