Connecting Mac Pro to Sony TV

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Socalrunner951, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. Socalrunner951 macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2007
    Hello, can anyone tell me what the best way would to hook up my 2.33 Mac Pro up to my Sony 42" LCD. I did some research on and many people were saying the adapter that Apple provides is terrible with Sony TVs. All I need to do his hook up my Mac Pro to my TV and test a few movies that I ripped (I'm thinking about buying a mac mini and hooking up some external hard drives to it making it a music/movie server) but first I need to check the quality. Thanks in advance!
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    What connections does your Sony TV have? If it has VGA, then you need to get a DVI to VGA adapter and a VGA cable. If it has DVI or HDMI, then you just need a DVI cable (if its HDMI, you also need a DVI to HDMI adapter).
  3. Socalrunner951 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2007
    It has both the DVI connection and the HDMI connection.
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    HDMI will be best. Less overhead with excellent results.
  5. bruf macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    VGA always works

    HDMI or DVI isn't always the way to go with LCD TVs. Many models don't support officially a PC/Mac hookup via DVI or HDMI. For example, my brand-new Samsung 40" LCD works in both HDMI/DVI and VGA, but only the VGA output is flawless. Hooking up my MacBook Pro with a DVI-2-HDMI cable do work, but I have overscan horizontally and vertically. It's not the end of the world for movies, but it makes games like World of Warcraft unplayable because you can't see the top and bottom menubars at all.

    All TVs will support a PC connection via VGA, and the PQ isn't bad at all. So my suggestion is to first try DVI/HDMI to see if you have any problems, you'll always have VGA as a backup plan.

    Good luck,
  6. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    I've hooked my MBP up to my Sony TV.
    I was surprised by the quality of the connection because I connected it via VGA (MBP DVI --> Apple DVI to VGA adapter --> TV VGA input).

    I get a pixel perfect connection at 1920 x 1080. I thought I would get some kind of bleed or distortion, but I can't find a flaw.

    Anyway, Apple's DVI to VGA adaptor definitely works with at least some Sony TVs.
  7. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    I had the same problem, but solved it with DisplayConfigX and a helpful tutorial that I don't believe is online anymore. I saved copies locally if you'd like them. Just PM me.
  8. Socalrunner951 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2007
    Thanks for all the help. I bought a DVI to HDMI cable and it seems to be working fine. The only problem is the movie lags a little but the DVD quality is good. It might be the way I'm exporting them or could it be of the cable?

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