Hooking Up Macbook Air (Rev A) to HDTV

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by downingp, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. downingp macrumors 6502a

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    I have the original version of the Macbook Air, the one with the micro DVI port not the mini display port. I would like to hook the Macbook Air up to my 50" HDTV. I have the micro DVI-DVI adaptor that came with the Macbook Air. I want to get a DVI to HDMI cable.
    Will this one work?
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10231&cs_id=1023104&p_id=2661&seq=1&format=2

    What kind of picture quality can I expect? I was planning on watching movies from the Macbook Air to the HDTV.

    Thanks.
     
  2. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    The reviews for that cable suggest it should work well for you.

    Does your TV have a DVI input? A TV of that size usually does.

    Do you have a solution for audio (you know the cable won't carry audio to the TV, right?).

    Picture quality should be as good as the source video will allow. DVI is esentially HDMI without sound.
     
  3. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually I just looked at the back of the TV and it does have a PC input. It doesn't look like a DVI input though. Would it be a VGA input?
    I guess I was under the assumption hooking up to HDMI would be better.
    As far as sound goes, I plan on hooking a mini-RCA to my receiver for sound. Unless of course anyone else has a better alternative?
     
  4. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    Ok, if it's VGA as opposed to DVI then you want to go with the cable that you've posted. As for sound, I don't know of a better setup for the air given its limited ports.
     
  5. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Will the Macbook Air work as well as a Mac Mini to serve as a Media Center? In the past I have owned an AppleTV so I have alot of movies in iTunes. I know there have been alot of threads about using a Mac Mini as a Media Center. Since I have a Macbook Air and not a Mac Mini I am hoping the Air will serve the purpose.

    What do you think?
     
  6. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    Honestly, I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work just fine. Clamshell mode should allow you to be able to do anything you want it to as if it were a mini.
     
  7. d94 macrumors member

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    you can get a mini to hdmi cable from monoprice too
    but the damn thing doesnt carry audio
     
  8. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would need a micro HDMI not just a mini HDMI
     

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