How to connect Mini to TV/Receiver to get digital surround sound?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by BrittQ, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. BrittQ macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    I can't figure it out. Hopefully someone more tech savvy can help.
    Right now I have the TV Digital Audio Out going to the Receiver TV Optical in.
    PS3 and Apple TV each using a HDMI slot in the receiver.

    Sony Bravia KDL-46V3000
    Owners Manual

    Sony STR-DG720

    Hopefully it is possible!
  2. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Use the SAT Digital In on the receiver to connect to the Mac's optical out.

    You will need a TOSLINK to optical Jack adaptor on the Mac side though.
  3. BrittQ thread starter macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    Perfect, thanks!

    So for video I need an adapter to HDMI - and connect it to the Sat HDMI port in the receiver.

    This would be the best solution?
  4. RemarkabLee macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Yes, DVI to HDMI and you're set.
  5. faithhevans macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2010
    TVs with HDMI inputs can be connected to Mac mini with a DVI to HDMI adapter.A DVI to HDMI adapter will relay video but not audio from the computer.
  6. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Only the new MacBooks will relay audio through the Mini DisplayPort connector. Unless your Receiver can be configured to accept a different audio input to the input video then you will need to connect the computer to the TV, then the optical to the Receiver.

    I have a Yamaha and with it you can specify an audio source other than the input video, but not when the input video is HDMI.

  7. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
  8. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    Digital surround sound isn't guaranteed to work just because you connect using your Mac's digital optical audio port. The software on your Mac also has to enable surround sound output and I'm fairly certain that the only Apple application that supports surround sound is Apple's own DVD player. However, there are "hacks" that enable AC3 passthrough via QuickTime. Here is a step-by-step guide on doing so:
  9. Islander214 macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2010
    This works great for me!

    I would convert the signal to HDMI, then go HDMI into your receiver, assuming you're using that single HDMI out to your TV. Below are two solutions from monoprice. I use the first one all the time!

    It says it will only support 2 channel stereo, but mine does full 7.1 Dolby PlIIx when I'm catching up on Lost. I dunno? Anyone else using this one?

    They also have this one, which has the optical input.

    Also, I'm going from my MacBook Pro to my Denon receiver. I'm guessing it would be the same from a Mac Mini.
  10. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    Are you really sure you are getting multi-channel audio using that HDMI/USB adapter from Monoprice (or is your receiver just synthesizing surround sound from a stereo input)? Most receivers will happily switch into multi-channel Dolby and enable the surround sound speakers even with a plain stereo input. Does your receiver have indicators for both input and output audio signal states (indicating when you actually have multi-channel input as opposed to simply indicating multi-channel output)? Are you using a third-party extension or driver to enable such output? What application are you using to get multi-channel playback? AFAIK, multi-channel audio support on the Mac has been pretty weak unless you use third-party extensions and/or drivers. About the only built-in support comes with Apple's DVD player application (but that only works with DVDs and getting it to actually switch on is kind of a chore -- it's not enabled by default).

    Lastly, I noticed just yesterday that this thread was started over one year ago (don't know why it was resurrected by faithhevans on May 16). Thus, I'd assume that the OP is long gone.

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