Apple TV Audio Conundrum.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by H E L V I S, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2013
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone could help me.
    Recently, I just bought a new iMac 27" along with an Apple TV.

    I have my iMac set up in my bedroom and my ATV set up in the lounge connected to my Television. My plan was to use the Apple TV as the bridge which joins my iMacs content through to the lounge as the iMac has all my movies and music stored.

    The issue I have come across now is that my television has no audio outputs and no headphone socket. So the audio that comes from the Apple TV is going through the rubbish TV speakers.

    I have a wee set of speakers connected to a subwoofer sitting by my tv that I usually connect my iPod to but the only connection it has is a 3.5mm jack.

    So, now yous know my horrible set up, is there any advice yous can give that might solve my problem. Or am I just looking at getting a better TV?

  2. wzz, Mar 20, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2013

    macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2013
    it's not a direct help but it could give you some inspiration. click here

    overview [that could be applied in your case]

    ATV (((airplay sound))) iPod touch/iPhone -> speakers
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 15, 2006
    Kent, UK
    I think getting a new TV may be the easiest option.

    An alternative is to get a simple hi-fi amp and speakers or maybe a receiver to pass the audio from the ATV through. You may also need to get a DAC as the ATV will pass audio via the a TOSLINK cable. Used hi-fi equipment can be picked up readily and can be cheap, a real bargain.
  4. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    i use a surround system that has optical audio in, and just connect the ATV optical audio out to that.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2004
    You could get a space-efficient, low-cost sound bar like the Sony CT-150. Or some other brand/model.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2013
    It's not ideal, but cheaper than a TV... adapt the audio. There are Optical TOSLINK to 3.5mm analog audio adapters. Here's one:
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012

    What are you trying to achieve? Yous could buy a nice sound bar to sit under the TV with HDMI. This way Yous can get the full bitstream HD sound.

    Check this out. I have actually heard this at a local AV store and I was blown away by the sound. Your TV sits on top and blends in with the TV very nice.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2012
    You might benefit from an AVR. All your inputs (including Apple TV) go in to the receiver. Then the receiver does video out to your TV and audio out to your speakers.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2012
    Another cheaper solution

    Hi any update on your Apple TV sound output so far?

    I'm thinking of getting an Apple TV myself and is also worried about the crappy sound from my TV speakers...
  10. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    The options are pretty much outlined above. It's up to each person to weight the pros and cons of each solution to find what suits that person the best.
  11. afd
    macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2005
    Probably not a solution that'll suit audiophiles, but a soundbar is certainly an improvement on most flat screen speakers. Here's one for £80.

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