Mac Mini HTPC Setup???

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MWillis561, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. MWillis561 macrumors member

    MWillis561

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    Okay, so I've got a little bit of a problem/inquiring.

    Right now I'm running an Apple TV into an HDMI switcher and then running that straight to my Vizio TV through HDMI. Everything works great (sound/audio).

    So I'm looking to run my Mac Mini straight to my TV also so I can run a little more complex HTPC with Plex and other things. My problem occurs when trying to get the audio to my TV. On my Vizio I do not have any audio ports associated with a HDMI input. Basically if I want my video to come in through the HDMI port, audio will need to come in through that as well. I know that the mac mini can't output audio through the DVI since it doesn't support audio.

    My question is, is there a device or receiver that will take a HDMI signal and optical audio signal, combine them, and output them into 1 HDMI signal which will go straight to the TV, both Audio and Video?

    Please ask questions if you need more info.
     
  2. jbcandkc macrumors member

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  3. MWillis561 thread starter macrumors member

    MWillis561

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    Yeah it looks like from the reviews that it doesn't work with mac's too well. Obviously with wanting to make this an HTPC setup I will need to find a solution that will work with a non compliant HDCP setup.
     
  4. jbcandkc macrumors member

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    I have a 40" Sony LCD and an old G4 Mac Mini. I have a Directv DVR plugged in via HDMI but I use a DVI to VGA adapter and a VGA cable to connect the Mini and a 1/8" mini plug for stereo audio. Works pretty good for what I use it for. Does your Vizio have any other inputs?
     
  5. MWillis561 thread starter macrumors member

    MWillis561

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    It has 2 composite, 2 component, 2 hdmi and 1 vga. The problem is, that it doesn't have any audio inputs that work with the hdmi inputs (which I would like to use do to the quality of HDMI.

    Since it looks like I would have to spend some money on a box that converts DVI and toslink --> HDMI (and it doesn't even do a good job at that). I figure I might as well buy a cheap home theater speaker setup which should work perfectly with what I'm trying to do. I found the Sony CT100 which is has a small enough profile, good sound and a low price tag which should work perfectly.

    If anybody else has any other good solutions I would love to hear about them. Thanks.
     
  6. srexy macrumors 6502a

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    I think you've come up with the best solution right there.
     

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