How to get surround sound?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Lost in Tech, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. Lost in Tech macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    Thanks to these forums, I figured out how to connect my MBP to my HDTV and get both audio and video. It took me at least 10 hours to read all the posts and figure out which cables and adapters to get and then connect the whole thing, but I did it!!

    Now that I have it connected, I realized that I cant get surround sound by just connecting the MBP to the HDTV...I now realize that I have to some how run this connection thru the receiver and I have no clue how to do this...

    My receiver is relatively new and it has lots of things on the back of it that I don't know how to use.

    Can someone tell me what cable I need to run from the MBP to the receiver and then where I need to plug it into on the back of the receiver? And then do I have to run something from the receiver to the TV? If so, what cable do I need?

    My main reason for connecting the MBP to the TV is that I want to watch Netflix on demand, but I would like it to be in surround sound thru my speakers that are attached to the receiver rather than thru the TV speakers which aren't that good.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.....
  2. Matt-Man-Plus macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2008
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    What is the make and model of your receiver. Does it have digital optical input?
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    One thing to note, netflix only streams in stereo. So any surround you get will be generated by your receiver.
  5. the-oz-man macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2009
    Actually Netflix will stream in 5.1 but you have to have a constant download speed of greater than 5mbs
  6. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    *apparently only if you have a PS3 or Xbox, and available later this year.
    from looking it appears that silverlight (the microsoft streaming format netflix uses) doesn't support 5.1 - Link

    I also stream netflix using a LG bluray player, and i've never seen my receiver get anything but stereo. even though it is an HD stream.

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