6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2015 9:29 AM by Fede N
RemiBatman Level 1 (0 points)

I tried 2 connection but it looks like it doesnt work.....I hope I am worng....




Optical audio cable from TV to Bose Cinemate (TV audio optical input)

HDMI From Apple TV to TV

Optical audio Cable from Apple TV to Bose Cinemate ( AUX audio optical mode)


RESULT : System is working, I can stream music with apple tv and when I am watching regular TV I have the sound with the cinemate,  but we cant stream the music when the TV is OFF





Optical audio cable from TV to sBose Cinemate (AUX audio optical mode)

HDMI From Apple TV to TV

Optical audio Cable from Aplle TV to Bose Cinemate (TV audio optical input)

RESULT : I can stream the music when the TV is ON or OFF but now the speaker doesn't work with the TV. ( NO sound when watching the TV......)

The idea is to be able to stream music when the TV is OFF without having switching cable........




Apple TV, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • guiave Level 1 (0 points)

    It's the same for me.

    I don't have solution for that, it's very bad for apple and it's a shame.



  • julesnewtoMac Level 4 (1,250 points)



    The problem is NOT the apple tv it looks like the set up to the BOSE.  The problem from what you say is with the AUX audio optical mode on the BOSE as that is the input that is being the problem.  I have apple TV optical audio to a Samsung Sound Bar and it works completely indipendently of the TV and TV sound through the HDMI.



  • dennis18r Level 1 (5 points)

    The problem is with the Bose bar and not the Apple TV .  I have confirmed that sound is Transmitted from both the HDMI output and the Optical (Toslink) output simultaneously from the Apple TV


    The BOSE bar AUTOMATICALLY selects the best quality signal . You can't select it.   So HDMI  will win and once the TV is off,  audio will not work. 


    The AUX port is essential useless as Bose told me its for "Redundancy" and you can't "select" to use it. 


    What you need is an optical selector .  I bought this one for around $20 from amazon .  I like it because its black and you can connect up to 4 devices. 




    Because the Bose bar inputs from the Optical out on the back of the TV,  have it now go through the selector.  Your Apple TV can be input 2 . 


    You can now watch TV or Apple TV normally but if you want to still hear the music from Apple TV ,  manually change the selector to input 2 on the optical selector device .  When you turn off TV it will still play sound coming from apple tv's optical output . 


    Works perfectly !  Cheap work around .  Unfortunately for such an expensive Bose device you shouldn't  need to buy "work arounds" but I'm very happy with the sound quality and I'm a Bose believer .   So it was worth doing . 

  • red5501 Level 1 (0 points)



    I just purchased the optical selector you mentioned.  However, I forgot to buy an additional optical cable!  I actually forgot that ATV has an optical input since I've always just used the HDMI.


    I actually have a Sonos Soundbar.  I was bummed that I too couldn't simply play music through my ATV for reasons listed above.  I was about to exchange it for a bose cinemate until I realized I'd have teh same problem.  Being it's the same problem, I'm sure your solution will work just fine.


    I'm looking forward to setting this up. 



  • Navy Senior Chief Level 1 (5 points)

    Optical audio switching is the only way to go.


    Here's my set up.


    DRV, BLURAY & Apple TV optical audio out to a Toslink 3 to 1 switcher going straight to the main TV optical input on my Bose Cinemate 1SR. Works like a charm.


    I opted for the $30 remote control enabled optical switch I bought from eBay but if you have a manual $6-10 optical switch...that would work too. Just don't buy the Y splitter, it would simply not work. I'm also looking at possibly going for an automatic optical audio switch in the near future from:


    Audio Authority 1177A-1 TOSLink/Coaxial Digital Switcher/Switch Automatic SPDIF


    Bit expensive at around $180ish but at least it'll automate my set up better.

  • Fede N Level 1 (0 points)

    In my Bose Cinemate 130

    My ATV is connected to the Bose with HDMI & optical in the AUX device


    Press System

    1- option 3 HDMI CEC turn off

    2- option 11 optical > aux

    3- Turn off TV


    Ready! you can stream ypur music from your iphone throuhg the ATV (airplay mode) with the TV off