Monitor for Dell Ultrasharp with macBkPro 2016

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by EBroderick, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. EBroderick macrumors newbie

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    Ive recently had to look for a non Apple Monitor for a new Mac book pro. I went for the Dell UltraSharp 27 Monitor - it was recommended on a Mac user forum. Its OK. - it isn't as pretty as an Apple product but its fairly sharp (not as sharp as my Retina display iMac at work) especially if you adjust the settings, the colours are pretty good and its fairly fast.
    Connecting it to my brand new MacBook Pro was a pain! If you need to do the same Ive found two connectors that worked.
    I went for a USB Type_C to DisplayPort Cable -
    Google make one:
    https://store.google.com/product/usb_type_c_to_displayport_cable

    and so do Kamex:
    https://www.amazon.com/Kanex-DisplayPort-Adapter-Support-Inches/dp/B01C8PIMUE

    Both apparently support 4K.
    I also bought a sound bar for the dell - fitted it ok - hooked up via the USB as per instructions - I can't get any sound output out of it - any help to get it working gratefully received! Thanks.
     
  2. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    Is the Dell or the adapter selected as a sound output under System Preferences > Sound > Output?

    Also does the adapter state it transmits sound and video?
     
  3. EBroderick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi - thanks for the response - yes Ive set the sound output device to the Dell - it doesn't seem to work Im afraid. it does read Displayport at the output device type , although the sound bar itself has to be connected to the USB port rather than the DisplayPort on the monitor...I wonder if the sound bar just isn't Mac compatible? Cant find any info on the dell site...
     
  4. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    DisplayPort should send video and audio, so the Dell might not separate out the sound and route it to USB.

    From what I remember about that monitor, it did have a USB hub. So if the soundbar plugs into the USB hub, the monitor likely must have a USB connection for the hub to function.

    What happens when you plug the soundbar directly to the computer? If the sound starts working you might need to run a USB cable to the monitor.
     

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