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Cano44 Level 1 (0 points)
I just bought a new apple tv. The setup was pretty simple, with the exception that I cannot get the optical audio output to work with my Sony home theater.

If I switch tha optical sound cable from the apple tv to the cable tv converter box I get sound fine in the sound system, so I know the sound system works fine and is setup to take input thru the optical cable.

Any one experiencing the same problem?

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  • Mikethekiwi Level 1 (5 points)
    Try and see if there is a way of assigning inputs on your receiver. i've got a pioneer receiver and I had to make sure the optical input was assigned to a free component input....i.e. I use the CD input to accept optical audio from the Apple TV
  • jhillestad Level 1 (45 points)
    Did you try going into setup and taking it off ' auto ' ..... ? Maybe that will force the sony to see it...
  • RequestTimeout Level 1 (5 points)
    hey buddy,

    How old is your Sony receiver? You have to be careful here because receivers that were made about 2 years ago, a lot of the lower range one only does HDMI pass-through. This means that your receiver only passes both the video and audio signal onto the end points, i.e takes the signal from your apple TV and outputs them onto your TV. It does not split the video and audio stream and send the audio to your home theater speakers. So make sure you plug your hdmi and optical out into the same set of input ports. On most Sony receivers, this device is under the Blue Ray class of input, where it takes video from the hdmi and the audio from the optical. If you have them on two separate class, say, HDMI to the DVD in, and optical in to the blue ray, then certainly when you set your receiver to DVD, you get video and audio on your TV speakers. And when you set your receiver to blue ray, you only get audio but not video.
  • Cano44 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your post. I did try to see if there was anything in the menu of the home theater system and even called Sony but they only confirmed that there is no other setting.

    It might simply be that the Sony system is too low-end (which I know it is) to work. What kills me is that it is not that old, year and half at most.

    Thanks again
  • Cano44 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi there.

    I believe you are right on. The problem appears to be that the system is too low-end and exactly bought about two years ago.

    I cannot really connect the apple TV HDMI to the sony system because it does not have an HDMI input, only output to send the DVD signal to the TV.

    I know, I know... one gets what one pays for...

    I guess is time to go for a less basic home theater system...

    I am wondering if I am just one of the first having this problem with low-end Sony home theater system....
  • Brrrrrr Level 1 (0 points)
    May be a silly reply, but, does your television have an optical output ? I run my optical line from the tv optical output directly to my home theater receiver and the sound comes out just fine.
  • Robert Farthing Level 1 (65 points)
    Did you set the "Dolby Digital Out" setting to "on" in the Audio and video settings menu?

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  • SchmuFoo Level 1 (0 points)
    AV-Receiver with HDMI cabability and the Pass-Trough VS. Switching story is a true thing on older equipment BUT:

    What about connecting the Apple TV via HDMI to the Television (Set Volume to Zero) and the optical SPDIF Cable direct to a port on the Sony AV-System?

    I couldn't belive that there is no option to play incoming digital audio signals.
    This is Basic Stuff a lot of people are doing with the Sat & Cable Set Top Boxes or even Game Consoles since years... what i am saying at least ten years since the days of xbox 1 etc!
  • VARDALOS Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the Sony Receiver dilemma also. So, Apple TV > HDMI > Sony Receiver; then use an optical cable from my Sony TV (optical audio out) > Sony Revceiver. This will work?
  • newagemac Level 2 (240 points)
    If you have an HDMI input on your receiver, you don't need the optical cable at all. Just connect your Apple TV to the receiver with an HDMI cable and you are good to go.

    However, to get the best out of my TV I still connect the optical cable from the TV to the receiver so when I'm watching regular TV through an antenna or anything I choose to plug into my TV's inputs, I can still get 5.1 surround through my receiver.
  • VARDALOS Level 1 (0 points)
    You were right. From Apple TV via HDMI to receiver then HDMI to TV and you can get surround sound. There is a setting in the receiver that lets you determine the mode of sound that you want for each input to the receiver, I picked the mode for my input and it was a done deal . Once cable does the trick. Thanks again.
  • katieandron Level 1 (5 points)
    I just received Apple TV as a gift, but I'm also having problems connecting it to my Sony Home Theater System. I have a Sony Bravia TV and the Sony Bravia DVD Home Theater System. My TV has two HDMI inputs, but the inexpensive home theater system only has one HDMI out jack. Before I received the Apple TV, I had the cable box plugged into HDMI 1, and the home theater in HDMI 2.

    I did some research online and found what I thought I needed - an HDMI switch. So I got one, but it hasn't solved my problem...I still can't get the Apple TV to play through the home theater system. I've tried several different setup combinations. Should I just give up and buy a better receiver that has more than one HDMI output?
  • newagemac Level 2 (240 points)
    Your Home Theater system has an HDMI output but no HDMI inputs? I might be wrong but I don't think Sony makes any like that. You should have at least 2 HDMI inputs on your Sony Home Theater System. Connect the cable box and the Apple TV to those.

    If you insist on connecting your two boxes directly to the TV, you will need to connect an optical cable from your TV to your receiver to get 5.1 surround sound.
  • katieandron Level 1 (5 points)
    I know, it sounds strange, but I swear there's only one HDMI output. I think it's because the receiver is also a DVD player. (Sony DVD Home Theater System - DAV-DAZ170).

    Sounds like I'm SOL.
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