New optical out behaviour with the newer minis

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by eklof, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. eklof macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    I use the mini as HTPC and have a receiver with optical input. My old 2007 mac mini booted up and immediately after bootup the receiver switched from analog to optical in the display. And then stayed that way all the time.

    The new and shiny 2012 mac mini behaves slightly different. It seem to stay analog until there is something playing, then there is a 1-2 second lag until the receiver switched over to optical and start sounding :)

    I assume this is by design, but why? Must be mW to save so power saving can't be it. I can probably live with it but I would rather activate it all the time.

    Does anyone know anything about this?
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    i use a usb dac sorry

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