Got New Apple TV but older HDMI AV Receiver

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by GreenApple29, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. GreenApple29 macrumors regular

    GreenApple29

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    Hello there
    I just received my new Apple Tv and just finished setting it up
    my only problem which actually is a big one is this:

    The new apple tv (4) doesn't have an optical out like the previous model
    my av receiver which is almost 10 years (a sony av receiver) has an HDMI 1.1 version which mean sounds doesn't get through the HDMI that is why i was using an optical out one previous apple tv

    i know ideally would be to have a new receiver but is there a less expensive option?
    i have tried connecting the audio through airplay to my previous apple tv3 but i can only listen to sounds of the older apple tv and not from the new one

    any ideas/suggestions?

    many thanks!
     
  2. Menel macrumors 603

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    Audio has always been part of the HDMI spec, back to original 1.0.

    Is your Sony broken?
     
  3. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    There's always Google or Amazon searches -- have you tried that?

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  4. GreenApple29 thread starter macrumors regular

    GreenApple29

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    my av receiver has an hdmi v1.1 only for video
    Sony HT-DDW880
     
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  6. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Some of the early receivers with HDMI could only pass through, but not decode the audio signal. In order to get sound out of the receiver in this case, you need to additionally connect the playback device via S/PDIF or analog audio.

    OP: If your TV has an optical or analog audio *out* port, you can "loop back" the audio from the TV to the receiver:

    1) Connect the TV to the receiver's HDMI OUT port
    2) Connect the Apple TV to one of the HDMI IN ports
    3) Connect the TV's audio OUT to the audio IN port on the receiver that corresponds to the HDMI port you used in step 2

    Otherwise you need an audio extractor as mentioned above.
     
  7. GreenApple29 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you for the message
    i actually have a video projector on the other side of the room which connects to that receiver via HDMI, so not sure cable wise how this will work :(
     
  8. mcdj macrumors 604

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    The good news is the Apple TV is expensive enough that the price of a new receiver won't seem so bad. :D
     
  9. MacFanBoi macrumors regular

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    By the sounds of it your only option will be a hdmi audio extractor. I just got one myself a couple of days ago to use with my atv4 and works perfectly.

    Amazon
     
  10. GreenApple29 thread starter macrumors regular

    GreenApple29

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    I guess that is my less expensive option at the moment!
    thanks for the link!
     
  11. GreenApple29 thread starter macrumors regular

    GreenApple29

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    a new av receiver is definitely on my mind it is just that i will have to actually decide on my best option for one
    in the meantime i think i will get an HDMI audio extractor
     
  12. mcdj macrumors 604

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    As someone who has wasted tons of cash on home theater band aids, I would recommend bypassing the band aid, which is what the audio extractor is. Another link in the chain. Another place for something to go wrong. Another source of signal noise.

    My system really started to shine when I stopped buying dongles and adapters and switches, and plugged that money into the most future proof components I could afford.
     
  13. GreenApple29 thread starter macrumors regular

    GreenApple29

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    Thanks for the advice
    see which model of av receiver i have posted that i use at the moment
    it came with 6.1 speakers
    do you have any recommendations on replacing that with a new one?
    many thanks for your advice!
     
  14. bheathain macrumors member

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    Any mid-priced Yamaha, Pioneer, Onkyo, Harman Kardon, etc with plenty of HDMI inputs should work great.
     
  15. paddyi macrumors member

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    Does your TV have optical? Could you connect your receiver to your TV via optical, and Apple TV to your TV via HDMI? My receiver is older and doesn't carry audio over HDMI either so this is what I've done. It does mean I no longer get 5.1 however.
     
  16. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a

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    What kind of HDMI's does the set have? You should be able to run an optical cable from the set to the receiver.
     
  17. MacFanBoi macrumors regular

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    Pretty sure he said he is using a projector so there was no optical out.
     
  18. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    According to the support pages for that model on Sony's web site the HDMI does support audio.
     

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