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Mac Mini HDMI into AV HDMI Switch - Lose sound when monitor is shutoff

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I'd like to use the Mac Mini to listen to internet radio and have the display shutoff. I have the Mini's HDMI output cable connected to Yamaha audio video home theater receiver that acts as a HDMI switch from various HDMI inputs (blue ray player, xbox, and mac mini). A single HDMI output from the av receiver goes to my Samsung flat screen TV.

All works well (I have the system preferences sound option set to hdmi on the Mini) until I shut off the TV. Then the sound that was going to the AV receiver shuts off and the mini switches its sound output back to its internal speaker.

Can't find a way around it. Appreciate an answer if anyone has one.

Reading the booklet that came with the Mini regarding HDMI output, it appears that Apple assumes that cable is going directly to a monitor. I'm wondering if the Mini gets a signal that monitor goes off (via the av receiver) the designers didn't factor the av receiver's capability to continue handling the sound.
Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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