[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.
>
>-Brad
>

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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