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Question, problem: How do I connect an Apple MacBook Pro to a Yamaha AV receiver HTR 5960 in order to watch TV over Internet ? Thank You !!!! John

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  • Johannes Vosseler Jan 03, 2011

    Hello, thank you very much. Unfortunately there is no Tooslink mini optical audio on the MacBook Pro. The only possible connector is the mini display port. Attached to it is a converter to female HDMI (outlet). That HDMI outlet I need to connect with the Yamaha HTR 5960

  • Johannes Vosseler Jan 03, 2011

    LOL, this is my first response, I thought I deleted it by accident, then found it - however here it is:

    Hello, thank you! The ports on the MacBook PRO are as follows: 1 Power port, Ethernet port, FireWire 800 port, Mini display port, (conversion 3" plug to female HDMI is attached ( after configuring it should be possible to feed video AND audio streams to a receiver or TV /according to Mac user guide) further 2 x USB 2.0 ports, audio out port for headphone. There is NO optical audio Tosslink mini connector on the PRO. The only option I can see is finding a solution connecting that female HDMI connector with the Yamaha HTR 5960

  • Johannes Vosseler Jan 03, 2011

    I don't know that yet. It will take me some time to arrange that. I doubt it will work. Ok, thanks for the time being.

  • Johannes Vosseler Jan 04, 2011

    OKAY, THANK YOU AGAIN. I think I got it now how to hook it up. I will go with the HDMI to 5 RCA cable/converter box. The ports are available on the Yamaha as well on the TV (Panasonic TH-42PX60U). Somehow it has to work. Takes some cash to invest. -:(

  • Johannes Vosseler Jan 04, 2011

    Thank you again !
    Regards John


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Hi, assuming you can pickup a good digital TV signal online, you can certainly connect your digital audio output to the receiver using a standard Toslink cable with a Toslink mini-plug adapter. Here is an example of the cable you would need:

This will connect to the optical input of your receiver. You can read a bit more here:

Are you intending to also export the video to a TV? For that, all you need is a VGA cable to hook to the VGA port on the Mac. I'm assuming your TV has a VGA input, or you would need a VGA to video adapter.

I hope this is what you were asking for. If not, please let me know and I'll try again.

Thanks for using FixYa!

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    Jeff Turcotte Jan 03, 2011

    OK, I guess there are different Mac Book Pros. So if you have HDMI, you could port that to the TV and then pipe the audio from the TV to the receiver, right? Not sure what kind of TV you have. If you're not using the TV, then get an HDMI to component video adapter cable. These have 5 RCA jacks--3 for video components and 2 for audio. Will that work for you?

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Jan 03, 2011

    You can also try a cable like the one here:

    It all depends on if you're going to use a TV and what connections are on the TV.

    The HDMI to video should work on and TV with RCA jacks, but it will not be HD unless you use HDMI to composite.

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Jan 04, 2011

    I think that will work just fine--have fun!

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    Jeff Turcotte Jan 04, 2011



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