Buzz bought an Amazon Fire Stick and has an old Yamaha Receiver for it, but it doesn't have HDMI. He's managed to connect it, but he gets no audio. Leo says that most TVs have one HDMI/ARC. That's the Audio Return Channel. He wants to plug the FireStick there. But he also wants to also use the optical connection for sound. That's what Buzz did, but it doesn't work on the Firestick. Everything else is fine. The audio settings may need to be changed. Look at the TV setup. Try using the PCM Audio setting.
Frank has an iPad mini that he wants to connect to a computer monitor. Can he do that? Leo says that the iPad Mini only has a lightning connector. But you can get an HDMI to lightning adapter from Apple that will enable connecting to it. Look for an MFI certified adapter. It'll also have a lightning connector too so you can charge it as well. You can also Airplay to a TV which supports it. The iPad Pro, however, does support Type C, which connects to a monitor. Can he add a mouse? Leo says you can; it's in the accessibility settings. But it's really made to use touch.
Lance wants to listen to alternative audio on his TV while watching video. Leo says that if you're connected via HDMI, the TV will play both automatically. The only real option may be your AV receiver, but that's likely going to do the same thing. Component out might work.
Scott answers questions this week. One reader is having the issue that he can't see his 4K AppleTV on his one HDMI port, but will on his other port. Scott says that some of those HDMI inputs operate at the highest possible bandwidth of 18GB per second, while the others operate at 10.2 GB per second. 4K will not work at 10.2GB per second, so chances are, the reader is plugging it into the wrong port. You may also need to go into the settings an tell the TV to stream at the highest bandwidth. This is due to manufacturers wanting to be as compatible as possible with legacy equipment.
Lenaea is looking for a new PC to use with two 60Hz televisions. Leo doesn't recommend using a television as a computer monitor, as TVs aren't generally designed to be used with computers. It can be hard sometimes to read font or text on televisions if you're reading a news article or post. But with technology becoming more advanced within televisions, you can do it if you choose.
Twistedmister in the chat found an article about Chrome Subsampling that would help with the television.
Mike wants to know if he can use more than one monitor on his computer. Leo says that most modern-day computers do support multiple monitors and both Windows and macOS support it natively. But the computer has to have more than one display port or HDMI port to do it. Most do out of the box these days.
Doug got an HDMI switcher for his TV. Would it work with Atmos? Scott says it would, and at $4 from AliExpress, the price is right.
Scott Wilkinson recently did an article on how soundbars have the design flaw of using only a single HDMI port. But what if you have multiple HDMI devices you want to connect? Scott was reviewing an LG Atmos Soundbar, when he discovered the drawback. Looking around, he discovered the same problem with other soundbars as well. Leo says you can use Optical, and that makes sense. But Scott says the optical output is limited and doesn't support Dolby Atmos. The only thing that carries the Atmos bitstream is HDMI.
When purchasing cables for your devices, one of the main driving factors is the price point for them. Some people wonder if it's worth spending extra money on an HDMI cable or a Speaker cable?
Tim has a remote access account to his business server that he uses his Chromebook for. The one downside is the smaller screen. Leo says that Samsung favored portability with their LTE Chromebook, and as such, they tend to have smaller screens to extend the battery life. But how can he use a larger computer monitor with it? Leo says a $35 Chromecast would work. He could then cast wirelessly to it through an HDMI port. Windows RDP expects people to use a Windows machine. But there may be a Chrome extension. If not, write to the developers to enable it.