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I can't buy an Apple TV?

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Phil Rogers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Oct 4, 2010 9:15 PM
I have a Sony Wega 42 inch flat screen TV, but it only has DVI inputs. And no optical audio input. The guy at the store said there was absolutely no way to connect the new Apple TV to my Television and he could not sell it to me.

Is there no workaround for this?
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  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 12:05 AM (in response to Phil Rogers)
    Phil Rogers wrote:
    Is there no workaround for this?


    short of buying a TV set with HDMI jack, no.

    JGG

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  • HeyJP Level 4 Level 4 (2,375 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 12:17 PM (in response to Phil Rogers)
    Phil,

    You can use an HDMI-to-DVI cable to connect the video portion of the ATV2 output to your Sony. However, you will have to have some kind of amplifier to handle the digital sound out of the ATV2 optical sound-out. There are Optical Audio-to-Analog audio converters available for $50-80.

    Kind of a pain, but I assume your Sony has analog audio inputs. And I assume you are not using a stereo and external speakers for audio?

    Jim
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  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,100 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 1:48 PM (in response to HeyJP)
    Is one able to route the audio via the TV? My receiver is analogue but I was thinking of having the audio go through the tv (by HDMI) and then to the receiver.
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  • Ho Lee MACkeral Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 1:54 PM (in response to vazandrew)
    If your TV has rca audio outputs then you can send the signal to a line-level input on the receiver.
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  • sneirbo2k7 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 1:58 PM (in response to Phil Rogers)
    There are HDMI to DVI switches on the market

    (http://www.markertek.com/Routers-Switchers-DA's/HDMI-Switchers/Unique-Product-Solutions/44-555.xhtml)

    With this device you could plug the AppleTVs HDMI into one side, then route DVI and RCA Audio to your HDTV.
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  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (13,100 points)
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    Oct 5, 2010 2:26 PM (in response to Ho Lee MACkeral)
    Yes my TV does have RCA. I would be plugging HDMI into ATV (which would output the audio to my TV) and then RCA from receiver to my HDTV

    It's a very good receiver and I didn't want to get an expensive converter when this seemed like a viable option. Thanks for the clarification.
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  • HeyJP Level 4 Level 4 (2,375 points)
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    Oct 6, 2010 10:49 AM (in response to sneirbo2k7)
    Sneirbo,

    Careful. The HDMI/DVI switch you referenced is strictly a passive box. It will pass HDMI to HDMI, DVI to DVI and/or Digital Audio to Digital Audio, Analog audio to analog audio.

    It will not convert HMDI Digital audio to the analog Audio outputs. It is just a set of passive 2-to-1 selectors.

    It will not solve the original problem posted here. Albeit a nice box to know about.

    Jim
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  • sneirbo2k7 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Oct 6, 2010 4:38 PM (in response to HeyJP)
    My apologies - I didn't read that last line! SORRY!
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  • ciao_alexisb Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 11:17 AM (in response to Phil Rogers)
    Apple is delivering very poor information on this topic...

    If your TV has a DVI input you could get video through a HDMI to DVI cable, right?
    Is that cable delivering audio too?
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  • Robert Farthing Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 11:24 AM (in response to ciao_alexisb)
    It might be an idea to wait until Apple sort out the Home sharing issues before anyone considers getting an ATV2. It just doesn't work with your iTunes library (most of the time).

    Bob.
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  • tgibbs Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Oct 8, 2010 2:07 PM (in response to HeyJP)
    People are reporting problems with HDMI-to-DVI cables. Better wait for the dust to settle a bit before trying this.
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