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MoodyM
Sep 1, 2013, 01:33 PM
I bought an Apple TV 3rd gen for my bedroom, and the sound from my 24" LED TV was rubbish, so I bought a basic sound bar (Philips HTL2100/12). My TV's only audio output is 3.5mm headphones or SPDIF coax.

The sound bar takes coax AND optical inputs. So my questions are:

1) Would I best to use Apple TV > sound bar via optical, or TV > sound bar via coax? (I should add I ONLY use an Apple TV, no other devices will connect to the TV at all)

2) What settings in the Apple TV Video/Audio menu should I set? Dolby Digital on/off/auto? My content (streamed from MBP's iTunes) is a mixture of HD movies/TV shows with 5.1 AC3 audio and SD TV shows with 2 channel audio.

Details of the sound bar here:

http://www.philips.co.uk/c/home-cinema-systems/htl2100_12/prd/

Thanks!



Mrbobb
Sep 1, 2013, 02:49 PM
I should add I ONLY use an Apple TV, no other devices will connect to the TV at all

Not even broadcast TV? then ATV -> soundbar fine.

2) What settings in the Apple TV Video/Audio menu should I set? Dolby Digital on/off/auto? My content (streamed from MBP's iTunes) is a mixture of HD movies/TV shows with 5.1 AC3 audio and SD TV shows with 2 channel audio.

Auto.

ZeRoLiMiT
Sep 1, 2013, 03:02 PM
I have a LG Sound bar 2.1 and its amazing! I have it via OPTICAL! sounds and works GREAT!

MoodyM
Sep 1, 2013, 03:03 PM
Not even broadcast TV?

Nope, no aerial. I have satellite TV in all the rooms I need it in. I don't need broadcast TV in the bedroom, just a way to stream my movies.



Auto.


Ok. Although I have noticed that music streamed from MBP is LOUD and TV Shows/Movies are very quiet...

Mrbobb
Sep 1, 2013, 04:14 PM
Ok. Although I have noticed that music streamed from MBP is LOUD and TV Shows/Movies are very quiet...

Try ON see if better.

TRY IT PEOPLE. Won't blow up. Promise!

satcomer
Sep 2, 2013, 08:25 AM
Nope, no aerial. I have satellite TV in all the rooms I need it in. I don't need broadcast TV in the bedroom, just a way to stream my movies.

Ok. Although I have noticed that music streamed from MBP is LOUD and TV Shows/Movies are very quiet...

If I were you then I would check if your TV has an optical port out. Then just get an optical cable from MonoPrice (http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10229). You will get the best sound this way.

MoodyM
Sep 2, 2013, 10:45 AM
My TV only has coax out

Che Castro
Sep 2, 2013, 01:35 PM
My TV only has coax out

Go coax from TV to soundbar




Edit : or if you have optical cable go from Apple TV to soundbar
Don't matter which way you go


I would go Apple TV to soundbar if you only have atv

hagr182
Sep 2, 2013, 06:06 PM
I have both setups, ATV to Soundbar on the studio and TV to Soundbar (which also has another ATV) on my folk´s. Same bars and tv, same sound as far as I can hear.

lexvo
Sep 3, 2013, 12:22 PM
2) What settings in the Apple TV Video/Audio menu should I set? Dolby Digital on/off/auto? My content (streamed from MBP's iTunes) is a mixture of HD movies/TV shows with 5.1 AC3 audio and SD TV shows with 2 channel audio.


From what I've read, if you want 5.1 audio then set Dolby Digital to ON.