Mac Mini connected to 50' HDTV

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by pilotkid, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. pilotkid macrumors 6502a

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    How would I connect and would the Mac Mini be able to handle projecting images onto a 50 inch HDTV? I'm thinking about getting a MacMini and making it kinda like a Apple TV, so I want the picture to be as clear as possible. Would this work well? Thanks in advance for your help!!!
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Dude, there's hundreds of users in here that have their minis as HTPC. Go with mini displayport to HDMI.
     
  3. pilotkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your quick reply! Would the Mini Display Port to HDMI give me a good enough quality to witch iTunes content on the tv?
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Yeah. I use this setup on a 37" HDTV in my room using Plex app.
     
  5. pilotkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool, thanks for your help!
     
  6. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    That is my exact setup--Mini serving as HTPC connected to 50" 1080p Samsung Plasma via mini-DVi to HDMI and picture quality is great.
     
  7. 300D macrumors 65816

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    An HDTV is nothing more than a big computer monitor. They are actually a lower resolution than a normal 23-30" monitor, so your mini will have no trouble at all powering it.
     
  8. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    I don't know 300, he's trying to power a 50 foot HDTV. That may have higher resolution. ;)
     
  9. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Or it has 3.67pixles per inch. Will the bluetooth keyboard and mouse reach the 225' "optimal viewing distance" for a screen that size?
     
  10. Amigalander macrumors regular

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    Would the optimal viewing distance really be 225 feet for a 50 foot TV? How did you calculate that?

    On a more serious note, most home theater items such as a DVD player or cable TV box have multiple audio outs which makes it easy to connect to both a TV and a receiver for surround sound.

    For example, my DVD has:
    -HDMI (audio)
    -Toslink / optical
    -Coaxial / digital
    -standard red/white analog audio

    The challenges with a Mac Mini:
    -How do you get digital audio into the TV?
    -How do you get audio into a TV and a receiver simultaneously?

    Since some (most?) TVs do not have digital audio inputs, your choices are either analog, or some complex adapter that combines audio and mini display port into HDMI such as this KANEX adapter. But then if you use the audio out port on the Mac Mini for this adapter, how do you get audio into a receiver?

    So let's say you use the USB audio KANEX adapter. Can you get audio from both the audio out jack and the USB port at the same time?

    Has anyone tried the KANEX adapter or something similar? How did you get audio to your TV?
     
  11. pilotkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So now this brings up the question, am I going to have issues getting surround sound from my Mac Mini? My set up goes as follows. Everything is plugged into a receiver via HDMI and digital audio cables. The TV, PS3, DVD Player, and Cable Box are all plugged into the receiver. I think I'm out of inputs on my receiver so I was going to plug my Mac Mini into the tv and have the tv carry over the sound but what do I use to get the Mac Minis sound to the tv. The DVI-HDMI connector wont do the sound as well as the video will it?
     
  12. Amigalander macrumors regular

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  13. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    No, DVI doesn't carry audio.
     
  14. Amigalander macrumors regular

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    The KANEX adapter I linked to above does. It combines DVI + audio --> HDMI.
     
  15. xlii macrumors 68000

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    His TV is bigger than my house!!!
     
  16. zerohp macrumors member

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    I'm using the previous model 2.26 Mac Mini with the 9400M on a Pioneer Elite 60" Plasma. Works perfect with no additional software to set the display mode.

    It offers 1920x1080, 24 Hz (24p blu-ray uses this mode) as well as two different settings of 1920x1080 60 Hz. The difference between these two duplicate entires is not apparent in the display menu or control panel, but the TV correctly shows one as 1080i and the other as 1080p.

    Long story short, it works perfectly. The only thing I bought was a mini-Toslink to Toslink cable for the audio to my stereo and a DVI to HDMI cable.
     
  17. pilotkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Its 50 inch's I just put the wrong symbol after the 50:rolleyes:
     
  18. pilotkid thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thats the same TV I'm hooking up my Mac Mini too except mines 50 inch's not 60.
     
  19. rfanch3r macrumors newbie

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  20. BoingR6 macrumors newbie

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    I think I'm trying the same type of connection as yours, but just need to confirm.

    I currently have the mini connected (video wise) via the mini's provided cable to an HDMI adapter and then connected to my LCD TV.

    For the audio portion I'd like to connect to my Onkyo HT-S790 receiver, which has optical. I've read from here and keep seeing this cable: Toslink to mini, 3.0m.

    I'm currently looking at this cable from monoprice, http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10229&cs_id=1022902&p_id=1557&seq=1&format=2. Is this the right cable?

    Thanks!
     
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  22. zerohp macrumors member

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    Just a word of warning, as with any plasma do not leave static elements on the screen for a long period of time. Like the menu bar or dock. You can get short term image retention, but if you use it like a desktop for several hours you can burn the phosphors with bright images that will take a very long time to fade.

    I use my mac mini only to watch online tv shows and streaming movies in full screen. If you want to use it to browse the web in your living room you might want to consider an LCD TV instead. I may be overly cautious with image retention and burn-in but its one of the few ways that can damage the amazing picture these sets have.

    I made a screensaver using Quartz Composer that cycles full screen solid Red, Green and Blue like the recommended break-in slides from AVSForum. If you would like that I can post a link to it later today if you want.
     
  23. BoingR6 macrumors newbie

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    Hi zero,

    thanks for all the great info.
    I'm planning to use to watch streamed video, or videos stored on the mini. Not planning on using it as a monitor. Although I have an LCD, so hopefully that will be better.

    I'll take that link when you get a chance, but do explain.

    THanks!
     
  24. zerohp macrumors member

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    You have nothing to worry about with an LCD. The technology is completely different, my comment was directed at pilotkid with his Pioneer Kuro. Using my screen saver would just be a waste of electricity for you.
     

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