Mac Mini to hdtv. do i need a monitor too?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by drewdub403, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. drewdub403 macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2010
    I want to get a mac mini, however i would like to hook it to my hdtv.
    I know i have to get an adapter for the minidvi/usb to make hdmi.

    My question is... do I need a mac monitor hooked up too, or can i plug in the adapter and only use the hdmi port on my tv?

    I don't have a mac monitor nor will i buy one, so buying a mac mini ultimately depends on me being able to use my current hdmi devices instead of a monitor.

    Can anyone advise, Ive searched everywhere and can only find people using the hdmi as well as a monitor and cloning or expanding their desktop to it.
  2. nden macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    Just get a MiniDisplayPort to HDMI cable at MonoPrice and connect to your HDTV, but you get no sound through it.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Monoprice also has adapters that hook into the optical output or the USB ports to get you sound into the HDMI cable.

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