Apple TV optical audio question

Discussion in 'Apple TV' started by Adel, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Adel

    Adel Moderator
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    Apr 8, 2004
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    I've recently taken to using the optical audio out on my Apple TV, and connected it via Toslink directly to a standalone powered speaker.

    I get great audio output from it, but when I go back to my iMac, the iMac is suddenly dead silent. It doesn't have any audio to speak of because the sound output of the iMac has changed. No matter what I do, I get no sound—whether I play a song on iTunes, play a video on VLC, anything. Heck, even the system notification sounds are gone.

    After puzzling it out for a while, I found out that I have to go to System Prefs and reset the audio output of the iMac back to the built-in speakers before I can hear anything again.

    Why does it do this? I don't touch the audio out settings of my iMac. I just connected my Apple TV (which is connected to my iMac via wifi) to my speaker via a Toslink connection. Yet it does this every time.

    I don't really mind resetting the sound prefs every time. Nope... I do. It's damned irritating.

    Is it a quirk on my system? A bug? Or does it really do this?

    Any help would be appreciated.

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