I have a late 2011 15" MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt/mini DisplayPort. What cable do I need which will transmit both audio AND video?

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    It is important to note that depending on which TV you use, there might be problems with the HDMI-CEC feature. Basically if the TV realises a new HDMI+Audio connection it sends a query whether it is allowed to control the connected Computer (which, of course, isn´t the case) and some TVs then shutdown the CEC feature completely. In case of e.g. the Sony NX series the Soundbar (if used) then becomes useless.
    – Asmus
    Commented Mar 23, 2012 at 12:08

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Dr. Bott have HDMI adapters that can transmit audio as well as video, assuming your MacBook supports it (yours does): http://www.drbott.net/product/5499-MDHD/

Then, get a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter by Apple which transmits both video and audio. Note that Thunderbolt is backwards compatible with Mini DisplayPort as far as these cables/adapters are concerned.

  • That first one has hdmi at both ends - I dont have a port like that on my mac.
    – codecowboy
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 14:23
  • @codecowboy I updated the post to clarify. You need a Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter plus an HDMI to HDMI cable. I have this exact setup at home and it works flawlessly. Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 14:24
  • Aha - I already have HDMI cables so will just need the adapter.
    – codecowboy
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 14:31

Monoprice has this adapter. They say it's Thunderbolt compatible, and for $7, I'd give it a try!

  • I recently purchased their MDP/Thunderbolt to DP/DVI/HMDI adapter and that did support audio over HDMI for my 2011 MacBook Air. Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 19:56

As @Asmus mentioned, you have to have a CEC channel or else it messes up your home theater setup. I am experiencing the same problem where I have a Samsung TV, an Onkyo 7.1 Surround Sound system, a 3D Blu-Ray player and then I have XBMC installed on my iMac as an HTPC. However, if I have my iMac plugged in using a Griffin Thunderbolt to HDMI, It causes my whole CEC system to fail.

The only solution I have found (and it isn't cheap) is a USB-CEC adapter. It's pricey at $47 without shipping, but it completely solved my problem - as well as made it so I can use my TV remote to control my XBMC on iMac.


In another, more cheap way to fix the HDMI-CEC to interrupt is to remove pin 13 from the HDMI connector.

I did this on a cheap mini-Displayport adapter for my macbook as i didnt want to spend much cash getting a HDMI-CEC-USB kit. I already had raspberry connected with XBMC on it so I didnt need the TV to control anything on my mac. Just wanted to keep mac not making trouble with the other units.

Fixing this makes the CEC dont send any data on the pin 13 that is making this trouble from keeping the TV not to turn off CEC when dont getting any answer.

Pinout scheme:

Another thread describing the same problem:


  • This saved HDMI-CEC on my TV and saved me from having to spend $10-$30 on an adapter that blocks pin 13. Thanks!
    – Bri Bri
    Commented Apr 9, 2022 at 19:34

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