Mac-Mini: Need Dual Audio Outputs

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by visvaldis, May 7, 2014.

  1. visvaldis macrumors member

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    I'd like to hook up my new Mac-Mini to my stereo and to the desktop speakers, but tough to do with only one audio out.
    I've done this with my G4, it has two audio outs.
    I've checked at Amazon if an adapter for dual outputs is available, found nothing. Does anyone know where I can get one. I assume that such an adapter exists.
     
  2. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

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    Lots of adapters available for a couple of bucks, male or female output. I have a few for connection to TV audio-in or sterio depending on where I have the mini.

    For example, not recommending the brand it was just the first thing that came up on Google

    Jack to RCA
     
  3. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    As others mentioned, there are switches out there that can be used. Alternatively, you might be able to go direct to your stereo through the designated audio out and then hook up USB speakers to your desk top. Catch with the latter is you have to on the computer switch between the two.

    Depending on your stereo (receiver), some allow for network connection to "media files" if they are advertised (DLNA) on the network. As well, there are Thunderbolt and other "boxes" with multiple outs including audio. Often, you can find Thunderbolt out, Firewire out and USB3 out and then on some, audio out.
     
  4. Chrisbbarnes macrumors newbie

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    dual audio out

    Just type '3.5 jack splitter' in Google and you will get a load of options from $0.83 upwards. This will do the trick. I haven't used mine on a mini but have used it on every other device since the eighties with a headphone jack.
     
  5. blanka macrumors 68000

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    If the Stereo has HDMI input, you could use that as well.
     
  6. wwohl macrumors regular

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    I think there are USB to audio adapters as well
     
  7. wlossw macrumors 6502a

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    I suggest an external USB dac... not too pricey and you can also enjoy better audio quality all around...
     

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