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    Mac Mini's Optical Out...

    Howdy All

    I am wondering If Mac Mini's Optical out Does 5.1 In Bootcamp or Is It Just Stereo?

    Has anyone Tried This or Have any Comments on this?

    I will be using a Alpine 701 For the Processing..

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    It's just stereo unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machinehead View Post
    It's just stereo unfortunately.
    So can we hookup a processor like the ones offered by Clarion or Alpine to get a 5.1 system out of mini?
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    You won't get true 5.1 that way.

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    so any suggestion as to have the mac mini with high end sound technologies. the whole idea is to keep the carputer (mini) and see if we can have otherthings as well. Surely we do not want to pay for another unit doing the job and spending thous on that too.

    Personally I was happy to discover that the new mini has some added features in terms of audio in and out. seems that I over estimated our option.
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    An external sound card or a processor is pretty much your only option.
    Are you going to run OSX?

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    I think I will. It's has so many great things.

    so what good the guys in Apple has done with the new mini audio part? I saw intead of a analog output, now we have an optical in and the headphone jack is named analog/digital optical output.
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    Both jacks work in analog and digital optical. You just need an adapter like this for optical:


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    thanks for the photo. what i meant was that i was looking at pictures of old mini and the new one and I was wondering if they are different in terms of output. apple claims by showing and marking in macmini homepage that the new mini comes with input and output and they are optical where as the old one had only one analog output.
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    For those having questions like me in mind and seeking for a premium sound quality, the books on mp3car are excellent especially car stereo cookbook. I haven't get a hold of one, so I just read the chapter 6 which is downloadable for sample.
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