New Mini won't allow me to select HDMI as audio output

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rockinrocker, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. rockinrocker macrumors 65816


    Aug 21, 2006
    Any ideas as to what the problem is here?

    The headphone out and HDMI cable both show up as options, but it won't let me change it from the headphone out.

    (and yes, the cable supports audio)

  2. c.dub macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
    Do you have speakers or headphones plugged into the headphone jack?

    I had a similar problem and had to unplug my speakers to get it to use HDMI audio. Kinda stupid IMO, but not sure why it happens.
  3. Bupkus macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    I am also having this issue.....

    New base Mac Mini....I have HDMI out to my LG HDTV and audio out to an old Audio Research. I like running music out to the amp, but Hulu, Netfix etc to the HDTV.'s the amp or nothing, unless I unplug the audio cable. Makes no sense you can't choose the audio output.
  4. mattluke macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2011
    same issue, does anyone know how to resolve this?

    I know this thread is old, but has anyone come up with a fix for this as my Late 2012 Mac Mini is having the same issue, it's connected to HDMI to use with the TV but the 3.5mm output jack is also connected to some speakers, if I have the speakers plugged in it won't let me select the HDMI output.
  5. RoyQ macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2012
    I use a USB Audio device(AS301DTS) to replace the built-in 3.5mm output jack so that I have control over this stupid Apple design since OS X 10.7.2.

    Mac mini: About HDMI audio and headphones
  6. mattluke macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2011
    Thanks Royq

    Will have to think about that, will have to weigh up having separate USB device as opposed to just pulling the jack out. Doesn't make sense

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