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Got a sound bar - have a few questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MoodyM, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

    #1
    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!
     
  2. macrumors 601

    #2
    Not even broadcast TV? then ATV -> soundbar fine.

    Auto.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    ZeRoLiMiT

    #3
    I have a LG Sound bar 2.1 and its amazing! I have it via OPTICAL! sounds and works GREAT!
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

    #4
    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...
     
  5. macrumors 601

    #5
    Try ON see if better.

    TRY IT PEOPLE. Won't blow up. Promise!
     
  6. macrumors 601

    satcomer

    #6
    If I were you then I would check if your TV has an optical port out. Then just get an optical cable from MonoPrice. You will get the best sound this way.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

    #7
    My TV only has coax out
     
  8. Che Castro, Sep 2, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013

    macrumors 601

    #8
    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
     
  9. macrumors regular

    #9
    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.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

    #10
    From what I've read, if you want 5.1 audio then set Dolby Digital to ON.
     

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