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I have a Mac mini connected to my TV and sound system. I would like to use it as an audio 'server' in the sense that it will receive network audio and play it to the speakers.

My client is a Linux laptop running Ubuntu.

Solutions like Airfoil don't seem to handle this setup (Airfoil has only linux 'speakers' software, no client).

Any ideas on a quick setup to enable this? There's no need for multichannel or other fanciness, just audio redirecting. I've looked at Jack and Jack OS X, but they seem like overkill and I haven't figured out how to configure them.

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Did you try with VLC? It can act as server/client for audio streaming. –  m0skit0 Aug 26 '11 at 7:14
    
This will sound really lofty but, you've reversed the server / client model, The server would be the Linux box and the Mac Mini would be the client #condescending –  Shutupsquare Aug 26 '11 at 9:19
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