iPad 2 HDMI-out - does it include sound as well?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by DDustiNN, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. DDustiNN macrumors 68000


    Jan 27, 2011
    Just as the title says... Does the HDMI-out feature on the iPad also output the sound? This would be great for streaming Netflix to an HDTV.

    I know HDMI carries both video and sound (usually), but the reason I ask is because with my laptop, the HDMI-out port only outputs video. I have to use the headphone/speaker port for audio. I hope this won't be the same on the iPad 2.
  2. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Yes it does, it's listed as one of the features for the adapter on their site.

  3. DDustiNN thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 27, 2011
  4. Jensen G macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009
    If I have connected my iPad via HDMI to a projector, but I would rather use the iPad's headphone jack for audio instead of the HDMI, will the iPad allow me to do this?

    (reasoning: I have an HDMI projector that has a poor speaker, so while I need to hook the iPad up to the projector via HDMI for video, I would rather hook an external speaker to the iPad using the headphone jack instead of using the projector for audio).
  5. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    If you want to output sound to the external device that has speakers you need to set the output sound option to that device. For example, on a Mac it is in system preference > sound > output. The option is in there.

    HDMI is a standard so it will always have audio and video.

    Also if you don't want to use the HDMI adaptor and want to display thing on the iPad 2+ wirelessly use AirPlay with Apple TV 2+.
  6. Jensen G macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009
    so the question would then be, does the iPad have the option to send sound out simultaneously through HDMI (since it has to when it is connected via the HDMI adapter) and through the headphone jack?
  7. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Could you use an HDMI splitter? Have one cable run to the projector and another into the audio source of your choice? Just turn the volume down on the projector so that it doesn't interfere with the sound coming out of your other source?
  8. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I'm not sure on the iPad output, but does your projector have a headphone socket? That would be one way to solve the problem.
  9. Jensen G macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009
    Well, that's the root of the question. There are 2 projectors that I'm thinking of buying (along with the iPad), one is cheaper and has just HDMI, while the other is more expensive but has the headphone socket. So if I can port the audio from the iPad's headphone jack to the speakers, it would be less expensive than to get a projector that has the audio-out to the speakers.
  10. petieg macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2007
    Anybody figure this out?

    Jensen, sorry for the delayed post (years even!)... but I already own a cheap projector with no audio out so the ipad2 sends both video and audio to it (over HDMI) and the audio is unacceptable. Did you ever come up w/ a work around? A hack to have audio come out the ipad audio jack while HDMI is connected? Or a audio break-out HDMI cable?
  11. Jensen G macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009
    I never got this answered and have not yet picked up the projector, but would love to hear from someone who has successfully (or not) gotten video from the HDMI connection and audio from the iPad's headphone connection.
  12. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    It won't.

    However, you can still purchase a HDMI > VGA converter unit with a separate audio output. While they do introduce some resolution decrease, it's almost negligable.
  13. Jensen G macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009
    I don't have personal experience with this, but my understanding is that since the iPad outputs in all-digital (hence the HDMI) and VGA is analog, that there can be quite a few problems when one tries to adapt from one to the other.
  14. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Absolutely no problems here (I've been using a cheap(!) HDMI > VGA converter for ages with both my ATV3, iPads and iPhones), except for the slightly worse resolution.
  15. Jensen G macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009

    Oh, now I remember why I had a red flag on this. I've been told that the 1-to-1 mirroring (i.e. not just movies, but showing the home screen, various apps, etc) on iPad can only work through a direct HDMI connection and not an adapter. If you have been able to get full mirroring working with a VGA adapter, please let me know!
  16. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Mirroring works just fine thru an adapter on both my iPad2 and iPad3. I use this one: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/hdmi-to-vga-video-converter-71816
  17. Jensen G macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009
  18. jimmy176 macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Yes! It works

    May be late to the party, but I use the same set-up (HDMI projector and headphone-out for sound)

    Here's the key... Start the movie, then double-tap the Home button to bring up the App Switcher. Swipe to the left to get to the volume control, and tap on the AirPlay icon. You will have the option of "HDMI", "Headphones", and whatever AirPlay sources are on your network. Just pick Headphones.

    Unfortunately, I believe you have to do this every time you hook up the HDMI.
  19. douggate, Sep 19, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2013

    douggate macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    This may be really late to the party, but a question to Jimmy176: Is there a way to do what you did in ios 7 on an iphone 5?

  20. Mtnkid macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2014
    Might also try this...

    I found just unplugging and reinserting the cable you are using into the headphone jack switched the audio over from the HDMI adapter to the analog/headphone connection.

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