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appleiser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

I have been using an Apple TV 3 for a fair while now with my TV and have had no issues. I am now sick of the low quality sound that my TV's internal speakers produce so I went and bought a cheap (but surprisngly good) set of 2.1 PC speakers and connected them via RCA cables to the TV.

 

Normal TV programs are now played through the external speakers but audio from my Apple TV (connected to the TV via HDMI) does not play through the external speakers, only through the crappy internal ones. Any ideas on how to fix this? I had a look through the TV settings (very limited) but nothing seemed to be wrong there, and nothing stood out to me in the ATV settings.

 

I was under the impression that if I plug external speakers into the TV via RCA any audio that the TV produces should be sent to the external speakers...


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  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (16,405 points)

    External speakers would have to be connected via optical port on the Apple TV. If you want it to be transfered to analogue speakers you would have to go through an audio out port on your TV.

  • appleiser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    They are connected to the audio out on my TV

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (16,405 points)

    Then it would be a TV setting. I set it up this way through one of my TVs and had to change the audio to an external source for the Apple TV (HDMI) input.

  • appleiser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is no option to select external or internal audio.

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (16,405 points)

    Each TV will be different, that is how it was on mine. Refer to your TV manual.

  • appleiser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In my post I have said that I have been through the TV settings and nothing was wrong there. There was barely anything relevant.

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (16,405 points)

    You couldn't find it, doesn't necessarily mean it isn't there. Please refer to your TV manual. If it really isn't then contact the manufacturer. The setting would need to be done on your TV, it is not something that can be done via ATV.

  • appleiser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Why would it be the fault of the TV? It is sending audio perfectly fine to the speakers when watching normal TV, so this suggests to me it is an issue with the ATV

  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (16,405 points)

    This is a different input. Audio is sent over HDMI to your Tv, it is the TVs job to set the output to the external speaker. If you refuse to check your Tv manual there is nothing else to say.

  • Jeton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello

     

    RCA-cables are used for analog signals.

    When connecting a device (for example ATV) via HDMI to TV, the sound sent is in digital format. The TV would have to convert this input signal to analog and output it to speakers, i.e it has to have a built in digital to analog converter for the sound output. I don't know how old your TV is, but the most TV sets should have this function.

     

    The reason why the speaker set works with programs from TV is probably because you have connected the TV to an antenna, and the signal is analog.

     

    Did you try to connect another unit with hdmi to TV and see if that works (DVD player)?

     

    Regards

    Jeton

  • Jeton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You could also try to change sound settings on ATV.

     

    Set the audio output mode for the Apple TV:

     

    With your Apple Remote, select Settings > Audio & Video.

    Change the Audio Output setting from Auto to 16 bit.

     

    Turn off the Dolby Digital Out setting (your TV or receiver may not be properly detecting a Dolby Digital signal):

     

    With your Apple Remote, select Settings > Audio & Video.

    Change the Dolby Digital Out setting from On to Off.

  • appleiser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok so I have a digital set top box (that I dont really use) that can be connected via HDMI so I tried that. It has the same issue, doesnt work with external speakers but fine with the internals. So does this say that my TV can't convert the digital audio to analog? Although it can decode it and play it through its internal speakers, just cant convert it and output it?

     

    If that is the case, the TV has optical output as well. Is that what I have to use for digital audio out? My external speakers don't have optical input...

     

    I couldn't find anything about it in the manual.

     

    The TV is a Celestial LT4286mx (kinda old now).

  • Jeton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It may be a problem with the TV's internal DAC, allowing it to convert the signal and play sound on the TV speakers, but not allowing the analog signal to output to audio out ports when input is digital. You can use the optical out from the TV also, but then you have to get an external digital to analog converter to be able to connect it with you speakers. Or you could use the optical out from the ATV as well.

     

    For example one of these:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Optical-Coaxial-Toslink-Converter/dp/B0074JZ8ZW

     

    Best regards

    Jeton

  • appleiser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If its digital TV I am watching, why is the audio analog? Surely that would be digital as well...

     

    Also, would the TV be able to send the analog audio through the optical out? Or will I need a set of speakers that has separate inputs for analog and digital and seitch between the sources? Ie should the TV be able to convert analog audio to digital and output it via optical??

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