ATV4 / Optical Audio HELPP!!

slagathor001

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The new apple TV has no option for an optical audio wire and the only way I can get audio with my setup at home is with an optical audio wire! If i have just an HDMI plugged into the ATV & TV no volume will come out (i need the optical audio cable for sound)!


Do you guys know of any adapters that will let me use an optical audio cable for the ATV4?

I think this may work but I'm not sure http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IAM74UO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage


Thanks!
 

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cosmindavid

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campyguy

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Thanks for your reply, but I've got a dilemma, i only have one jack to connect and I can see that most of the splitters have 2 ports for 3.5mm jack, R+L, usually red and white.

How is this going to work for me?
Looking carefully at some of the options including one of my links include the unit I'm using (www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KBHX072) have BOTH SPDIF (TOSLINK) and RCA output; I'm using the optical connection. QED. Tendak and Cablesson are also cost-effective options on Amazon (UK site). Cheers.
 

cosmindavid

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Looking carefully at some of the options including one of my links include the unit I'm using (www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KBHX072) have BOTH SPDIF (TOSLINK) and RCA output; I'm using the optical connection. QED. Tendak and Cablesson are also cost-effective options on Amazon (UK site). Cheers.

Hi, thanks again, but still didn't answer my question unfortunately. My sound system cable end is a green 3.5mm jack one, not a SPDIF. I need to plug that green 3.5mm jack end, and I can see that your suggestion has two ports, R & L, my dilemma is to where should I plug mine?

Thanks.
 

Deathoffleas

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Can you not go:
Apple Tv - HDMI cable to Audio extractor input - Phono plug output (Red/White) to 3.5mm Jack (using a Phono to stereo jack cable) into your system - HDMI output to TV / Monitor?
 

campyguy

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Hi, thanks again, but still didn't answer my question unfortunately. My sound system cable end is a green 3.5mm jack one, not a SPDIF. I need to plug that green 3.5mm jack end, and I can see that your suggestion has two ports, R & L, my dilemma is to where should I plug mine?

Thanks.
Sorry, my bad for assuming you may already have a suitable adapter handy. I've always had a Y-cable audio splitter around since the late-80s and I just take them for granted (I still have some old Bose portable amplified speakers in a carry bag that houses my adapters and splitters…).

Since I took up a bit of time on your end, there's two options depending on your front end has available with lengths up to 10m (swapping the ".com" for "co.uk" helps here):
Female end adapter (this is what I use for my road trips): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mutec-meter-3-5mm-Female-cables/dp/B00J77LVMI

Male end adapter (different lengths): https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Home-Aud...-Connector-Surround-Digital-Casing/B01KJSJR0G
 

cosmindavid

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Sorry, my bad for assuming you may already have a suitable adapter handy. I've always had a Y-cable audio splitter around since the late-80s and I just take them for granted (I still have some old Bose portable amplified speakers in a carry bag that houses my adapters and splitters…).

Since I took up a bit of time on your end, there's two options depending on your front end has available with lengths up to 10m (swapping the ".com" for "co.uk" helps here):
Female end adapter (this is what I use for my road trips): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mutec-meter-3-5mm-Female-cables/dp/B00J77LVMI

Male end adapter (different lengths): https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Home-Aud...-Connector-Surround-Digital-Casing/B01KJSJR0G
Thank you for coming back to me. So basically I would need an HDMI splitter + Y-cable splitter to make everything complete.

For your second example, male end adapter, will I have to plug the two heads into the HDMI splitter and the single port straight into my subwoofer?

And what's your opinion on this one ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tendak-Opt...&keywords=hdmi+splitter+with+optical+out&th=1 ), I don't want to pay more than £15 for it :)

Thanks,
 

campyguy

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Thank you for coming back to me. So basically I would need an HDMI splitter + Y-cable splitter to make everything complete.

For your second example, male end adapter, will I have to plug the two heads into the HDMI splitter and the single port straight into my subwoofer?

And what's your opinion on this one ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tendak-Opt...&keywords=hdmi+splitter+with+optical+out&th=1 ), I don't want to pay more than £15 for it :)

Thanks,
Yes, exactly. I've been sleep-deprived for days now and wish I'd taken the time to address your request properly the first time. MR Forums is a great diversion for me at times but I want to be straight-up when offering feedback and input!

The set up I have for my ATV 4 is the HDMI splitter I alluded to earlier with the RCA-to-minijack male adapter leading to my Yamaha monitors OR RCA-to-minijack female adapter that I plug in my Grado SR325 cans into (I have 3 offices and 2 field offices that I need to attend to, and those Y adapters same me thousands on therapy each month!). I use a male adapter to plug into my ancient pre-HDMI Onkyo head unit at home; my Onkyo has a non-amped pre-out that I feed into my subwoofer, if that helps?

As to the Tendak unit it looks identical to the units I have, and it's hard to knock 100+ excellent reviews. It's in the same price range as the units I have, and I'd buy one of the units you called out based on the feedback it's received. I hope this helps!?!
 

Soondae

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The new apple TV has no option for an optical audio wire and the only way I can get audio with my setup at home is with an optical audio wire! If i have just an HDMI plugged into the ATV & TV no volume will come out (i need the optical audio cable for sound)!


Do you guys know of any adapters that will let me use an optical audio cable for the ATV4?

I think this may work but I'm not sure http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IAM74UO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage


Thanks!
I have an HDMI splitter with optical audio out and it works just fine. However I found the simplest solution is to run all your devices to your TV via HDMI and then go optical out from the TV to your home theater. This way all my audio is passed via optical out, Blue Ray Player, Apple TV4, Android box and standard TV tuner on a single optical channel. And no added expense for the splitter. Let the TV act as the splitter for you. Also saves the need for an additional power source for the splitter.
 

cosmindavid

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May 19, 2016
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Yes, exactly. I've been sleep-deprived for days now and wish I'd taken the time to address your request properly the first time. MR Forums is a great diversion for me at times but I want to be straight-up when offering feedback and input!

The set up I have for my ATV 4 is the HDMI splitter I alluded to earlier with the RCA-to-minijack male adapter leading to my Yamaha monitors OR RCA-to-minijack female adapter that I plug in my Grado SR325 cans into (I have 3 offices and 2 field offices that I need to attend to, and those Y adapters same me thousands on therapy each month!). I use a male adapter to plug into my ancient pre-HDMI Onkyo head unit at home; my Onkyo has a non-amped pre-out that I feed into my subwoofer, if that helps?

As to the Tendak unit it looks identical to the units I have, and it's hard to knock 100+ excellent reviews. It's in the same price range as the units I have, and I'd buy one of the units you called out based on the feedback it's received. I hope this helps!?!
Hi,

Me again :)

Please see below some pictures with what I have:

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Basically I need to connect the green end into an HDMI splitter, in order for me to have sound coming out from my 5 speakers system.

Could you kindly clarify a few things for me before I purchase everything:

1. If I buy this ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product...b-bd11-4e9e-8c26-9ca0139074ee&pf_rd_i=desktop - HDMI to HDMI with Optical) and this ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Primewire-Stereo-Connector-Surround-Digital-Black/dp/B01KJSJNA0 ), can I connect the two heads into the splitter, and the single head into my subwoofer, replacing my green wire? If yes, will I still have the same sound quality, with sound coming out from all 5 speakers?

2. If I buy this ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Splitter-Tendak-Extractor-Optical-Converter-HDMI-Audio/dp/B01850K40M - the HDMI Audio Extractor ), can I just connect my green head into the splitter, and still have the same sound quality coming out from all 5 speakers?

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
 

campyguy

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Basically I need to connect the green end into an HDMI splitter, in order for me to have sound coming out from my 5 speakers system.

Could you kindly clarify a few things for me before I purchase everything:

1. If I buy this ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product...b-bd11-4e9e-8c26-9ca0139074ee&pf_rd_i=desktop - HDMI to HDMI with Optical) and this ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Primewire-Stereo-Connector-Surround-Digital-Black/dp/B01KJSJNA0 ), can I connect the two heads into the splitter, and the single head into my subwoofer, replacing my green wire? If yes, will I still have the same sound quality, with sound coming out from all 5 speakers?

2. If I buy this ( https://www.amazon.co.uk/Splitter-Tendak-Extractor-Optical-Converter-HDMI-Audio/dp/B01850K40M - the HDMI Audio Extractor ), can I just connect my green head into the splitter, and still have the same sound quality coming out from all 5 speakers?

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
Either option you've listed should work just fine. The first option is pretty much duplicating what I use, the second option is likely what I would consider today as it didn't exist when I made my purchase. Either setup should absolutely do it for you. Cheers!
 
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