On the brink of buying a Mac mini. Questions.

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  1. McPaul

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    Chiefly, I want to know this.
    the mini doesn't have an optical out.
    it does have an "airport" which is a wireless device that connects to my amp with an optical out.

    1. because I'm buying a 'new' mac mini with BT and Airport built in, do I need ANY other piece besides an optical cable to make this 'airport' thing work?

    2. how does this affect the sound?

    3. is there anything I can hook to my SB Live card (PC) so that I can connect it to my amp and get digital music?

    In case you haven't gathered yet, I'm looking to play iTunes music on my home stereo. I've hears that this is easier to do on a mac, and this is one of the main reasons I'm looking to buy a mac.

    Thanks.
     
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    The optical cable you need is a little different than the standard square end TOSLINK. One end has to be a mini pin optical connector, which is the same diameter as an analog minipin connector (1/8") but slightly longer to engage the optical jack that is located slightly deeper into the hole on the Airport Express (The optical and an analog jack use the same hole).

    Sound quality should in theory be better than you were to connect with analog. The streaming I've heard no complaints about.

    The Airport Express WILL work with a PC running iTunes and a wireless network, though on my particular setup it was a rather roundabout setup.
     
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    The Airport Express also works on a wired network, although it would occasionally "skip" on the PC I tried. No problems with a wired Mac.

    The mini-to-optical cable that Guo mentioned is included in the AirPort Express Stereo Connection Kit with Monster Cables. You might be able to find that cable cheaper elsewhere.

    One other option to consider is a USB audio device with optical out that you connect directly to the Mac mini. This would be less expensive overall, but not as flexible.
     
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    Thanks guys, ordered, can't wait!

    I need a receiver now, with enough optical and component video ins! My ONkyo 575tx just doesn't cut it for my growing system!
     

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