9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2010 3:50 PM by Stephen Spark
TLFroh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Just got the Sony and attempting to hook up the Apple TV and realized that I can't use just HDMI like with my other Sony, but I need an audio cable (L/R or red/white). I have never purchased one, not even sure what they are officially called and if they all work the same (I am electronically challenged outside of the computer). If you have this set up and know where and what type of audio cable I need please let me know! Thanks in advance.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,785 points)
    TLFroh wrote:
    Just got the Sony and attempting to hook up the Apple TV and realized that I can't use just HDMI like with my other Sony,


    Why not?

    AppleTv sends audio/video over HDMI, has analogue audio (red/white jacks) for use with component video or any sound system needing analogue inputs, and also has optical out for home theatre setups (that don't use HDMI).

    Just try an HDMI lead it should work.
  • TLFroh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, Apple TV works with both video and audio on HDMI, but the TV HDMI doesn't accept audio. I got an audio/video cable and that doesn't work either. I'll have to call Apple tomorrow.
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,785 points)
    TLFroh wrote:
    Yes, Apple TV works with both video and audio on HDMI, but the TV HDMI doesn't accept audio. I got an audio/video cable and that doesn't work either. I'll have to call Apple tomorrow.


    What's the model - seems bizarre for a new Sony set.
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    TLFroh wrote:
    Yes, Apple TV works with both video and audio on HDMI, but the TV HDMI doesn't accept audio.


    if it doesn't then you either have a faulty HDMI cable or a faulty TV.
    HDMI carries both video and audio and any TV made in the last 10 years that has an HDMI port will accept video and audio over HDMI.
  • TLFroh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You are correct, and I think I read the Sony manual wrong (under HDMI in the Audio column it says Audio L/R is necessary when HDMI is connected to DVI with an adapter). Something is not right...only because I got a new TV and was looking forward to some great home entertainment for the weekend! I hope the DirecTV works when they come hook it up today! Thanks for your response.
  • TLFroh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Faulty HDMI occurred to me too, so I just took another HDMI cable that I know works w/Apple TV and same problem (even though I had a brand new Belkin that I ordered with my Apple TV). I tested with a DVD player and the video/audio cables and it had sound, and the TV makes dinging noises when I go through the settings so I know the TV audio works. The true test with HDMI and audio will be when I get DirecTV set up today. If no sound then it's the TV HDMI problem and I go to Sony. I had a vision of plugging everything in and it just working...silly me! Thanks for your help!
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,785 points)
    DVI interfaces do not transmit audio, only video ordinarily.

    If you haver a DVI interface on the TV and are connecting AppleTV to it with HDMI and a DVI adapter that's the issue.

    For audio you simply need a pait of jack plug terminated analogue audio leads, coloured red and white (like the cables for analogue connections to an audio amplifier).

    You would also probably need to configure inputs on teh Sopnyt for it to know where it's getting audio from (eg rear/front panel connections).
  • TLFroh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Got the DirecTV set up and it had sound (using HDMI) so decided to try a hard reboot of the AppleTV and guess what... I got sound! It had not occurred to me to think like a Windows person (if in doubt, reboot) but thought I would give it a shot before I contacted Apple. So I guess giving it a reboot (unplug from power source) was the ultimate solution. Thanks everyone!
  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,415 points)
    My Bravia is a few years old and this may or may not apply to your TV. One HDMI connection on my TV supports bot audio and video. The second HDMI connection only supports video and has it's own set of RCA audio connections.

    Edit: My post was slow and not relevant. Glad to hear you figured it out. I mainly use the analog RCA connection and switch to the digital optical out when a 5.1 sound track is available. I have also lost the digital audio out on my ATV on a rare occasion where the analog connections worked. Rebooting always fixed it.

    Message was edited by: Stephen Spark