New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

MacBook - MacBook to 1080p HDTV?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
MacBoi

 
MacBoi's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posts: 121
MacBoi is on a distinguished road

MacBoi is offline
i am about to buy an HDTV but first want to know if i can use my macbook with it? if so can anyone help me with what i will need to buy to do so and get the best picture/sound? here is the TV i am buying. http://www.westinghousedigital.com/d...spx?itemnum=56
thanks in advance
QUOTE Thanks
RiDE

 
RiDE's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 13, 2006
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas!
Posts: 3,559
RiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: Mac's

RiDE is offline
You need the $19.00 Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, and either a DVI-to-DVI cable or an DVI-to-HDMI cable.
QUOTE Thanks
MacBoi

 
MacBoi's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posts: 121
MacBoi is on a distinguished road

MacBoi is offline
wow that's cheap. will that send sound from my mac to the hdtv also?
QUOTE Thanks
devites

 
Member Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posts: 27
devites is on a distinguished road

devites is offline
No it does not. You have to plug your surround sound or stereo system into the headphone input.
QUOTE Thanks
MacBoi

 
MacBoi's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posts: 121
MacBoi is on a distinguished road

MacBoi is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by RIDE View Post
You need the $19.00 Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, and either a DVI-to-DVI cable or an DVI-to-HDMI cable.
would that be a DVI M/F or DVI M/M cable?
QUOTE Thanks
teamkimbo

 
Member Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posts: 1
teamkimbo is on a distinguished road

teamkimbo is offline
first post. hello.

anyway - i have the same question, but heard these parts can be picked up from www.monoprice.com at a cheaper price.

i've been searching monoprice and my only concern is purchasing the correct Mini-DVI to DVI adapter. does anyone have a link or product # for the adapter?
QUOTE Thanks
RiDE

 
RiDE's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 13, 2006
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas!
Posts: 3,559
RiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond reputeRiDE has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: Mac's

RiDE is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacBoi View Post
would that be a DVI M/F or DVI M/M cable?
It's the Male/Male... as the DVI on the Adapter is Female as is the port on the TV.

Quote:
Originally Posted by teamkimbo View Post
first post. hello.

anyway - i have the same question, but heard these parts can be picked up from www.monoprice.com at a cheaper price.

i've been searching monoprice and my only concern is purchasing the correct Mini-DVI to DVI adapter. does anyone have a link or product # for the adapter?
Here ya go:
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...nMore=M9321G/B
QUOTE Thanks
Noxian

 
Noxian's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 17, 2006
Posts: 542
Noxian is a jewel in the roughNoxian is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: MacBook Pro 2.2ghz, 3GB, 250GB - 16GB White iPhone 3G - 2nd Gen 1GB Shuffle

Noxian is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by devites View Post
No it does not. You have to plug your surround sound or stereo system into the headphone input.
Yup you also can use the optical out if your stereo supports optical input
QUOTE Thanks
MacBoi

 
MacBoi's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posts: 121
MacBoi is on a distinguished road

MacBoi is offline
okay, thanks for the help everyone. i just have one more question. will dvi to hdmi produce better quality than dvi to dvi or is it the same?
QUOTE Thanks
wytwolf

 
wytwolf's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 09, 2006
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 358
wytwolf will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: 2.2Ghz i7 Late 2011 MBP: 16GB Ram 500GB Seagate XT HD

wytwolf is offline
Most HDTV's don't use DVI anymore, that's why everyone is suggesting DVI to HDMI. But no there should be no difference, both are a digital signal.
QUOTE Thanks
deathcloud

 
deathcloud's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 25, 2009
Location: Jacksonville FL
Posts: 232
deathcloud is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 13'' Macbook Pro 2.26 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1067 Mhz DDR3 500 GB 7200rpm HD

deathcloud is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by wytwolf View Post
Most HDTV's don't use DVI anymore, that's why everyone is suggesting DVI to HDMI. But no there should be no difference, both are a digital signal.
What I think he is asking is if he uses the DVI to HDMI will that produce 720p on the TV? And if he uses the DVI will that produce a lesser of a picture?

I was wondering the same thing as i use my 13" macbook pro on the TV and I went with mini dvi to dvi, then dvi to HDMI as I thought what the **** go big or go home. So hopefully my HDMI looks better than people going the route of DVI? I dunno...

Anyways to the OP, for sound I went with using a headphone jack to right/left rca male plugs and plugged it right into the back of my television.

As to people saying use optical.... Where is the optical on my macbook pro 13"? Is it hiding? Am I missing something?
QUOTE Thanks
wytwolf

 
wytwolf's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 09, 2006
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 358
wytwolf will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: 2.2Ghz i7 Late 2011 MBP: 16GB Ram 500GB Seagate XT HD

wytwolf is offline
There will be no difference in DVI and HDMI from a macbook (unless there is a strange limitation by the TV). Remember it's coming from the same mini dvi port. DVI and HDMI on TV's are HD inputs which should be able to display 720 or 1080 (depending on your TV). What effects the picture quality is the video your displaying on the TV from the macbook. You will not get a HD quality picture without playing a HD video on your macbook. It would be just a SD video played at 720p, similar to digital zoom on a camera.


The optical output for audio is the headphone jack. If you plug in an optical cable into the headphone jack a red light will come out the other end.


Quote:
Originally Posted by deathcloud View Post
What I think he is asking is if he uses the DVI to HDMI will that produce 720p on the TV? And if he uses the DVI will that produce a lesser of a picture?

I was wondering the same thing as i use my 13" macbook pro on the TV and I went with mini dvi to dvi, then dvi to HDMI as I thought what the **** go big or go home. So hopefully my HDMI looks better than people going the route of DVI? I dunno...

Anyways to the OP, for sound I went with using a headphone jack to right/left rca male plugs and plugged it right into the back of my television.

As to people saying use optical.... Where is the optical on my macbook pro 13"? Is it hiding? Am I missing something?
QUOTE Thanks
deathcloud

 
deathcloud's Avatar
 
Member Since: Aug 25, 2009
Location: Jacksonville FL
Posts: 232
deathcloud is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: 13'' Macbook Pro 2.26 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1067 Mhz DDR3 500 GB 7200rpm HD

deathcloud is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by wytwolf View Post
There will be no difference in DVI and HDMI from a macbook (unless there is a strange limitation by the TV). Remember it's coming from the same mini dvi port. DVI and HDMI on TV's are HD inputs which should be able to display 720 or 1080 (depending on your TV). What effects the picture quality is the video your displaying on the TV from the macbook. You will not get a HD quality picture without playing a HD video on your macbook. It would be just a SD video played at 720p, similar to digital zoom on a camera.
Actually if I was playing a SD video it would only be 480p because that is what SD is. Once you go to 720p that is actually HD and is what is usually on HD channels. So I guess I am only getting SD 480p but movies still look good. Not terrible. But you can tell its not 720p. I wish that we had blu ray drives in our laptops like sony VIAOs do because then we could play blu ray 1080p on our TVs....

Quote:
Originally Posted by wytwolf View Post
The optical output for audio is the headphone jack. If you plug in an optical cable into the headphone jack a red light will come out the other end.
Wow that is cool. I had no idea you could do that. Doesn't even look like you could fit an optical cable into that jack. good to know.
QUOTE Thanks
wytwolf

 
wytwolf's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 09, 2006
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 358
wytwolf will become famous soon enough
Mac Specs: 2.2Ghz i7 Late 2011 MBP: 16GB Ram 500GB Seagate XT HD

wytwolf is offline
I used the one from my mini disc player. It has a standard optical toslink on one end and a headphone jack on the other. The headphone jack has a fiber optic cable running down the inside so it carries the light down the cable.

As far as video quality is concerned I was stating that the video quality will effect the tv picture and not the cable/input. I know a lot of people grab tv shows (or video's) from torrents it they miss one. Well unless you grab the HD version (usually x.264) you will not get the true HD picture. I usually grab the lower quality (one I'm watching right now is only 624x352). My macbook will display this lower resolution at 720p because that's what the resolution is. But just because the TV resolution is HD doesn't mean the picture will be HD quality. That's what I was trying to say.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« ModBook worth it? | Can I swap HDDs of two different macbooks? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Connect Intel Macbook to HDTV? Capt Crunch Music, Audio, and Podcasting 0 10-13-2007 04:55 PM
macbook vs. macbook pro for editing amyyy Movies and Video 1 09-05-2007 11:31 PM
Macbook vs. Macbook Pro carsncars Apple Notebooks 7 08-09-2007 04:01 PM
MacBook Review from a New Owner. My 2 Cents. itsdaydrmer Schweb's Lounge 5 12-08-2006 05:54 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:07 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?