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Can HDMI + digital audio both connected?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:23 pm    Post subject: Can HDMI + digital audio both connected? Reply with quote

I had a question to ask. Does anyone know if you can have HDMI and digital audio connected to separate devices without the superseding one another? Here's what I would like to do with one. Have HDMI connected to my TV and powered speakers connected to the digital audio out port. That way I can use my speakers separately from the TV when it's powered down with AirPlay. Which I assume you do, right?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although I have not used it myself, that should be possible using a "compound output" created with the "Audio MIDI Setup" utility of Mac OS X.
BTW, you also need a recent enough Mac Mini to have HDMI with Audio (2011 AFAIK).
But I don't know what will happen when the audio stream on HDMI is incompatible with the optical out (like Dolby TrueHD); hopefully, Mac OS X will perform a proper down conversion.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply, but I think you might be confused with my question. I'm interested in doing this with an Apple TV. Not a Mac mini.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although this is an older post I thought I'd chime in. The short answer is yes you can have both. I just installed an Apple TV into my HT system. I'm running an HDMI from the Apple TV into my Panasonic Plasma monitor and digital audio into my OPPO DVD player. From the OPPO I exit through the 6.1 analog output to my Anthem AVM30. This gives me full audio to my Magnepan speaker system. I can also turn on the monitor speakers and listen through them also although that won't occur very often.
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