Does the 2011 Mac Mini have optical audio out??

tmanto02

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Jun 5, 2011
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Hey guys,

I have the 2011 mac mini, but I am stumped on whether it has optical audio out? I know older macs did, but have they dropped it all together?

Cheers
 

theSeb

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Aug 10, 2010
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Isn't optical the only way to get digital through a headphone jack?
The MBP, the Mini and the iMac all have digital out via the headphone jack and it is "optical", but a normal TOSlink optical cable won't work (clearly :) )

If you want to connect a standard optical TOSlink cable then you need to use an adaptor, like this

http://www.tvcables.co.uk/cgi-bin/tvcables/AD101.html?id=HTkW64FR

I should point out though that multichannel audio is not supported via this port so it's purely for stereo output. It's only supported via HDMI.
 
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Adrian97c

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Jun 29, 2015
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Yup, I used it on my 2009 mini
I was using 3.5 to stereo this whole time, but when streaming movies on my mini I want digital surround sound!

So by using the adapter posted above (3.5 to optical) I can have my wishes come true?
 

cfedu

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I was using 3.5 to stereo this whole time, but when streaming movies on my mini I want digital surround sound!

So by using the adapter posted above (3.5 to optical) I can have my wishes come true?
It's called mini toslink adapter or just get a cable with mini toslink to toslink for a cleaner look. It costs a couple buck with monoprice
 

Adrian97c

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Jun 29, 2015
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It's called mini toslink adapter or just get a cable with mini toslink to toslink for a cleaner look. It costs a couple buck with monoprice
Had to make some adjustments on kodi, but it worked! Thx!! Tho for some reason midi settings shows only 2ch, 5.1 option is greyed out.
 
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