10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 17, 2010 10:01 AM by Alley_Cat
caharding Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi All,

I have just bought myself some speakers (some B&O Beolab6000) which have amps built in, to connect to the apple TV.
I am completely flummoxed about how to do this, if I connect it direct to the apple TV, it's REALLY REALLY loud and although i can turn the apple TV volume down for music, it's no good when playing movies because it can't be adjusted.
I have an HDMI cable running to the TV at the moment, and the speakers plugged into the apple TV.
Is there a way I can change how I have connected it so I can control the volume or do I need some other connection?

Help!
  • 1. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    the volume control should be on the speakers (same as it would if you have connected a DVD player to them).

    connect the appletv to your speakers via optical (or via red/white if you don't want 5.1 audio) and then adjust your speaker volume to suit.
  • 2. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    caharding Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    But I can't adjust the volume?
    My speakers plug straight into the apple TV I have no controlling unit or way of adjusting the speaker volume via the speakers
  • 3. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    caharding wrote:
    But I can't adjust the volume?
    My speakers plug straight into the apple TV I have no controlling unit or way of adjusting the speaker volume via the speakers


    seems strange that a set of speakers with an amp built-in would have no volume control

    anyway, the appletv does not have volume control for video playback, so you will need to think of something else.
  • 4. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    ménage-à-trois Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    caharding wrote:
    But I can't adjust the volume?


    what's the make and model of your speakers ?
  • 5. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    ménage-à-trois wrote:
    what's the make and model of your speakers ?


    already stated at the beginning B&O Beolab6000

    i've had a quick look at them and these speakers are designed to be connected to an audio system that does have volume control.
    looks like these are not suitable for your current setup.
  • 6. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    ménage-à-trois Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
    you do pay attention, Simon

    well, according to the user guide, these things don't have volume control indeed.

    what a load of ....
  • 7. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,040 points)
    ménage-à-trois wrote:
    you do pay attention, Simon

    well, according to the user guide, these things don't have volume control indeed.

    what a load of ....


    Are they designed to work with some kind of B&O preamp which would control the volume?
  • 8. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    Alley_Cat wrote:
    Are they designed to work with some kind of B&O preamp which would control the volume?


    reading about them on the B&O website, it appears it looks that way.
  • 9. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,040 points)
    Ok, this product:

    http://www.bang-olufsen.com/beolab6000

    Try the FAQ:

    http://www.bang-olufsen.com/faq?prodid=25

    First question:

    *Can I connect my Bang & Olufsen speakers to non-Bang & Olufsen products?*

    +Yes, you can connect Bang & Olufsen speakers to non-Bang & Olufsen products.+
    +*The speakers must be connected to a line output (volume controlled line out) of the amplifier.* This is done with different cables as you can see in the below table. They are all available from your Bang & Olufsen retailer. You can find your nearest retailer here. If there is no line in on the speakers and a PowerLink is required, then use a Line/PowerLink adaptor cable.+



    So clearly they are designed to be controlled by an amp which can adjust output volume on the line out, or if you're lucky single sources with volume control - unfortunately AppleTv only has it for audio (and never had that originally).
  • 10. Re: Connecting Apple TV to speakers
    Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,040 points)
    Chenks wrote:
    Alley_Cat wrote:
    Are they designed to work with some kind of B&O preamp which would control the volume?


    reading about them on the B&O website, it appears it looks that way.


    Yes - active speakers like this effectively stick the poweramp in the speaker enclosures, and connect direct to a pre-amp to control source/volume.

    AC