Do I need a receiver/amp for surround sound with mac mini 2010

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by hankkosovo, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. hankkosovo macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2009
    As the title says basically, I'm pretty confused by surround sound?
  2. whitenight007 macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2010
    surround sound

    you can buy a usb powered 5.1 or 7.1 sound card from best buy or other store but you dont "need" to have a amp or reciever i use one for games but its not needed just the 5.1 sound card or 7.1
  3. hankkosovo thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2009
    Doesn't the 2010 mini come with a built in 5.1 sound card?
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    the audio out jack on the mini is also optical, you will need some sort of amplifier that will take an optical input. (can be in powered speakers, but you sill need an amp)

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