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    Question Mac mini surround sound?
    Is there an easy way to get surround sound on my mac mini? Then i mean 5.1 and supporting 4 speakers...

    By the way: The mac mini is excellent but I hope it has surround
    Im running leopard if that has something to say...

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    The Intel models do have 5.1 support, not sure about the G4 models. Your speakers have to be optical though. 5.1 support from the Mini is only with optical, you can't plug in a set up analog 5.1 speakers.
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    To find out if you have optical out go to; System Preferences, Sound and then click on the 'Output' button.

    If Digital Out is listed then you're set.

    Mac's only support this Digital Out for 5.1 output as Stretch has mentioned. The most common set of speakers that use this would be the Logitech Z-5500.

    You will also need a 3.5mm>TOSlink adapter.

    If on the other hand you have an analogue set of surround speakers, have a look for a USB external soundcard that is Mac Compatible.

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    The sound system is optical yes. And I have an Intel 2,3 or so...
    So what you guys mean is that if I can plug my mac mini into my 4 speakers with and optical cable then I'll be able to have surround sound?

    Thx 4 quick reply

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    What you're describing is a quadrophonic setup , with that setup you will not experience true surround sound, which is either 5.1 or 7.1 etc.

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    So there is no way to get surround?

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    No, no... I didn't say that, but from your post I understand that you have 4 speakers to connect.
    I can tell you, you'll never be able to get 5.1 surround sound with only 4 speakers, you need 5 satellite speakers an 1 subwoofer, hence the "5.1".

    This should be the setup for Dolby® 5.1 ...


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    I am very sorry, mate. I have 4 big speakers, 1 small in the front and a subwoffer in the front too. And that is 5.1. And a 100' big screen

    But you agree with me that I can use this for an optical plug... StarTech.com - Digital audio adapter - TOSLINK: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

    And maybe this for sound on the TV: Hama Connection Cable MP3, 3.5mm Jack to 2 RCA , 2m: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

    And ofc i use the apple mini-dvi to HDMI.

    So you think that might work?

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    Looks like you're all set to go, have fun!

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