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AppleTV3 optical out

6937 Views 14 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2013 12:06 PM by rogierlommers RSS
Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,625 points)
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Mar 22, 2012 11:43 AM

Never encountered this before, but I cannot get dolby digital out over optical unless I set the option to On not Auto, and if I do that I get no sound on the TV over HDMI because it's presumably no longer being sent the stereo linear PCM.


It seems setting DD to On forces it to output that over HDMI even if TV doesn't accept it, whereas Auto selects what the HDMI device can handle i.e. stereo only in this case for the TV.


This never used to happen on ATV1 or 2 for me.


Anyone else?



  • micj Calculating status...
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    Mar 22, 2012 2:53 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    Yes, I too have to set DD to "on" to get DD over optical to my receiver.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Mar 25, 2012 12:35 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    I only have one Apple TV 3. It's currently connected to the television in the kitchen which doesn't have a home theatre system to accompany it. However when I first received the Apple TV, I connected it to the TV in the front rooom which does have a home theatre system.


    When it was connected up in the front room, it was connected by HDMI to the TV and optical to the theatre system. I have to assume that Dolby digital was set to on, because when I tested, the receiver told me it was receiving Dolby digital. I never noticed that audio came from the TV or not, as my TV speakers are permanently turned off.

    I note though, when I played music from the Apple TV, I was not forced to adjust any settings in order to hear it through my home theatre system. I assume therefore that Apple TV automatically switches when Dolby Digital is not present, perhaps you can confirm this.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)
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    Mar 26, 2012 1:06 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    Do you not find it distracting, having the TV speakers on at the same time as the receiver.

  • jaimebaker Calculating status...
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    Mar 28, 2012 10:23 AM (in response to Alley_Cat)


    I have tried following your  tech logic.... but simple answer. SET reciever  to Dolby Digital ON position and it should take care of it.

    If i am running  optical to the receiver from the apple tv  & running WHAT  to the tv from the reciever??  Is there such thing as optical OUT to the tv or will the HDMI cable currently in place enough.

  • jackiefromharlow Calculating status...
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    May 20, 2012 6:03 AM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    This truly is Apple letting down ATV users.  I had this issue with my G1 ATV, and bought G3 to overcome some streaming issues.  The streaming issues have been sorted, but this problem is ludicrous - the issues have been known by Apple for some time, and I received a response after 3 complaints that it was being worked on - but no solution.  I simply want to play my music through my Home Cinema set-up without having to hav the tv on - is this too technical a problem for the guys at Apple to solve, or is it simly seen as unimportant?


    Customer Satisfaction surveys give Apple regular top of the class ratings - I wish they'd ask me...


    Completely and utterly let down by Apple.

  • rogierlommers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 22, 2013 12:06 PM (in response to Alley_Cat)

    Any news on this? Still not able to force output to optical (toslink)?


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