Connecting a Macbook Pro to a HDTV

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by crazypilot48, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. crazypilot48 macrumors newbie

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    I'm wanting to connect my MBP to my 26" HDTV. What type of cable do i need to be able to do this? If I do this will it be just the video that comes from the TV or am I able to have the video and sound play through the TV.
     
  2. MasonS247 macrumors newbie

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    I use a dvi to hdmi cable. The sound goes through another set of speakers I have plugged in through the audio port on the other side. I am not sure if you can get them both to go through your tv.
     
  3. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    Masons way would work. But if your HDTV has DVI, then that would be better.
    Just for reference, there is a DVI port on the right-hand side of your pro

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    So if you've got that on your TV, just use that.

    Then for audio, there's a 3.5mm audio out port on the left-hand side of your pro next to the headphone jack. You may have a 3.5mm audio-in jack on your TV, if not you will need a 3.5mm to RCA audio cable which looks like this:

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    That should be all you need! If you have a receiver, then plug the RCA cable into there.
     
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  5. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a

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    DVI and HDMI are exactly the same interface, but HDMI also has audio built in. However, since the Macbook Pro doesn't have HDMI, if you get a DVI-HDMI You will lose the audio anyways. Therefore DVI-DVI will be cheaper than a DVI-HDMI, and in the future if you really want you can just get a DVI-HDMI adapter, but I don't know why you'd need that, unless your HDTV does not have DVI.
     
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  7. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

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    might as well get a mini optical line for the audio if you have to buy a new cable and you have a receiver with an optical in.
     

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