What cords do I have to buy for ATV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by kingshrubb, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. kingshrubb macrumors regular

    kingshrubb

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    How do I hook this up to my HDTV? I went to radioshack and the guy was trying to sell me cables for $60 (what the hell?) :confused:

    My HDTV is a Hitachi Ultravision. Can anyone link me some cables that are a good deal? Thanks =)
     
  2. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    I don't know your tv, but does it have a HDMI slot? If so that is what I would use. You can do a search on amazon.com and see the price range.. from 1.99-$$$$.

    You didn't mention will this be going from apple tv to your stereo ie

    apple tv via hdmi>>tv

    apple tv via hdmi>>stereo (if your home theater stereo can handle hdmi)>>to tv

    apple tv via hdmi>>tv - apple tv sound>>to stereo

    apple tv via hdmi>>tv - apple tv sound optical>>to stereo

    apple tv via component>>tv - apple tv sound>>to stereo

    apple tv via component>>tv - apple tv sound optical>>to stereo

    apple tv via component>>stereo>>to tv same for sound optical or stereo

    This should get you started

    and of course a network cable or wifi.
     
  3. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

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    Monoprice.com is very popular in the online enthusiast market, known for building good quality, affordable cables. Here is their website:

    http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp

    If you want more specific advice, you'll have to let us know more about your setup, such as any other gear involved other than your TV and AppleTV and if your TV has HDMI inputs.
     
  4. kingshrubb thread starter macrumors regular

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    apple tv via hdmi>>tv is what I will be doing.
     
  5. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

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    There is no need to buy an expensive HDMI cable unless there is something unusual about your setup (long lengths, embedded in walls, etc.). I have bought several 3' and 6' HDMI cables from Monoprice and haven't had any problems.
     
  6. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    The Apple Store will sell you HDMI cables for $20. Yes, they are still overpriced, but if you have a store nearby and you don't want to wait for the mail, there it is.

    A.
     
  7. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Walmart is also a source for reasonably priced HDMI cables. And there's usually a Walmart around just about everyone.
     
  8. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Gold plated connectors and such is a con with HDMI. HDMI is digital, either it works or it doesn't. Buy the cheapest HDMI cable available, despite what the idiots at Best Buy say.
     
  9. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    This happens all the time. They try to push the more expensive cables onto you so they make more money. While there is usually a very slight improvement in picture quality it is not worth the extra money as its almost not noticeable.

    Just get a £20 hdmi to hdmi cable and your set. Dont let them push stuff onto you that you dont need.
     
  10. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Dude,

    £20 for an HDMI cable????? You UKers are getting ripped off. £20 is what, like $500US now? ;)

    Seriously, if you can wait for the mail, get cables at monoprice. $6 for a quality 1.3a HDMI cable (10ft). The hardest decision is what color to get.
     
  11. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    The only time I would suggest a more expensive cable would be for a long run. Other than that, as I said, it's digital, either it works or it doesn't. If it doesn't work you will see artifacts on the screen, like when theres a storm and your Sky/Freeview/etc. goes down.

    Gold plated connectors only have any effect on an analogue connection which can degrade, ie. scart.

    Digital only degrades over extremely long distances, to the point where the receiver can not tell the difference between a 1 and a 0 (binary), for example digital television and this would certainly not happen over a HDMI cable.

    In short, its crap, don't buy into it. There is no difference in picture quality, either noticeable or not noticeable.

    £20? Try £4 :D http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130508 (Yes I know thats gold plated, but that was the cheapest).
     
  12. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    Another vote for monoprice here.

    I've purchased at least 10 HDMI cables from them, ranging from 3ft to 10ft and never had an issue. It's very hard to beat their pricing. You can also pick up just about anything else there. Some Cat 6 patch cables for my AEBS, Optical cables, etc.
     
  13. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Wow they have dropped in price since I bought mine. :D Although I know there were cheaper ones at the time.
     
  14. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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  15. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    It's a funny thing. If I draw a circle with my house at the center and the nearest Wal-Mart at the outer edge, there are no less than six Apple stores inside that circle.

    A.
     
  16. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Must be nice.. I have three in my area, nearest one is 25+ miles away..........and that is being generous. Through in traffic and might as well make a day out of it. :)
     
  17. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Fun game.

    I just checked the maps and I have 5 Apple Stores within 25 miles of my house, with the closest being 9 miles away.

    I have 3 Walmart stores that fall inside of 9 miles.

    I'm in SE Pennsylvania.
     
  18. paduck macrumors 6502

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    That's the price of Buying British...
     

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