How to Connect a Mac Mini to an Onkyo 7.1 System

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How to Connect a Mac Mini to an Onkyo 7.1 System
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The Mac Mini is a full-fledged computer despite its tiny size and includes an HDMI output that desktop Macs don’t possess. You can connect a Mac Mini to an Onkyo 7.1 system using the HDMI connection that is also found on home theatre systems like the Onkyo to channel a high-definition image. The Mac Mini’s optical audio out is then connected to the Onkyo’s optical audio in for channelling surround sound. The set-up procedure is straightforward and does not require any expertise in how HDMI works.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • HDMI cable
  • mini-jack-to-optical audio cable
  • High-definition TV

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the Mac Mini. Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into the first HDMI port on the Onkyo.

  2. 2

    Insert the mini-jack end of the mini-jack-to-optical audio cable into the line output port on the Mac Mini. Insert the other end of the mini-jack-to-optical audio cable into the first optical port on the Onkyo.

  3. 3

    Turn on the high-definition TV that the Onkyo is already attached to. Press the “On” button on the remote to turn on the Onkyo. Press the “Menu” button on the remote.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the “Video” setting in the on-screen menu. Select “HDMI 1” from the list of choices presented below “Video.”

  5. 5

    Navigate to the “Audio” setting in the on-screen menu. Select “Optical 1” from the list of choices presented below "Audio." Press the “Menu” button on the remote to exit the Menu.

  6. 6

    Turn on the Mac Mini. Select “System Preferences” from the “Apple” drop-down menu. Select the "Sound” icon in the “System Preferences” window.

  7. 7

    Click on the “Output” tab in the top of the window that appears. Select “Digital Out” from the list of choices presented below “Output.” Return to the “System Preferences” window by clicking the left arrow at the upper left of the window.

  8. 8

    Click on the “Displays” icon. Click on the “Display” tab at the top of the window that appears. Select “1900x1080” from the list of choices presented beneath “Display.” Close “System Preferences” by clicking the red button at the upper left corner of the window.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use the inexpensive, low-quality HDMI cable that is often included with home theatre systems--purchase a high-quality HDMI cable to ensure that you are getting the most stable data signal.

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