I have a new Mac Mini connected to my receiver via HDMI. This way the Receiver can play the video to the TV and the sound through the 5.1 audio system. I also need the Mac Mini to be connected to the Receiver using RCA plugs so I can connect the Mac Mini to Zone B of the receiver. That way, if we are watching something in the den, I can listen to my music outside. If I connect through Zone B through the headphone jack, all sound is shut off to the TV. So I have two questions. First, how should I connect the Mac Mini to the receiver with the Red/White RCA Plugs?
Second, is there a way for the Mac Mini to play to two outputs at one time?
Thanks for your help.
You can't have a Mac output say music via the stereo jack conneciton, and the sound track for a video via the HDMI at the same time.
You might however be able to achieve the same thing a different way. Does your AV Receiver support AirPlay? If so you could have iTunes stream the music to the AV Receiver over the network.
Another similar approach would be to buy an Apple AirPort Express. iTunes can stream to the audio connector on the AirPort express which could then be connected to Zone B. This streaming can be done at the same time as playing a video via the HDMI.