Got a sound bar - have a few questions

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

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    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:

  2. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Not even broadcast TV? then ATV -> soundbar fine.

  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2010
    Southern California
    I have a LG Sound bar 2.1 and its amazing! I have it via OPTICAL! sounds and works GREAT!
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    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

    Aug 27, 2012
    Try ON see if better.

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


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    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. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
  8. Che Castro, Sep 2, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013

    macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    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

    Apr 6, 2010
    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

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    From what I've read, if you want 5.1 audio then set Dolby Digital to ON.

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