Apple TV 4th Gen Audio Output to Mac

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by zachw, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. zachw macrumors newbie


    Nov 1, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    Hello everyone, I was hoping someone could shed light on this issue.

    I recently got the new Apple TV 4th generation (32GB). This product thus far has been great, but I am unable to adjust the volume on the Apple TV when plugged in to my monitor. Since my monitor has external speakers plugged into it, I cannot control the volume of these speakers unless I manually adjust the volume knob on the speaker itself. Now as far as I know, there are not any internal Apple TV volume controls, and while they can adjust the volume on other monitor/tv screens, it doesn't seem to work when I output to the external speakers I have connected.

    So, besides replacing my monitor, or buying an Airport Express, I was hoping to find a way to convert my Mac into some sort of Airplay speaker receiver, since the same speakers connected to my monitor also physically connect to my mac, hopefully allowing me to adjust the volume with the remote.

    There are a number of software products; AirServer, Reflector, Airplayer, Airfoil, all of which only work with iOS devices, but not the Apple TV.

    If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on what I can do to be able to use the remote volume again with this setup, I would appreciate it!

  2. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    You say your speakers are connected to your monitor. So that should mean that the sound your speakers are receiving comes from the monitor?

    If that's the case can you not use the volume control of the monitor? Just crank the volume on the speakers right up and use the monitors built in volume control to regulate the level.

    Or is there a reason the sound doesn't come via the monitor?
  3. MrBuzzy macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2006
    I just tested and confirmed you can use 'Airfoil Speakers' on the Mac.

    But you can't control the volume with the Siri Remote +/- buttons.
    Annoyingly this is also the case for Airport Express.
  4. zachw thread starter macrumors newbie


    Nov 1, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks for the replies. Since my monitor has no remote, I was looking into a way to use the new remote to control volume from a distance - still not sure anything less then making the speakers wireless will make it work. IMO its a bit ridiculous this isn't built into the software...
  5. mattDC5R macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2009
    Perth, W.Aust now Austin, TX
    What monitor is it? HDMI connection between monitor and ATV yes?

    Lack of HDMI-CEC support in the monitor would be my guess. Its a basic level of control, but easy for Apple to implement since its a single set of commands to allow control connected devices, though as evidence by the number of threads with issues it isn't flawless.

    How are you controlling the volume level of the speakers presently?

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