Need to know what cords to buy to connect alum-MB to hdtv

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by emmahlavaty, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. emmahlavaty macrumors newbie

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    I have the aluminum unibody Macbook, and I'd like to connect it to my Samsung HDTV so I can view videos on there, instead of watching them on my 13 inch screen. With all the options out there, I'm a little confused. I think I need the Mini Displayport to HDMI? Maybe? Help me out please! Also, if that's just for video, what do I need for audio?
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    MiniDP-->HDMI from www.monoprice.com will do your video. For audio, I use a 3.5mm Mini headphone jack to red/white RCA. That's the setup I connect to my Samsung LCD TV using HDMI 1 (which is also "DVI1" to allow for audio over RCA to partner with HDMI)

    If you buy just the dongle for video you'll also need an HDMI cable of an appropriate length. Get that at Monoprice as well for a few bucks, exactly the same as the $100 Monster branded piece of garbage.

    I bought a MiniDisplayPort-->DVI then a DVI-->HDMI cable because I bought before monoprice had the MDP-->HDMI converter directly.
     
  3. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    Video: Apple doesn't make a mini display -> HDMI adapter but you can get one on monoprice.

    Audio: You can get fully digital surround sound through the optical audio out on the macbook. You need a mini toslink -> toslink adaptor/cable like this one http://www.amazon.com/6ft-Toslink-Mini-Cable/dp/B000FMXKC8
     
  4. emmahlavaty thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Once I buy the adapter, what kind of HDMI cable do I need? There seem to be a lot of options
     
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Something like: http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10240&cs_id=1024008&p_id=3992&seq=1&format=2 or http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10240&cs_id=1024008&p_id=3993&seq=1&format=2

    6ft and 10ft listed. For the computer hookup like that, 1.3a is fine. 1.3b is only needed for 120hz connections and the like. The Belkin DVI-->HDMI cable I have doesn't even have a HDMI number spec, and it carries 1080p no problem.
     

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