Why does the Apple TV have an optical audio port?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Apple!Fre@k, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Apple!Fre@k macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2006
    I don't understand. If the Apple TV doesn't have any component output now and only HDMI, why does it have an optical audio output right next to the HDMI? Doesn't HDMI carry video AND audio? What's the purpose is connecting both an HDMI cable and a Tos-link cable for the same source?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    To connect to a 5.1 speaker system or other dedicated receiver, as many built-in TV speakers have abysmal quality.
  3. jbrenn macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    some home theather systems have hdmi for video. But they do no support audio via hdmi. The sony str-dg520 is an example
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    In my home theater (well, technically my dad's but anyway), I couldn't get audio if there was no dedicated audio output. The HDMI would go to the projector but there is no audio in the projector so I would need e.g. optical audio to get some sound to the 5.1 speakers.

    It's weird that you're "complaining" about an extra port, usually people complain about the lack of ports in their Apple products :p
  5. Apple!Fre@k thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2006
  6. Zimmy68 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    I probably wouldn't buy the new AppleTV if it didn't have one.
    My HDMI receiver has 2 HDMI inputs.
    They are currently being used by my Xbox and PS3.
    I can hook up my ApplyTV to my TV directly with HDMI and since it doesn't use hidef audio, it isn't necessary to waste an input on my receiver.
    Doesn't mean I don't want 5.1 sound.
    I have plenty of optical inputs on my receiver.

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