Optical out on Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SpeedyUk, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. SpeedyUk macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2009
    Complete newbie to this forum - So first things first 'Hello All'

    Can anyone help me out with an optic output problem i am having with my new mac mini, I am running optical out to my Pioneer AV amp and no matter what I do I cannot get any sound? I have tried the optical lead on other devices and all is fine - and even checked to see if the mini mac is generating the red light at the other end of the lead and thats fine too?

    Really lost as how to resolve this and hopefully one of you guys might have a solution??

    Many Thanks
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Could it be the receiver? Have you tried other devices plugged into the same port? What are the receivers settings of the optical port?
  3. Digitalflick macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2002
    Sounds like you might have to select optical as the source on your receiver.
  4. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Agree with the others. Check your manual about how to get sound from that port. Some gear needs to have ports assigned to outputs (i.e. you can't get sound from that optical input until you assign it to one of the selectable outputs).
  5. SpeedyUk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2009
    Thanks for the replies guys, but no joy there - been a AV person for years and its not the settings on the amp. Can pull one optical lead out and loose sound from the DVD and then plug in the mini and no sounds at all.

    Really pulling my hair out on this and at 37 with male pattern baldness, i can't afford to do this much more.

    Any ideas gratefully received....
  6. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    If you're certain the problem is not on the receiver end, have you checked the Mini's output settings? If so, what are they?
  7. SpeedyUk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2009
    Do you know it was the amp after all - and there's me a complete newbie questioning the mini??? suppose i will learn - thanks for all the help guys , much appreciated.
  8. healeydave macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2008
    out of interest what was the problem?

    I am trying to discover the best way for a mate of mine to connect the mini's optical out to a sony surround stand.

    Doing it all blind, apart from a pdf he mailed me :)

    The sony stand seems to have an optical input on the stand, but as its not an amp like yours, if it doesnt work, I'm not sure if there are any settings to be messed with.

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