Using iMac as htpc

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  1. crimton macrumors member

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    I recently bought a 2011 13" base model mbp and like it so much am considering switching my desktop pc out for an iMac. I want to make sure it can double as an htpc as well as my primary desktop computer. I did some googling and see many people are recommending the mac mini for an htpc but I love the look of the iMac and would prefer that if it can do both. I'm aware it doesn't have an hdmi port but I think there are adapters that can fix this problem. Does anyone use their iMac in this way?
     
  2. N0ddie macrumors 6502

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    The new 2011 thunderbolt iMacs don't have the facility to use HDMi. Theres currently no adapters available to go from thunderbolt to HDMi.
     
  3. crimton thread starter macrumors member

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    I assume the dvi to hdmi would only do video then? How about another way of hooking up to a tv and mirroring so that you can get both sound and video out of the tv? I would like an imac but this could be a deal breaker for me as I constantly am watching movies from my pc on my tv. thanks
     
  4. N0ddie macrumors 6502

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    Not 100% sure mate. My 27" iMac doesn't get delivered until Friday so not the best person to go on tbh lol.
     
  5. lamboman macrumors 6502

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    This is incorrect, I'm afraid. You can use the Mini Displayport adaptors for Thunderbolt, to go to HDMI.

    The only issue you might have is Blu-Ray, but if you are using a TV rather than the iMac alone, you could just buy a separate Blu-Ray player for not much money and be done with it.
     
  6. N0ddie macrumors 6502

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    Yup. I read that as the other way round lol. I read it as wanting to put stuff onto the iMac screen. :eek:
     
  7. crimton thread starter macrumors member

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    so going this route I could get sound as well is video out of the thunderbolt port?
     
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    I Love Mac, but Windows is the only way to go for a HTPC
     
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    I think an older Mac Mini or an Apple TV 2 with a jail break would be a great solution too. I used the Mac Mini for a HTPC and it suited my needs. I ended up getting an Apple TV 2 and jail breaking it for XBMC and it works flawlessly.
     
  11. lamboman macrumors 6502

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    Ooops, forgot to respond to this! Mini Displayport does carry audio, but Thunderbolt does not. The iMac does have optical out of course, through S/PDIF, so you won't have any problems there.
     
  12. bwhinnen macrumors 6502

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    I've not tested the iMac to TV as it is too far from the TV / Amp, but the latest MacBook Air with Thunderbolt port using a Mini DP to HDMI connector to the AMP does pass through audio just fine.

    I prefer something like OpenELEC as the HTPC solution (XBMC) as it is simple, does nothing else but the HTPC side of things without all the extras of having to manage an OS...
     
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    Crimton you do know that with the thunderbolt display that when you hook a MBP up to it you can close the lid of the MBP and the interface will show up on the thunderbolt display. But the same can be done in the display settings, exept making a 'double. Interface' which is having not only having the interface on the thunderbolt display, but on the MacBook pro as well. So it's like a similar setup, but using one computer. :apple:
     
  14. lamboman macrumors 6502

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    If that's the case with the MBA then it will be the case with the iMac.

    I was thinking it was a bit strange that Thunderbolt wouldn't send audio but it's predecessor would...many are reporting that they aren't getting audio through Thunderbolt, that's all.

    I stand corrected :)
     
  15. ExnomenDei macrumors regular

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    I think this is wrong - My iMac always shows my TV as output when I have my TV on.
     
  16. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    I simply plug my adapter into my i2011 21.5 iMac, and then run an hdmi cable to my tv. It carries both video and audio, the first time I had to go into the control panel and tell it to use the displayport for audio, since then my iMac simply remembers to use the tv audio when I plug in the adapter.

    (Note, some older mac, and some older display port adapters did not include the audio portion, so that may be where the confusion is.) I purchased my adapter from monoprice, it cost about $8 I think.
     
  17. crimton, Oct 30, 2011
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    That sounds simple enough then. How is the picture quality compared to hdmi? I watch 720p movies sometimes, I mean does using the adapter decrease quality at all.
     

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