Use Sony Bravia TV as second display for iMac 27" (Late 2009)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JoEw, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    Need some advice I believe I need a mini display port to hdmi (female) to do this, but I keep reading on apple support forums and amazon reviews that audio can not be passed through mini display to hdmi. I really need video AND audio, If you have a system that currently works for you please let me know also please tell me what version of OSX you are running I hear that is a factor of rather audio will pass through or not also your generation of mac.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Only 2010 Macs with MDP do support audio via MDP.
    You need the bolded adapter:

  3. rcp27 macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    I have a late 2009 mini that I use as an HTPC, so it should have the same audio and video output support as your iMac of the same vintage. I use the adapter at the link below which plugs into a USB port, the MDP and the 3.5mm audio out. The audio is digital optical (all macs of this vintage support optical out through the 3.5mm port). The box takes the optical signal from the MDP, the audio from the 3.5mm port and combines them into a single HDMI connection (the USB is for power). The picture quality is fine (40" @ 1808p), and the sound is great (through my 5.1 speakers). The only annoying feature is that it has a red LED on it that comes on whenever it is active, but by carefully positioning it, I can't see the LED from the sofa. I don't think sound-over-MDP came in until the early/mid 2010 models, so you probably can't use a simple MDP-HDMI adaptor for both video and sound.

    I note the amazon reviews are pretty negative, but bear in mind most people, if they buy a simple adaptor like this, are unlikely to write a review if it works as advertised. I have certainly had none of the problems the reviewers have reported.
  4. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    You can a display port adapter to HDMI (and an HDMI cable). This will carry only video from your particular MBP. Then you also need a 3.5 mini to stereo RCA (available at radio shack or on-line for cheap) and you get your stereo out and video. It's very simple and I've done the same thing with my 2009 MBP to sony Bravia. There is one set of input ports on the TV that allow you to marry an HDMI video signal with a separate audio source. You don't need a special adapter. Just two standard ones.

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