Connecting to TV and dock

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MoodyM, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

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    I am planning to put a TV in my bedroom and connect an Apple TV via HDMI.

    I also have a Gear4 dock there that has a 3.5mm input. Would I be able to connect the ATV to both at the same time? Sometime I may just want to stream some AirPlay music without the TV on.
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    Apple TV (the small, black one) does not have analog audio output. So you'd need a D/A converter with TOSLINK input to get aTV-s audio out into 3.5mm audio in.
    [​IMG]
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1586
    For your purpose, the AirPort Express would be easier choice.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5211
    Might even be cheaper than external D/A converter. And you can run one side-by-side with an aTV.
     
  3. macrumors 68020

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    you can get a convertor for under $25 from monoprice.com
    you'd then need a stereo RCA (red/white plugs) to 3.5mm adapter (a couple bucks also from monoprice)

    If the dock has a combination optical/analog jack (looks just like a headphone plug but can also take optical, it's what's been in all macs for several years) you can just use a toslink to mini-toslink cable. no converter needed.

    or if the dock has airplay, you can set the aTV up to airplay to the speakers
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    think so,you'd need a D/A converter with TOSLINK input to get aTV-s audio out into 3.5mm audio in.[​IMG]
     

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