How to get audio when using HDMI to TV?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chriszammett, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. chriszammett macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2009
    Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and after a solution for a pretty common question. I haven't as yet found a definite solution yet.

    I have quite an old toshiba 32WLT66 hdtv with my mac mini connected to it through HDMI. I did have it connected with vga and a separate audio cable, which worked out, but I wasn't happy with the picture.

    The picture is now great with HDMI and as I'm using it mainly for movies through plex I am putting up with the overscan when using it for occasional web browsing.

    My question is what is the best solution for getting audio when using hdmi? I have seen some posts where people have suggested looking at the tv settings to force the tv to accept audio through another source when using hdmi. This doesn't seem to work, or it only (might) work on my first hdmi port (when I connect the mac mini to the 1st hdmi port, the picture is very distorted and doesn't appear correctly - so this option is ruled out).

    The other solution I'm aware of is connecting to an external amp and speakers - can't so this as I don't have them.

    The second option being a set of USB speakers, I believe this might be my only option, but I would rather have the audio coming through the tv as I don't want the clutter of another set of speakers.

    Can anyone confirm whether I am limited to usb speakers or is there a way of making audio come through the TV whilst using hdmi. Sorry for the ramble, but it's beginning to irritate me!!

  2. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    Those are really your only options if you cant force the TV to use a separate audio input. Sending audio though the HDMI cable isn't possible since macs don't have the proper audio signal output HDMI will accept.
  3. cybertron3 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2003
    You can get a DVI + Audio -> HDMI adapter like this one:

    Gefen products are expensive, but if is a strange adapter I am looking for, I check them first. If you decide that is the type of route you want to take, you might be able to find a cheaper alternative...
  4. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008

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