I'm thinking of getting a mac mini, which only supports 5.1 sound using its optical connector. My speakers don't take optical audio - just six channels of analog audio. I'd like to ask how to get around that, but it doesn't seem to fit on serverfault, stackoverflow or superuser. Where would I ask about home audio setup?

  • audio.stackexchange.com
    – nvl
    Apr 6, 2010 at 15:27
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42373/…
    – Jon Seigel
    Apr 6, 2010 at 15:28
  • @nvl: that might be a little young.
    – user27414
    Apr 6, 2010 at 15:28
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    @Jon - it's not that it's young, it's that it's dead (nothing since October 14th 2009). Apr 6, 2010 at 15:44
  • @ChrisF: looks good - care to phrase it as an answer? :-) @nvl: yeah, as Jon B said, users are probably a bit thin on the ground there.
    – Simon
    Apr 6, 2010 at 15:44

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Sound Design Mod Edit This answer is no longer correct (hasn't been for over 6 years) - consumer audio is explicitly off topic on Sound Design

For future reference, you can now ask these kind of questions on the Audio Recording and Production StackExchange site.

Audio Recording and Production has been merged into Sound Design.

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    Is this actually on topic there? It doesn't sound like it should be, it's got nothing to do with recording or production.
    – Aarobot
    Jan 15, 2011 at 20:00
  • It's not squarely on-topic, but audio hardware questions generally do get answered.
    – BenV
    Jan 15, 2011 at 20:12
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    ARP is dead. HT&A might live, though. May 21, 2014 at 17:42
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    Doesn't exist. Do you mean Sound.StackExchange.com?
    – neverMind9
    Jun 2, 2019 at 16:07
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    Consumer audio / audiophile questions are off-topic on sound.stackexchange.com
    – Mark
    Feb 10, 2020 at 8:23

You might get results at Super User, but be prepared for it to be closed.

For a while you might be better off posting on home4film.com which was a Stack Exchange (1.0) site, but it's long since gone.

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