Connecting ATV2 to HD TV w/o Digital Audio In

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mrcourt123, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. mrcourt123 macrumors member

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    My HDTV is about 4 years old and does not have a Digital Audio In port. For audio, it only has component and RCA input. I am seriously considering purchasing an Apple TV and am wondering if someone can tell me the best (and least expensive) way to get the audio from an ATV to my TV. Also, will the sound quality be severely diminished? I don't know much (read: anything) about digital audio output. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. rockinred macrumors member

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    Pretty sure your going to need a box to convert your digital signal to analog. Unless the tv has a converter in it, you will not be able to convert the signal. There are some going pretty cheap these days. Good luck... it sucks doing all this for a 4 year old tv huh? Seems like it shouldn't get dated that quickly.;)

    http://www.google.com/products/cata...=X&ei=5e-ETeTiFIu-sAPj1ODuAQ&ved=0CDAQ8wIwAA#
     
  3. mrcourt123 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have HDMI inputs, but HDMI doesn't transfer audio, hence the digital audio output on the ATV. I appreciate the response, but I am looking for info on how to best convert the digital audio output on the ATV to RCA.
     
  4. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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    HDMI most certainly does transfer audio.
     
  5. mrcourt123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, I am a complete moron. You guys are absolutely right. I often connect my MBP to my TV through a mini-display to HDMI connector. I also have to feed the audio through a 3.5mm to RCA, but I think that might be due to the fact that the mini-display on my MBP does not support audio. Is that correct? So, with that said (and egg on my face), I will have no need for the Digital Audio output on the ATV, right? Is that only included so you have the option to connect the ATV to a stand alone receiver/speakers?
     
  6. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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    It's there because all computers have an audio out port for headphones and other peripherals. It also makes it possible to have digital audio out if for some reason you aren't using HDMI. Also, the audio out port on the mini supports digital and analog, so you should have no problem connecting RCA to your mini.
     
  7. rockinred macrumors member

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    Yes it is there so that you can connect it directly to your receiver. There are so many set ups that vary. some like to run the HDMI directly to tv and then audio direct to receiver. It really all depends on your set up and receiver capabilities and tv capabilities. On your original post I thought you didn't have HDMI cables since it wasn't mentioned. If you have HDMI, that will take care of your picture and digital audio. so no immediate need for the digital audio connection. :D
     
  8. mrcourt123 thread starter macrumors member

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    Wonderful. Thank you!
     
  9. blueroom macrumors 603

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    As an added bonus HDMI contains multichannel audio with less compression than the optical out on the ATV. DD True HD & DTS HD use the HDMI.
     
  10. FERRARIFRANCIS macrumors newbie

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    The 1st gen plasma tv's hdmi ports only supported video. My apple tv is connected to my plasma via hdmi the digital audio is running from the atv2 to my receiver for sound.
     

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