HT1586: Apple TV (1st generation): Guide to ports and connectorsLearn about Apple TV (1st generation): Guide to ports and connectors
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to ZabiDee)
Welcome to the Apple Community.
Unfortunately, you can't plug your Apple TV audio into a headphone jack, because they are both outputs.
Ideally you should plug the output from your Apple TV into your surround sound system optical input with an optical cable. Does it have one.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 26, 2013 4:01 PM (in response to Winston Churchill)
It doesn't have an optical input just the Av1/2 and the s-video out , the av2 is currently connected to my TV allowing me to play the apple tv audio through my surround sound speakers.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 27, 2013 4:46 AM (in response to Winston Churchill)
The Apple TV is connected to the TV via the HDMI then the audio from the TV is connected to the AV2 input via the headphone jack, it seems to be working fine, I was just wondering if I needed or could use a digital optical audio cable as my surround system is analog?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 27, 2013 5:34 AM (in response to ZabiDee)
I suspect it's not a headphone input but a mic or other input port, but I don't think that matters too much since it's working.
It seems that your TV is acting as a Digital to analogue converter, not all TV's do this. However, it will only work in stereo and not surround sound. If you have surround sound analogue inputs you might consider a multi-channel DAC, but I have no information about how successful other users have been using such a converter.