HDMI and optical audio cable?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by redsoxfan626, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2009
    I know this is a really stupid question, but I just bought an Apple TV and I'm planning on simply plugging an HDMI cable from the Apple TV to my TV. My question is this: do I also need the optical audio cable? I don't have a home theater system and I just use my TV's speakers. Does this mean I only need the HDMI? Thanks.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2004
    Southern York County, PA
    hdmi should be fine, unless your tv doesn't support hdmi audio.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2005
    Yes, just need to use an HDMI cable for what you are doing. The optical out is a great fallback if you had a more complicated setup that ran through a device that didn't support HDMI audio (older receievers, some HDMI switchboxes, etc.).
  4. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Yes, just an HDMI cable
    But don't pay any ridiculous premium prices
    They are all the same

    Search the net or Amazon
    You can find them for pennies and pay only shipping

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