27" iMac output to HDTV - Best Way?!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by junkmail202, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. junkmail202 macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2009
    Ok, so I just ordered the 27" iMac. Trying to figure out the best way to do output to TV. There 2 approaches I would suspect.... but since the 27" display signal is 2560x1440 (HDTV can only go up to 1080p). I don't know of any adapter or TV that can support this resolution. Will the signal come in only partially displayed

    1) Wireless

    Atlonas - HDAIR wireless usb to HDMI/VGA with audio


    pros+: one connection for audio and video, usb, easy setup, hdmi out, wireless
    cons-: reported sucky framerates, max res is 1440x1220 (720p), not mac compatible (so will req bootcamp/vmfusion/parallels - windows).

    2) Wired

    Would need the following

    mini displayport + toslink audio + usb to hdmi out
    1) http://gizmodo.com/5380669/mini-displayport-to-hdmi-adapter-with-digital-audio-review

    50ft hdmi cable
    2) http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10240&cs_id=1024002&p_id=2804&seq=1&format=2

    I heard 50feet is about the limit of HDMI for 1080p if you don't want to mess with amplifiers to correct signal lost.

    So which option would you recommend? And is there a better way?

  2. Maserati7200 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2009
    11230, Midwood, Brooklyn, NY, USA, North America
    Well about the resolution, in system prefs you could change it to 1920x1080 to match your television. But I think the MDP on the 27" iMac is in, and won't support output, but I could be wrong about that. To connect to your TV I suggest the wired option.
  3. knewsom macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2005
    It's an output as well. Wired, wired, wired, wired, wired. ...or buy an Apple TV or a MacMini to use with the TV.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008

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