Apple TV sounds options with optical

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by slidelewy, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2008
    I have Apple TV and am buying an LCD TV shortly with HDMI etc.

    I have a 5.1 home cinema system with optical input and of course apple tv has optical input, do I just connect an optical lead from apple tv to the system, and then an hdmi cable to the hdtv to get sound on it?

    Will this work or do I need something else??
  2. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    The AppleTV does not have an optical input, it does have an optical output though.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2008
    Sorry thats what I meant, basically what cables equipment do I need for surround sound for this.

    Thanks in advance
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    The ideal setup is probably to have a receiver with HDMI. You'd run HDMI for audio and video to the receiver, then run HDMI to your TV.

    If your receiver doesn't handle HMDI, then you'd want to do what you've suggested and run the optical out from the AppleTV to your receiver. You can then run HDMI (or component outputs) from the AppleTV to the TV.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    New Orleans, LA, USA
    the setup

    I have a 5.1 receiver with optical input but no HDMI pass through.

    I have the Apple TV connected directly to my HDTV via HDMI for video, and optical audio cable from my Apple TV directly to the receiver. I have the speakers on my TV turned off, and play audio only through my stereo system. This setup works great.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2006
    For best results, you'll want a good HDMI cable for video connected to your TV and a good Optical audio cable connected to your A/V receiver for surround sound. If you don't already have the cables (or even if you already do) I suggest cables from

    This is the same kind of setup I have. I just leave the volume on my TV turned off and listen to all audio through my A/V receiver.

  7. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    Since others have given confusing answers about using HDMI pass-through, I'll give you a straight answer: it'll work perfectly, and give you clearer audio than by analogue cables, while giving you 5.1 surround sound.
  8. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The answers didn't seem confusing to me. OP wants to use an optical cable. Not much point in using HDMI cable to passthrough AC-3 to a TV (unless the TV does AC-3 decoding). He doesn't mention that his receiver takes HDMI, thus optical between the ATV and receiver are his best bet.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2007
    San Dimas, CA
    Read his question and you can see thats not what he was asking. Seems like you are the one confused there my man. ;)

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