Connecting Macbook to Sharp 46" 1080P LCD

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by apramanik, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    San Francisco, CA. USA
    I like to view the streaming video in my 46" Sharp LCD, what cables I need?

    And how do I connect?
  2. macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Los Angeles Area

    That depends on what type of inputs your tube has.

    Mini DisplayPort to HDMI converter maybe.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Please search. There are many topics on the subject of connecting Macs to TVs.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    Wow, you can easily mark the thread for the mods rather than posting just to make that point if you feel so strongly...

    To answer the question, monoprice has mini display port to HDMI cables for under $10, but VGA might be clearer on your TV. You've really got to try it out.

    My experience w/ a Samsung LED TV is that OSX looks like crap without adjusting some TV settings. Windows 7 actually looks fantastic. OSX seems to have some trouble on TV's.
  5. macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    I have my mini connected to a Sharp. You can get either DVI or MDP to HDMI cables/adaptors/whatever and then connect analog audio seperately, or you can get a monoprice DVI+Optical Audio to HDMI converter. Both are simple solutions.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    Boardman, Ohio
    Depends on the model TV

    My 46" Sharp Aquos has a full DVI-I port on it. I was able to run a DVI-D cable to the Apple Mini DisplayPort adapter to connect my wife's MacBook to the TV.

    The picture looks great! Just make sure you have scaling set to pixel-by-pixel as stretched and zoomed modes chop off the dock and menu bar.

    I highly recommend going with a HDMI to DVI-D adapter to a Mini DisplayPort adapter if it is one of the Sharp models that only has VGA for PC input.

    If you get an HDMI to DVI adapter, make sure it is DVI-D! A DVI-I adapter will not fit on the end of the Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D adapter due to the additional pins that carry analog signal.

    Update: Found a great explanation of the issue here.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    You don't need 2 adapters, mono price sells a direct mini DP to HDMI cable. It works great.

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