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    Connecting a Macbook Pro to a HDMI TV using: minidisplay port to HDMI adapter vs DVI
    I have seen two different ways to connect a Macbook Pro to a HDMI TV. The first way is to use a minidisplay port to HDMI adapter such as this For only $6.30 each when QTY 50+ purchased - Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter | Mini DisplayPort to HDMI / DVI / VGA Adapters and just get a wire that has hdmi ports on both sides such as this For only $17.57 each when QTY 50+ purchased - 20ft 22AWG CL2 High Speed HDMI Cable - Black | Professional 22AWG HDMI High Speed Certified Male to Male Cables

    I have also seen it done with the configuration in this video: YouTube - Connect New Macbook To TV With Sound , with a mini dvi adapter connected to a dvi - hdmi cable.

    What is the difference with these two configurations, and which one is better?

    Thanks for the help

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    DVI does not carry audio so you will not get audio from the macbook pro on the tv.

    Don't buy a $20 HDMI cable, please. You can get them for $3 or so on Amazon and they work the same.

    So just get a mini displayport to HDMI then an HDMI cable from the adapter to the TV.
    And be sure to check if your MBP supports audio out through HDMI as only the new 2010 models do.

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    Along with the sticky - DVI & Displayport are not the same thing. Neither are mini-DVI & mini displayport.

    After you've read through the 1st post in the sticky, you'll discover there are a lot more than 2 ways to connect a Mac to a TV. Feel free to post back for further help with the info we need to get you headed in the right direction.

    1st question already - why do you need a 20' cable?
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