Confused on Adapters to get for my 13" MacBook Pro

Odid

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Sorry, I've searched several threads, but some have different issues or want to connect different ways.

here is a picture:


okay. I want to connect via HDMI. Do I get the Mini DisplayPort to DVI>then a DVI to HDMI cable?

This will not get me audio correct? Either way I try to connect?

So, How do I get audio then?
 

MrCheeto

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I have a 13" MacBook Pro, here's my setup for HD and 5.1 surround sound.

MiniDisplayPort to HDMI - it cost me $14 with shipping
Mini-toslink to Toslink cable - about $10 with shipping

Done.

There's no way to get audio out of the mini-displayport on the MacBooks, so you need 2 cables.
 

elfxmilhouse

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monoprice sells an adapter that will give you hdmi output with audio:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5969&seq=1&format=2

it is a clean solution but you will still need to plug in two connectors on your macbook. the mini display port and a usb (audio is done through a usb sound interface)

it all depends on your setup. if you need sound to go through the hdmi then that adapter would be your best bet.
if you have external speakers then a separate sound output might be a better solution
 

dan5.5

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monoprice sells an adapter that will give you hdmi output with audio:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5969&seq=1&format=2

it is a clean solution but you will still need to plug in two connectors on your macbook. the mini display port and a usb (audio is done through a usb sound interface)

it all depends on your setup. if you need sound to go through the hdmi then that adapter would be your best bet.
if you have external speakers then a separate sound output might be a better solution

I really like this solution, the best you can possibly get.
 

Odid

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I got the display to work but the audio isn't working. I don't get it.
The Mini-toslink to Toslink cable isn't working. My TV says SPDIF out... so that means that it won't be able to connect to my Macbook??
 

vant

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I got the display to work but the audio isn't working. I don't get it.
The Mini-toslink to Toslink cable isn't working. My TV says SPDIF out... so that means that it won't be able to connect to my Macbook??
What cable are you using to connect the display? I also recommend the monoprice method.
 

mikes70mustang

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You can use the Monoprice thing as suggested(recommended), Do the Optical cable for sound(Toslink+mini) or use a 1/8th inch to RCA(would plug into the red and white holes, L&R). Then besides that you need to go from mini display to hdmi. SO, without the monoprice dohickey you need one of these configs.

mini toslink adapter-toslink cable+Mini to DVI-Dvi to HDMI
or
1/8th inch(head phone plug) to RCA+mini to dvi-dvi-hdmi

or some other similar config.
 

Odid

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Well I already got the MiniDisplay to HDMI but I can't seem to get the Mini-toslink to Toslink cable to work. I don't know how to get the macbook to output the sound through it.
 

mikes70mustang

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Well I already got the MiniDisplay to HDMI but I can't seem to get the Mini-toslink to Toslink cable to work. I don't know how to get the macbook to output the sound through it.
I assume you have the toslink plugged into the TV and the mini plugged into the headphone jack. First, check if your tv has the sound set to optical in. Next, see if your macs sound is set to optical out when the cables in. If you have the mini plugged into your mac you should be able to see a red light at the other end of the cable, just dont stare directly into the thing when looking-this usually indicates if the sound is activated in the optical way

And there is always the chance that your toslink cable is cracked or broken inside.
 

Odid

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Yeah, still not working. Maybe I'm not doing something right. But I'm not sure. Maybe it's the wrong cable.
 

elfxmilhouse

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Yeah, still not working. Maybe I'm not doing something right. But I'm not sure. Maybe it's the wrong cable.
first make sure your TV has a optical/toslink IN some TVs will only have an optical OUT for a receiver speaker system.

if this is the case you may need to buy the monoprice solution and do audio through the HDMI port or use a 1/8" to RCA cable to the tv, but this will not get you surround sound, only stereo.
 

elfxmilhouse

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oh i just looked at your picture. that optical port is an optical OUT not an IN. if you dont have another spdif port then your other option for audio are the ones mentioned in my previous post.


what type of sound setup do you have? if youre just using the TV speakers then using the RCA cable would suffice. if you have a surround sound system then you want to connect the optical cable to the receiver directly.
 
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