How to get sound play through HDMI on Mac

Mac’s a great choice for people who prefer comfort, simplicity, and functionality. It gives you an opportunity to make living, relax, listen to music, watch movies, and communicate with friends and relatives. Each device can be connected by the HDMI to something and Mac isn’t an exception. HDMI is used to transfer uncompressed video or digital audio data from the device to a common system.

However, the HDMI id is often used, and some users still have a tendency to face issues with the sound-producing. Even though there may be many reasons for this problem, there are still some ways that exist to help you to solve them. However, before that, you should know how to connect the HDMI to your Mac.

How to produce sound from HDMI on Mac

Even though Mac is widely used among users of different ages and Apple are trying hard to do everything for the comfort of their users, sometimes, you may face issues with the sound that’s transferred through the HDMI. However, the monitor displays a high-quality, bright picture, your viewing experience may be spoilt because of the troubles with the sound that isn’t being produced. Don’t think that only Mac users face this issue, other brands of laptops also meet it.

Before you start the attempt to fix this problem, you should be aware of the fact that if your Mac model has been released earlier than the mid-2010, the way to way to transfer sound using the Mini Display Port won’t work with it. However, if you’re an owner of a newer Mac, your device may be connected to others like TV, displays, or other HDMI devices with the help of the adapter or cable.

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How to connect your Mac to the TV using the HDMI

Surely, Mac is a great device with a wide range of features. If you’re alone, it may be comfortable for you to watch movies on a small screen, however, in case there are several people except for you, it would be better to have a bigger screen to let everyone have an opportunity to watch conveniently. To do this, your Mac can be connected to your TV with that HDMI.

So, if you want to do that, you should follow the prompts which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should power on the Mac.
  • After that, you should take the HDMI adapter and put it in the video output port.
  • Then, you should connect the HDMI cable to the adapter. However, if there’s an HDMI port, you can put the cable right there.
  • To complete the process, you should make sure that the TV’s video input source has been put over to HDMI.

Since then you’ll be able to watch the content from your Mac on a bigger screen. However, you can learn more about the Displayport to HDMI.

What adapters are used to connect your Mac to the TV

There are some specifications and nuances about finding a compatible adapter for your Mac. Below you’ll find brief information about it:

  • If your Mac has an HDMI port, it can be connected directly to HDMI using a cable.
  • If there is a USB-C port on your Mac, you can connect your Mac to the HDMI using the adapter.
  • If there’s a Mini DisplayPort, you can connect your Mac to HDMI using the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter or cable.

What specifications of the adapter are there

Before using an adapter you should get aware of all its specifications and resolutions to know exactly whether this or that adapter is suitable for you.

So the basic specifications are:

  • Up to 4K at 60Hz on adjustable Mac models.
  • Up to 4K at 30Hz on versatile Macs.
  • 8-channel/24-bit audio at 192kHz, Dolby Surround 5.1, and traditional stereo.
  • HDCP-encrypted playback from iTunes and QuickTime Player (version 10).
  • HDR on consistent Mac models.

These are basic specifications, but you still need to know more to be able to find a good one.

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How to solve the issue with no sound from HDMI on Mac

Sometimes while trying to transfer the picture from a smaller screen of your device to a bigger one, there may occur some issues with producing sound, however, not only Mac users suffer from no sound, but also Windows ones. Fortunately, we know how to help.

So, there are several ways which can help you to solve this problem.

Choose your TV as a sound output

As was mentioned before, problems with producing sound while transferring the content from one device to another with HDMI is a common problem, even PC users may face it.

So, to solve it you can try to choose your TV as sound output. To do that, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should tap and hold the Option key on your keyboard and click on the “Speaker” icon which can be found in the Mac menu bar.
  • After that, there would be a list of HDMI connections displayed.
  • To complete the process, you should select your HDMI-connected TV from the list.

Since then, your TV would be shown as sound output.

Adjust your System Preferences

In case the first method didn’t work, don’t worry, there’s still a way to solve the issue. You can try to adjust your System Preferences. To do that, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should make sure that your Mac is powered on.
  • After that, you should click on the Apple icon which is located in the upper left corner of your screen, and choose the System Preferences in the drop-down list.
  • Then, you should click on the sound icon.
  • There would be 3 options available and you should choose the “Sound Effects” option within them.

Next, you should go to the “Play sound effects through” section, click on the drop-down and select your TV.

  • After that, you should select the “Output” option.
  • Then, you should launch Finder or launchpad and go to the “Applications” tab and after head to the “Utilities” tab. You should open the Audio MIDI Setup.
  • Next, you’ll see the HDMI displayed, you should choose there your TV in the “Source” section.

Since then, the issue should be solved, If not, you can try to log out and then log in again to your account on MacBook.


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