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    May 02, 2007
    Connecting to Cinema Display
    Hi all

    I have Googled for advice but there are many different opinions on this (one even told a guy to order the wrong cables) so I thought I'd post on her to see what information I can pick up.

    I have a Macbook Mid 2007 running OS X Lion 10.7.5 with a 256GB SSD and 4GB RAM installed (3. something usable)

    I am looking at an Apple Cinema Display 23 inch (M9178LLA) on eBay. It's pick up only and close to me, which is in the middle of nowhere so I'm hoping to get it cheap :-)

    Specification for the display is here: Apple Cinema Display (20-, 23-, and 30-inch DVI) - Technical Specifications

    1. Is it possible to connect an Apple TV to this display? If yes could someone link what cable I need please? Mini DVI to DVI/HDMI adapter or any other?

    2. if this is possible how would I get the audio set up? I have a Bluetooth Sony speaker which I link up to my Macbook when playing iTunes so could I use this?

    3. Would I be able to set up ATV with Audio on the Cinema Display WITHOUT needing to use my Macbook?

    Hope someone can help

    Kind regards

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    Oct 01, 2007
    Mac Mini i5 (2014 High Sierra), iPhone X, Apple Watch, iPad Pro 12.9, AppleTV (4)
    On the face of it the answer is no, you can't use an Apple TV connected to that cinema display.

    The Apple TV can out to 1280 x 720 (720p - versions 2 & 3 ) and 1920 x 1080 (1080p - version 3).

    Neither resolution matches the supported resolutions on the cinema display.

    That's going by the specs. Even if you could get a signal to display the audio poses another issue. You have optical out or you'd need to take the HDMI into a splitter to give you separate video and audio.

    Something like this, then use an HDMI to DVI cable to connect and a 3.5mm audio jack to the aux in on your speaker (if it has one).

    But what you have there is a fairly pricey wiring nest..... assuming the video works at all.

    Bottom line, the AppleTV is aimed squarely at the TV/Home AV market and has outputs suitable for that. Connecting your Mac to the cinema display and speakers would be the path of least resistance

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  3. #3

    Member Since
    May 02, 2007
    Thanks for that mrplow. I think I'll still buy the display as it's such a low price, then have a 'mess around'. I can always resell the display.

    Many thanks again for the great advice.


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    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.8.5
    Quote Originally Posted by Raff View Post
    I think I'll still buy the display as it's such a low price, then have a 'mess around'. I can always resell the display.
    That's the spirit! Give it a shot...if a no go...sell it!

    If you don't already have could also use the Apple Cinema Display as an external monitor with your MacBook Pro.

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