HDMI to HDMI/Optical Cable?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by musicpenguy, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    Anyone have ideas of how to convert an HDMI output to include HDMI and optical - is there an adapter that could do this - any ideas would be appreciated!
  2. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    Are you looking to do this on the AppleTV? That device has both HDMI and Optical outputs. And most devices with HDMI out also offer optical out...

    Am I missing something? (And I don't believe such a converter exists, at least, not one that simple).
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    Google:HDMI to toslink converter

    comes up with quite a few

    as martin mentioned, aTV already has optical out.
    also all macs already have optical out, you just need a cable with a mini toslink plug.
  4. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    And to clarify some more, you can usually send video through the HDMI and audio through the optical output separately. If that is your issue, you should not need any converters - just make the proper adjustments on your source player to not send the audio through HDMI.
  5. errol macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2008
    Why would you want to separate audio from HDMI? Just curious.
  6. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Yes. I've never used them but here's an example of one: http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...10114&cs_id=1011412&p_id=10251&seq=1&format=2

    There are lots of different versions of this sort of thing. For example: DVI + digital audio -> HDMI and vice versa.

    However, I'm curious if you really need such a product.

    It's for when one wants to send the video from an HDMI source to a display device and the audio to something else (e.g. receiver that doesn't support HDMI). However, source devices will usually let you have both an HDMI and digital audio port enabled at the same time.
  7. musicpenguy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    I have a device that has only HDMI out - no optical - not the Apple TV

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