[mythtv-users] mac mini sound

Wade Maxfield mythtv at hotblack.co.nz
Sun Aug 12 22:37:19 UTC 2007

>On Aug 12, 2007, at 1:09 AM, David Campbell wrote:
>>  I have a mac mini as a FE  - it's great however I'd like to get better
>>  quality sound from it.  Currently I just use the line out into my 
>>  LCD TV
>>  - anyone got better solutions?
>>  Dave
>Are you running the frontend in OS X or Linux? I use a Griffin iMic. 
>I imagine any USB audio device would do the same thing, but the iMic 
>has good OS X support. It doesn't improve the audio a ton, but when 
>I've used the line out on a mini I have (not with MythTV, but I 
>imagine it's the same issue) I can hear the hard drive spinning on 
>the analog audio line. The USB audio of the iMic makes that stuff go 
>away. And it's a cheap solution to try and see if it helps.
>The mini has optical on the audio jacks so you can look into using 
>that, but you would need to have something that can decode the 
>optical audio coming out like a receiver with optical input. Also, I 
>don't know if it's support in the linux drivers. It might just be OS X.

David didn't say what mini he has, but only the Intel mini has the 
optical option.  The G4 mini only has analogue jacks. In which has 
you're back to a USB Audio out, or something like the PowerWave 
(which is Firewire)

  - Wade

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