Thunderbolt to HDMI cable

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  1. HairyPotter macrumors regular

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    I am about to buy one of these new iMac 27" and I have a second monitor that has RGB (VGA) and HDMI entries. What cable should I buy to convert thunderbolt to HDMI? What's the best/recommended one?

    Will the output deliver the audio too?

    I have searched Apple and apparently they have no cable there for doing that.

    thanks.
     
  2. stellardream macrumors member

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    There's no special TP --> HDMI, because there's no need for one. You can plug in Mini DP into TP and it will work. In fact the port has separate channel for video, so your monitor doesn't compete for bandwidth with anything else.
     
  3. HairyPotter thread starter macrumors regular

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    ahhh, are you telling me that all I need is a displayPort to HDMI cable? That's good! Thanks.
     
  4. Amnesiac1 macrumors 6502

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    Does this mean you can still hook up a PS3 to a 2011 iMac?
     
  5. sth macrumors 6502a

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    This is about video-out, not video-in.
     
  6. stellardream macrumors member

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    Older 27" iMacs feature video-in, you can connect PS3 to it using something like Kanex XD (it is $150 device tho'). 2011 iMac doesn't have such port, but my guess is that you should be able to use TP as video-in. However, that's just my guess. I'd contact Kanex with this kind of question.
     
  7. CrAkD macrumors 68040

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    you can only do video in on the 2011 27" imacs if the device your plugging in has thunderbolt. (i.e. 2011 macbook pros)
     
  8. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    Can I run two external displays from the 21" iMac? One from mini dp with vga converter and one from thunderbolt to vga or hdmi? It looks like the graphics card only supports one external display by the specs.. so what would be the point of using the thunderbolt over the mini display port right?

    I would get a 21.5" iMac to go with my two 22" ips monitors if I knew it could work...
     
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    No. There is only one TB/MDP port (they share the same connector) on the 21". Only the 27" has two.
     
  10. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    Thanks. So, the 27" iMac would support two external 22" hdmi/vga displays then?
     
  11. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Yes, the 27" supports two external monitors via TB. Each port can support one monitor and 5 other data devices (or no video and 6 data devices). You'd just need the appropriate MDP adapters.
     
  12. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Childs play. Supports 2 30" displays easily.

    [​IMG]

    Even my 24" iMac 1920 X 1200 powers a second 24" monitor @ 1920 X 1200.

    22" @ 1600 x 1080 is even fewer.
     
  13. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

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    "Childs play. Supports 2 30" displays easily."

    And by easily, you mean with $200 in Apple adapters :)

    You can buy the dual-link DVI mini-Display Port adapter for around $65 on Monoprice.com - generic but working. Painful, in any event, but I'll be buying one.
     
  14. IeU, Dec 13, 2011
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    So, let me see if i understood correctly.

    I have the latest and best 27,IMac spec . . . (+8Giga (Total=12) of RAM)

    I have a 24' monitor here at home doing nothing (Has DVI and VGA entries).

    So, if i buy:
    * 1 x Thunderbolt to Mini-DisplayPort adapter
    * 1 x Mini-DisplayPort to DVI (or VGA) adapter

    and connect them so that the setup looks like:

    27'IMac <> "Thunderbolt to Mini-DisplayPort adapter" <> "Mini-DisplayPort to DVI" <> 24'Monitor


    I ll be able to extend my resolution thru 2 monitor / have two monitors?

    * Can some1 recommend me a place to buy these adapters in europe? (Apple usually overprice such adapters)

    So, let me see if i understood correctly.

    I have the latest and best 27,IMac spec . . . (+8Giga (Total=12) of RAM)

    I have a 24' monitor here at home doing nothing (Has DVI and VGA entries).

    So, if i buy:
    * 1 x Thunderbolt to Mini-DisplayPort adapter
    * 1 x Mini-DisplayPort to DVI (or VGA) adapter

    and connect them so that the setup looks like:

    27'IMac <> "Thunderbolt to Mini-DisplayPort adapter" <> "Mini-DisplayPort to DVI" <> 24'Monitor


    I ll be able to extend my resolution thru 2 monitor / have two monitors?

    Can some1 recommend me a place to buy these adapters in europe? (Apple usually overprice such adapters)

    Thank you!

    edit,

    Oh, i've seen to have understood now. The mini DisplayPort is the same size as the Thunderbolt port, right?
    So, i can attach a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter directly into the Thunderbolt port, right?

    * can some recommend me another vendor? (Buying another vendor/brand, will it work on the TB?)

    Thank you!
     
  15. ruftytufty macrumors member

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    Yes - Mini DP is same form factor as TB port, so you can plug mini DP cable into the TB port.

    So, you can use a mini DP->DVI cable. Also useful is mini DP -> HDMI, for connecting to a HDTV (but make sure you get one that supports audio, if you want to do that).

    Don't know about any European vendors, but many ebay vendors ship to Europe. monoprice.com in USA is very good/cheap, but don't know if they ship to Europe.
     

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