Is there optical out on a 2010 Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by les24preludes, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. les24preludes macrumors member

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    I'm confused as to what digital outputs there are on a 2010 Mac Mini. The 4 USB and Firewire 800 are obvious but is there an optical out that can be connected to a DAC? I can't see any way to connect a toslink cable. the Everymac site says -

    Connectivity includes an HDMI and a Mini DisplayPort, a Firewire "800" port, four USB 2.0 ports, combined "audio line in (digital/analog)" and combined "audio line out/headphone (digital/analog)" minijacks, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, in addition to an SD (SDXC) card slot.

    So where is the alleged "audio line out digital/analog"? Surely a stereo minijack isn't compatible with a Toslink cable? Or is this something to do with the HDMI output? Is it a case of an adapter? And what settings are used in "Preferences - Sound"?

    Please help me see the light here!

    Andy
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  3. les24preludes thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks - I see, an adapter. Does the optical signal actually go through the end of the mini-jack then?

    So if you plug in an optical cable, does that output then appear in Preferences - Sound?

    andy
     
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yes the 1/8 end has a hole that the light passes through. just plug it into the mini. then check preferences sound for the optical/headphone option
     
  5. les24preludes thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes - I'm in UK and they have these on ebay. Must order one. Thanks!

    andy
     

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