help connecting macbook to TV

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  1. drdeez macrumors newbie

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    hello all

    i have a quick question

    i just bought a 4K TV (sony x810c)

    it has a few HDMI ports and a few USB ports

    my question is regarding the best way to connect my macbook to this TV for purposes of watching movies / streaming / playing video games

    my macbook has a thunderbolt port and an HDMI port

    i could do HDMI to TV directly
    my questions:

    1. would it be better/faster/better quality if i did thunderbolt --> adapter --> TV ?

    2. would laptop -> HDMI -> TV be the same as laptop -> thunderbolt -> HDMI adapter -> TV since my TV doesn't have a thunderbolt plug? (sort of like "downgrading" the connection) ??

    thanks for the help !
     
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    drdeez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks !

    will this output content in 4k or 1080p ?
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    You can use 4K displays and Ultra HD TVs at the following resolutions and refresh rates when you connect them to the built-in HDMI port on your Mac:

    • 3840x2160 at 30 Hz
    • 4096x2160 at 24 Hz (mirroring is not supported at this resolution)
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Which year is your MacBook Pro with only one thunderbolt I would think 2011?? That machine output at 4K anyway.....
     
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Which solution you should use depends on the age of your MacBook Pro and its screen size. By using the Thunderbolt port, you may be able to take advantage of the 4K resolution at 60 Hz. You won't be able to with the HDMI port.

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    - He didn't say exactly one TB port. He said it has a TB port (and an HDMI). The interpretation should be that it has two TB ports, one HDMI, and that it is a Retina MacBook Pro.
     
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Why should that be the interpretation?? It is unclear so I asked the OP to clarify, its no use giving advice without knowing what he is working with as a 2011 won't output 4K and any such advice is useless....
     
  10. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I agree that precision is important, and his machine very well might not be able to output 4K, which is also why I (implicitly) asked for more information about his machine.
    But we must also be able to rely upon the information he is giving, so we know the machine has an HDMI port, which means a 2011 machine is out of the question, and that a Retina model is the only possibility.
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Damn forgot the HDMI didn't arrive until 2012, You are correct sir.
     
  12. drdeez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes this is correct

    it has 2 thunderbolt ports and an HDMI port

    it is a retina macbook pro mid 2012

    i have read various different things as to whether or not it can output 4k but even 1080p is fine with me !
     
  13. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - It can't. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202856

    In this case, it won't matter one bit if your use the HDMI port or one of the TB ones. Use what's most convenient to you.
     
  14. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Does TB let you control the volume via the Mac? I don't think HDMI does.
     
  15. drdeez thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apple says no but I did see some reports of people who have gotten 4K output on 2012 macs


    but thanks for your help

    I will buy both thunderbolt and hdmi cables directly to tv
     
  16. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Not at any halfway decent refresh rates. The ports simply can't carry enough bandwidth for proper 4K.
     

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