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nick123brown
Oct 14, 2010, 12:54 PM
Hi guys, bought the new apple tv yesterday, i don't have a hdtv in my student flat to connect it to, just an lg monitor. Now this monitor does not have sound, and i was wondering if there was anyway i could get around this to enjoy both video and sound through maybe an external speaker system?



dXTC
Oct 14, 2010, 01:09 PM
The new :apple:tv has an optical audio output that transmits the same audio that the HDMI output does. All you should need is a speaker set/receiver that accepts optical audio inputs.

You may want to refer to Apple's tech specs on the :apple:tv to make sure.

wodeh
Oct 14, 2010, 01:11 PM
I use a battery powered DTS decoder from Creative that takes optical in and lets you hook up headphones. There are a few threads in this forum linking to similar devices, but I'm not sure what, if any of them, will actually work.

It's a common question, though, so I might have to get some in for testing. Will try 'n' find a link to my other thread and edit it in here for you.

If a new monitor is ever an option, there are some that take HDMI in and have a headphone socket.

Oh- and what dXTC said is probably the best option. Cheap speakers with a tos-link/optical input.

dXTC
Oct 14, 2010, 01:13 PM
I just found a related MacRumors thread that you may want to check out.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1030138

EvilC5
Oct 14, 2010, 01:15 PM
is the jack only optical or is it like on the airport express where it uses the mini toslink or headphone jack?


I have not used the output from my ATV2 since its hooked via hdmi to my tv...

dXTC
Oct 14, 2010, 01:18 PM
The optical audio jack on the :apple:tv 2 is optical only; it is not a dual optical/headphone jack.