Mac Mini & HDMI Sound

By Dan Hinckley

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been testing out a Mac Mini entertainment system.  I don’t watch nearly as much TV as the average individual and since I discovered that ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPNU are all available as streaming products through Verizon Fios, I decided I should test out a system that I would rely on should I cut the cable cord.  After I’ve had a significant exposure to the setup I’ll provide a full review with how it works, what I’ve setup, and how much money I’ll save in the first year of cutting my cable and plugging in a Mac Mini.

One of the problems I had to overcome when I was first setting up my Mac Mini entertainment system was getting the sound to run through the HDMI cable and out my speakers.  By default OS X Snow Leopard relies on its internal speakers even when an HDMI cable is plugged into the computer.  This is something I hope Apple will fix in OS X Lion as it would save many individuals some headache.

After pondering as to why the sound wasn’t coming out of my television, I remembered that when I plugged in my USB headphones that I had to make a few configuration changes before I could get them working.  I then fired up System Preferences and navigate to Sound.

Next, I selected the Output tab and noticed the HDMI option.  I had found the answer to my problem.  Selecting the HDMI option for Sound quickly turned my Mac Mini entertainment system into the sound giant I was expecting.  Not being able to hear sound through my television or speaker system would have ruined mi experiment and I would be stuck with cable television for ever.  Stay tuned for more details about how the Mac Mini works as an Entertainment Center and if cutting the cable is a good idea for you!

About Dan Hinckley
Dan Hinckley is an experienced Mac user who converted to Apple products when they introduced them on Intel Processors. He loves helping others get more out of their devices! Subscribe to to get the latest from Dan and the Maciverse Team!! Find out more about Dan:

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