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Identifying the Audio and Video ports on your Mac, TV and audio equipment
Read the "First:" section of Post # 3 above. After you've been to everymac.com you can check below to visually verify the connection type on your Mac.

Audio


RCA jack

stereo 3.5mm mini-plug This is the same as the headphone port on your Mac. Your Mac is a combo port. It is both - a stereo 3.5 mm mini-plug and a mini-toslink (optical) port. (Except for at least some of the MacBook Airs whose port is analog only.)

Optical & Coaxial Optical on the left (aka Toslink), Coax on the right - looks just like the RCA ports except it will be orange.




Video

composite and component video


mini-VGA


VGA


mini-DVI


DVI


mini displayport and Thunderbolt


HDMI

You just bought a new (current model) Mac - your Mac supports audio and video out through these adapters.


The following mini-displayport to HDMI adapters (and one cable) carry audio: - approximate pricing at the time of the last update.

OWC: NewerTech - $15

Monoprice - Finally has one that will pass audio and only <$7

Belkin - $35 from Apple

Kanex iAdapt HDMI v2 - $15 from Amazon when it's in stock - please note the "v2" in the name - if it's not v2, it won't carry audio

Griffin Video Display Converter - $30 from Amazon. This is a dual adapter providing you with the capability of HDMI or a DVI connection.

The Amazon prices do fluctuate a fair amount, so check them all out there.

Amazon:
There have been a few generic adapters ranging in price from $5-$10 including shipping from Amazon that do work. There are a great many more that do not carry audio. The problem, every one and their mother has jumped on the ship with adapters that are listed as carrying the audio that really don't. We have had a couple of them listed that were verified to work, and then the manufacturer of the adapter changes and even the wording of the exact link changed from "Supports Audio" to "Does not carry audio".

Bottom line: You're on your own purchasing one of the cheapie adapters from Amazon - you can no longer rely on the user reviews there either, because reviews were given based on adapters that did carry audio, they ran out and changed to an adapter that doesn't carry audio. Take your chances on saving a few bucks and a possible headache or just buy one of the above adapters that will work.
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