No 5.1 Dolby Audio When Connecting Apple TV to Surround Sound System? Solved!

John Salley

Aug 19, 2014 03:47 am / Posted by John Salley

We recently purchased an Apple TV to stream movies from the laptop to the television in the lounge. Of course we were hoping for surround sound but only ever seemed able to get 2 channel audio. Very frustrating to say the least! So, we jumped on Google (as you do) and did some research, which wasn’t very hopeful as this seems a problem with many users.

We have a nice flash new 3D Panasonic TV, hooked into a Denon Surround Sound System. Input from the apple TV goes into the amp via an HDMI cable, same for the blue ray etc. There’s an HDMI output cable from the amp which sends the picture to the TV. This setup worked perfectly for the blue ray player, surround sound and 3D movies. For the apple TV. Well, don’t get me started! We started by using airplay to send the laptop screen (Macbook Pro) to the television. Worked a treat for the pictures, but audio was only ever 2 channel. All the settings to change this to anything other than 2 channel greyed out. (again, a common occurrence on the forums).

The almighty Google says “5.1 audio will only play from iTunes not airplay”. So, we diligently copy the mp4 movies into iTunes and play it on the apple TV that way. Brilliant image, lovely 2 channel audio.

Back to Google searching and reading through forums with many people having the exact same complaints. Suggestions ranging from give up to using fibre optic audio cables being the solution, which btw made no difference. Then I came across a post that said that the apple TV is very VERY fussy on the audio format that it’ll convert to 5.1 and if anything in that formatting’s not to its liking you’re going to have 2 channel audio.

I wonder, so I fired up Pavtube, and selected the mp4 movie (6 channel audio) to be converted to Apple TV2/3 720p Dolby Digital Pass-through(*.m4v). Wait a very short period of time as your conversion program is quite zippy. Toss the m4v file into my iTunes videos and open it up on the Apple TV… OH YEAH!!! Works perfectly in surround sound. Not only that, but if you convert SBS (3D Side By Side video’s), they work and play in 3D perfectly with surround sound.

We’re now very happy with our Apple TV playing downloaded movies (of course we bought them in 5.1 surround after we run them through Pavtube.

It seems to be quite a common problem that there is no 5.1 surround sound when connecting Apple TV to the surround sound system. Well, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac can help you get 5.1 surround sound from Apple TV by converting your movies and videos with 6 channel audio to Apple TV supported video format M4V while still remain the 5.1 surround sound.

No 5.1 audio from Apple TV

To get tips for playing 5.1 surround sound via Apple TV with Pavtube iMedia Converter, please click here to learn more.

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