Mac mini: About HDMI audio and headphones


Under some circumstances, if you connect an HDMI display or television to a Mac mini (Mid 2010) or later, you may not be able to select the HDMI audio device in the Output tab of the Sound preferences while headphones are plugged in to the computer.


Unplug the headphones from the computer; you should be able to select HDMI audio.  

Sound preference for Mac mini with headphones plugged in

Additional Information

The OS X Lion (10.7.2) software update adds this change to mimic the mutually exclusive speaker behavior of iMac and Apple display products that use Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt.  

Last Modified: Nov 14, 2011
Not helpful Somewhat helpful Helpful Very helpful Solved my problem
Print this page
  • Last Modified: Nov 14, 2011
  • Article: TS4113
  • Views:

  • Rating:
    • 57.0

    (640 Responses)

Additional Product Support Information

Start a Discussion
in Apple Support Communities
See all questions on this article See all questions I have asked