How to Play 5.1 Surround With the Mac Mini

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How to Play 5.1 Surround With the Mac Mini
Connect your surround sound to the Mac Mini (computer speakers image by sarit saliman from

The Mac Mini is a small Mac that is nothing more than a cube roughly the size of a brick. No monitor, keyboard or mouse is provided, but you do have the Mac OS X operating system and all the other essential hardware features of a standard Mac. It is just up to you to include the other equipment. This includes your speakers, and if you intend on playing video games or movies on the Mac Mini you may want to attach a 5.1 surround sound system to the computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mac Mini
  • 5.1 computer surround sound system

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  1. 1

    Set the subwoofer of the 5.1 sound system on the floor near the Mac Mini. You don't want the speaker on the same table as the Mac because it tends to vibrate and can distract you while using the computer.

  2. 2

    Connect the five satellite speakers into the back of the subwoofer. The subwoofer sends the power and the audio information to the speakers (when using a computer 5.1 surround sound system). A cable running from the speaker plugs into the back or the subwoofer.

  3. 3

    Plug the "Audio In" cable running from the subwoofer into the "Audio Out" port on the back of the Mac Mini. This port looks just like the headphones port on your portable music device.

  4. 4

    Power on the subwoofer. This sends power to the rest of the speakers. Turn on your Mac Mini and all the audio now plays over the speaker system.

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