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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 4:16 pm    Post subject: Optical Out/Surround Sound Questions Reply with quote

I'd like to utilize the optical out on my MM HTPC for surround sound. Right now I simply have a set of Bose speakers connected to the 1/8" headphone jack. I've never had surround sound nor used the optical out so don't mind my inexperience. What can I get for under $200? Do I also need an adapters of any kind? Can I build onto this Bose set and still go optical? I'd prefer 5/1 if I can afford it.

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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are probably not going to find computer speakers with an optical input, anymore. I believe Logitech used to make a set called Z5500 that had an optical input. However, I haven't seen them for some time, so I would guess they are out of production. Typically, the optical output on the Mini is utilized with a surround sound receiver, or home theater, if you will. I have a semi-retired Mini hooked to an older Yamaha 5.1 system. Although it's getting up there in age; when I do use it, it works just as if it were new. Most surround systems are now 7.1, with a price that is above what you want to spend. You might be able to find a lower end 5.1 system for just a little more than the $200.00 you stated. A quick search came up with these lower end Sony's.

http://www.google.com/search?tbm=shop&tbs=cat:252,pdtr0:714967%7C714968,pdtr1:715008%7C715009&q=home%20theater%20system&ei=SoLdTYeeG4WOwQW8hqH-DA&sa=badge&ved=0CAUQtw4

Hope this is of some help.
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would need to get a adapter to hook up the TOSLink cable to the mini, or a custom cable that has the mini optical on one end and a regular optical connection on the other end.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, there is some shop who send to spain this kind of cable??

Excuse my bad english Embarassed
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow no wonder why people are having issues with the sound cutting out with this adapter your trying to do surround sound on a non surround sound sound card
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
Wow no wonder why people are having issues with the sound cutting out with this adapter your trying to do surround sound on a non surround sound sound card


I am not sure what issue you might be referring to but the adapter simply allows you to put a standard optical input into the jack. It sends out a digital signal which your receiver will interpret into surround. I have had this setup for years without problems.


@ Mnlt2000: Ebay has them.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
Wow no wonder why people are having issues with the sound cutting out with this adapter your trying to do surround sound on a non surround sound sound card


The sound card built-in most current macs, including the mini, will supports both DTS 5.1 and DD 5.1 surround sound; this has been the case for several years. There have only been a few models that don't include it.

The adapters out there work well, and as designed, to turn the minijack port into a Toslink connection.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mnlt2000 wrote:
Hello, there is some shop who send to spain this kind of cable??

Excuse my bad english Embarassed


Bienvenidos Mnlt2000,

Encontré estas adaptadores 3.5mm minijack a Toslink, no pude encontrar los cables:

Página 1

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:57 am    Post subject: Yamaha YHT-395BL Reply with quote

I just setup the Yamaha YHT-395BL Home Theater system on my macmini3,1 (2009 I think) using a Toslink cable from monoprice.com. Sounds fantastic!

I see it on Amazon for as low as $299:

http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-YHT-393BL-Channel-System-Black/dp/B003CP0KAA/ref=pd_cp_e_3

and

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SL4ADA

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ez061111 wrote:
Mnlt2000 wrote:
Hello, there is some shop who send to spain this kind of cable??

Excuse my bad english Embarassed


Bienvenidos Mnlt2000,

Encontré estas adaptadores 3.5mm minijack a Toslink, no pude encontrar los cables:

Página 1

Página 2

Lo siento por mi Castellano, no he practicado hace mucho tiempo. ˇSuerte!


I am at the level of un poco espanol It is nice that a member has more command and is willing to help. phil
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