Mac Mini March 2009 - Mini Display Port Audio?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by GustyPolo, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. GustyPolo macrumors newbie

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    Hey.

    I have the 2009 Mac Mini and was wondering if the mini display port has audio output. Does anyone know? I just want to minimize the amount of cables going to my tv.

    Thanks,
     
  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    I don't believe that Apple supported audio over mini-DisplayPort until the MacBook Pros released earlier this year. I think from that point on any Macs released with mini-DisplayPort then supported audio over it. I believe in your case you need a separate audio cable.
     
  3. bzollinger macrumors 6502a

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    Everything my research discovered is that the early and late 2009 mini's don't support audio over mini display port.

    I even tried it with no go.

    So I'm running optical out to my AV reciever and mini display port to HDMI for video.

    For a second audio option I'm going to leverage the "zone 2" feature of my AV reciever.
     
  4. Thermonuclear macrumors 6502

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    I'm fairly sure that the 2009 Mac Mini (Mac Mini 3,1) will shove audio through the mini DP output -- if you're converting to HDMI and have the right cable.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/CBLMDPHDMI/

    Note that not all HDTV HDMI inputs handle audio input; this is actually a good thing for sources where the audio is carried separately.
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Mini 2009 does not have audio over MDP - it simply isn't in that iteration of the 9400m chipset.
     
  6. GustyPolo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the responses. Right now I'm just using a 3.5mm jack into my tv. I dont have an av receiver yet. I just wanted to see if I could get rid of that 3.5mm jack and then when I purchased an av reciever I could just use the optical out on my hdtv.

    In terms of getting the audio out of mdp, would it be a matter of a firmware upgrade or does the port in these machines just not have the power to move audio?
     
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    Yes, the audio ports are dual analog/digital (optical). Just plug in a mini-Toslink cable and it'll work.

    No, a firmware update will not fix your gen Mini. The NVidia chipset simply does not have audio over MDP.
     

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