Mini DisplayPort to HDMI

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gary c, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Female Adapter Cable for Apple Macbook at amazon for $2.99 vs thunderbold cable form Mac store $30. Is there a difference? I am looking to connect my Air to our tv and or to tv's when we travel. Our home tv has hdmi connections, but most motel tv's have the 3 wire plugs. Just wanted you guys opinion. I know just enough to be dangerous.
    Thanks for you assistance.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2010
    Calgary AB
    thunderbolt cable will not connect to your TV- it is designed to link the thunderbolt port on your computer to another thunderbolt device such as an external drive or the specific Apple Thunderbolt display. To connect your TV you will have to use the miniDisplayport (which yes, does double as your thunderbolt port) to HDMI that you mentioned (and then get an HDMI cable as well). As for the 3 plug RCA connectors in Hotels- you'd have to get a converter box to convert the signal from your MBA to an analog RCA signal to be compatible with those older hotel tvs.

    Hope that helps!
  3. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    I'm not sure what you are talking about here. A Thunderbolt cable is 49$ and will be useless as your TV has no TB port and probably no mini DisplayPort port either.

    If you are referring to the Moshi mDP-HDMI adapter, this one is the most widely used and it's almost guaranteed to work. I'm sure most cheaper options could work as well, it will probably just have worse design / materials / construction quality, but it's not a big deal especially since it's digital.

    Just make sure to verify if it transmits audio as well, the Moshi does.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2007
    I would highly recommend also looking at for mDP>HDMI cables...they tend to be decent quality and very low priced. Make sure you read the customer reviews of the various adaptors, that's a good source of knowledge on their web site.

    I buy all my cables/adaptors/wall mounts from monoprice and I've been really satisfied with them.
  5. macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2006
    Get a monoprice MDP -> HDMI adapter

    Mini DisplayPort | Thunderbolt to HDMI, DVI & DisplayPort Adapter PID# 8119

    Sound should be supported for 2010 or later Macs (as far as I know)

    If sound is not supported, then this one:

    Mini Displayport Male | Thunderbolt and USB Male Audio to HDMI Female Converting Adapter PID# 5969

    for HDMI to Composite Video (Yellow, Red, White RCA Connectors, best backwards compatibility for old TVs)

    HDMI to Composite Converter PID# 8667

    And, of course, a long HDMI cable so you can keep the laptop nearby:

    25ft 26AWG CL2 Standard HDMI® Cable - Black PID# 2841

    I own all of the above (except for the HDMI to Composite Converter), and all works well, and far cheaper than official apple offerings. HTH :)
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2010
    Got my TD -> HDMI adaptor from MonoPrice too (About $8 IIRC) and it works very well.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2008
    I appreciate all of your inputs. That helps. I am also glad you could figure out what I was asking. I will go there and order what I need.
    thanks again
  8. macrumors 65816

    Mar 8, 2009
    Not to sound to petty, but the monoprice adapter is ugly. I found some adapters on eBay for the same price that where aesthetically pleasing and carried audio over hdmi. It even came in fake apple packaging looking oem.

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