Macmini to a 1080P samsung?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hugodrax, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. hugodrax macrumors 6502a

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    Is this something that will work. How do you connect this minidisplay port to the Samsung LCD set? is there a minidisplay to HDMI or should I use the VGA adapter and plug it into the samsung via the VGA adapter?
     
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  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    pretty sure it doesnt, need an extra cable for that (3.5mm -> RCA maybe? - thats what i use)
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Or optical cable if your TV supports that. Both are good, really.
     
  5. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ahh yes optical cable!! pretty much all intel mac's support optical dont they??

    might have to check this avenue out :)
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Yes, all Macs do optical out. I have my mini sending 5.1 over optical to my receiver for my home theatre. Its the only way to go, if you can. :D
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    very interesting.. kind of sad, because the main TV just uses its speakers, it can take an optical cable - but i dont really see the advantage of the current 3.5mm -> RCA setup that's being used. might have to get a nice surround sound system :)
     
  8. chickenninja macrumors 6502

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    if you use the mini DVI then youll need to send audio over another channel, either optical or 3.5"headphone>stereo composite(red and white) your tv should have an HDMi port that is designed to take audio from another source.
    it will probably be an HDMI next to a component input, both in white outline on the back of the tv showing they are buddies. there are some connectors that will put a mini DVI video signal and an audio signal into an HDMI but youll have to go find it.
    mini display port should work the same way i have described using a mini DVI
    and dont pay more than $10 for a DVI to HDMI heres some much cheeper options http://www.hdpl.us/products/product...cs_id=1041912&p_id=4852&seq=1&format=2&style=
     
  9. chickenninja macrumors 6502

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    i also suggest sending all your signals from your computer to your tv, then send audio from your tv to your stereo.
     
  10. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    thats an odd recommendation, why wouldnt you run direct from computer to stereo??
     
  11. frimple macrumors 6502

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    My guess would be the dreaded echo effect. There's a slight delay in the sound when you run video to a TV and audio to a stereo. When sound is also going to the TV and the internal speakers are on you can hear what sounds like an echo... I suppose that's the best way to describe it.
     
  12. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Are you suggesting the TV has digital audio output? The ideal method has multiple HDMI into the AV receiver then a single HDMi out to the TV.
     
  13. jw2002 macrumors 6502

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    If you are distributing audio to your stereo, then you should disable the speakers in your tv.

    People with really fancy setups don't go for tv's with speakers in the first place. They are redundant and subpar in quality compared to getting individual components. The speakerless displays are far better and allow the user to choose whichever sound system and speaker set up they please, such as stereo vs 5.1 vs 7.1 surround sound. Just connect the mini to a decent AVR using the digital video and audio connections and then let the AVR distribute the video and audio.
     
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ok i see what your at now, why one would use the fairly bad stereo speakers from the TV when you have access to a proper stereo ill never know :confused:

    yes that was exactly my thinking!

    yes that would be awsome - great idea, when i FINALLY get a mini for the TV i will have to invest in a good quality AVR aswell (what does AVR stand for btw?? Audio Visual Reciever probably!)
     

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