Thunderbolt to HDMI Recommendations?

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  1. Whitelightning macrumors regular

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    So what is a good Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter that transfers audio as well? Any recommendations?
     
  2. sk3tch macrumors regular

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    Mini DisplayPort > HDMI...although it shares the Thunderbolt port - it's not actually a Thunderbolt-class connection.

    Amazon.com has some generics that actually function quite well and are under $10. I would try that. Also, Griffin has one on Amazon.com that is DVI/HDMI for around $25. That has very good reviews and Apple even mentions it in their Mini DisplayPort > HDMI KB - so that's a solid bet for sure.
     
  3. Captain Dynamo macrumors member

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    one generic doesn't work

    I have a generic that worked on my MB but that doesn't work on my MBP. I'd appreciate any links to generics that work. Thanks!
     
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  5. thurstmw macrumors newbie

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    I recommend a mono-price one. Super cheap and I have never had a problem. The one they say dosent do sound even does sound for me on my 2011 macbook pro. ~8 dollars
     
  6. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    I got mine from monoprice for like $7 and works like a charm
     
  7. Captain Dynamo macrumors member

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    Thanks. I checked the reviews and quite a few people are having trouble with this one not lasting, or DOA. I'm going to keep looking.
     
  8. Captain Dynamo macrumors member

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    Just ordered this from Monoprice

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5311&seq=1&format=2

    "Review by Gizmodo:
    http://i.gizmodo.com/5187481/monopr...i-adapter-hands+on-hd-itunes-now-plays-on-tvs

    Review by CNET UK:
    http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39029552,49301961,00.htm
    Max Supported Resolution - 1920x1080p, 12-bits / channel, or 12*3 = 36bits on all channels.

    This device is not Bidirectional. It can only connect a Mini-DisplayPort source to an HDMI display. It will not work in reverse.

    Thunderbolt compatible

    Note: This product will support audio on Mac computers capable of outputting audio through mini-displayport. Additional configuration may be required, results may vary depending on mac model and OSX version installed

    Note* Some models of Mac’s the connector may block access to the adjacent USB accessory port."
     
  9. arturiukas macrumors newbie

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    hello. i have macbook air 2011 model and planning to get the Thunderbolt to HDMI Adapter w/ Audio Support from monoprice. do you think this will work fine on my macbook? thanks
     
  10. Captain Dynamo macrumors member

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    I should think so. Monoprice has a generous return policy and their products are inexpensive, so it's a good bet.
     
  11. Russell L macrumors regular

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    Sooo.....dumb question of the day: I have a Pioneer 50" plasma display that I use for TV and movies. It has a couple of spare HDMI inputs. Can I use a Thunderbolt/MiniDisplayPort-to-HDMI cable to connect my 2011 MBP to the Pioneer so that it can, for example, display slide shows of my pictures from iPhoto? Will my MBP just see the Pioneer as an external display? Is it really as simple as that???
     
  12. Captain Dynamo macrumors member

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    I'm doing something quite like what you describe. It is almost as simple as that. You'll probably need to fiddle with displays in system preferences, and drag what you want to see, like iPhoto, to the Pioneer.
     
  13. aluren macrumors 65816

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    Yeah it's really that simple. Once you plug it in, you'll see a huge wallpaper on your TV and you can just drag windows/applications to it. Perfect for watching youtube or displaying DSLR pictures.

    I just bought the adapter on ebay it works perfectly.
     
  14. Jerezanito macrumors newbie

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    New macrumors user cuestion about your tunderbolt to hdmi adapter

     
  15. SABOND21 Guest

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    Question

    Hey guys, I have mac mini 2011. I wanna know what is better: to use Thunderbolt/HDMI or HDMI/HDMI cable? Monitor is PHILIPS LED 21.5".
     
  16. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    if you have a mac mini, there's no reason not to just use the HDMI out if you're going to a HDTV.
     
  17. SABOND21, Sep 2, 2011
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    Ok

    Ok, but which one is better: Thunderbolt/HDMI or HDMI/HDMI?
     
  18. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    ...they're the same thing, just one's using an adapter.
     
  19. SABOND21 Guest

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    Thx!

    thx!
     
  20. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    both are digital, so the quality is the same
     
  21. SABOND21 Guest

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    I was wondering about the speed, TB is much faster, than HDMI:)
     
  22. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Just dont buy Apples.
    Its just extremely high priced and a rip off.
    Works fine with a 10 dollar amazon one.
     
  23. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    Lord have mercy ...
     
  24. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    so the the videos you play will be faster??:confused:


    it's not like bandwidth is an issue with HDMI...
     
  25. supercharge macrumors newbie

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    A funnel has a big (faster) end and a small (slower) end. Speed will only be as fast as the slowest part. There is an additional charge when converting from one to the other, so an HDMI/HDMI should theoretically be faster, but actually they'll most likely be the same.

    I'd get the thunderbolt/HDMI though, just in case you have a MBP that doesn't have an HDMI port.
     

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