Getting 5.1 audio out of a Mac Mini

Blog | Jun. 21, 2009

“Why does it keep getting quieter?” a special lady friend asked while listening to a Genesis 5.1 audio DVD on my Mac Mini media PC.

After some digging, I found this, which I hadn’t realized:

To turn on 5.1 audio in Apple’s DVD player, Choose DVD Player > Preferences, and then click Disc Setup. At the bottom of that window, change the Audio output setting to “digital out” and (very important) check the box next to “Disable Dolby dynamic range compression.” Voila! Your DVD’s 5.1 sound is now streaming out of your Mac Mini.

Thanks to HVY TK’s how to enable 5.1 sound output from a Mac Mini and Jen for bringing over music about settings on the Mellotron and mowing the lawn.


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