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Best way to experience macbook on hdtv with sound.

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nvnv0 Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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Mar 31, 2012 5:11 AM

Is it better to go for home theatre with in-built wifi so that it can play sound from mac or apple tv or simply cables and some speakers?

Is there any home theatre which can browse files from mac drive?

Or simply use hdmi cable of home theatre for hdtv and toslink for surround 5.1 sound from macbook 2008 white(has mini dvi)?

Does this method sound good or best is to not to play from mac but from external hard in NTSC format.

I am thinking of buying new panasonic 3d home theatre as it will be good for 13x15 ft area.

macbook4,1, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,195 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 7:46 AM (in response to nvnv0)

    The home theatre with built-in wifi may or may not understand the iTunes protocols that the Mac is sending unless it says it supports iTunes.     

     

    See this tip for various options to hook your Mac to the Home Theater or your TV:

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2821

    10.7.1 iMac 5,1 MacBook Pro 3,1, Mac OS X (10.7.1), - * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,195 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 7:52 AM (in response to nvnv0)

    Then don't get the home theater.  You won't be able to use iTunes anyway, just the formats that come on the Mac.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,195 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 8:14 AM (in response to nvnv0)

    I don't know much about game systems.   They add a new wrinkle to everything.  Assuming your TV has the HDMI ports to support all the devices you wish to view on it, a home theater system is just extra fluff to take care of.    As for speakers Logitech Z680 are great 5.1 speakers that work with Macs.  No home theater system required, and they aren't as expensive as most home theater systems.  The only downside is they aren't wireless.   With wired speakers you need to find a way to hide the wires.   Be careful not to get any speakers that don't support SPDIF.    Many are designed only to use special sound cards that only come with PCs that have three separate channel inputs that aren't digital.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,195 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 6:17 AM (in response to nvnv0)

    Even if you just get a window air conditioner unit, it will help all computer equipment immensely. 35C is the max most computers can tolerate in room temperature.   With overheating life of computers shorten, and you get many more instant shutdowns.  Even Apple's own specs say your ambient air temperature should be below 35C. 

     

    "Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C) Storage temperature: -13° to 113° F (-24° to 45° C)"

    Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet

    Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet"

    10.7.1 iMac 5,1 MacBook Pro 3,1, Mac OS X (10.7.1), - * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,195 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 8:29 AM (in response to nvnv0)

    Well don't just live with the problem (the swollen battery), replace it.   You may be able to get Apple to replace free if you go to an authorized service provider who has heard of the problem.   If allowed to go without fixing, it could cause injury, or damage your machine permanently.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,195 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to nvnv0)

    That will not solve the problem indefinitely.    You are risking yourself injury, and your computer permanent damage continuing to do that.  The swollen batteries have a bad mixture of electrolytes.  If allowed to be charged indefinitely, they may even have a mini-explosion.  

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,195 points)
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    Apr 7, 2012 8:50 AM (in response to nvnv0)

    I might also add the problems you've had with Lion may be indirectly related to your unsafe battery.    After all, when it swells, if it hits some case components, shorts, and other not pretty thing things can happen that aren't expected by the operating system.

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