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Need help deciding which cables to use to connect my Macbook/PC and monitor.

#1Star_NutsPosted 9/3/2013 11:46:26 AM
-I ordered an ASUS PB278Q monitor that uses HDMI, DisplayPort, and Dual-link DVI
-My PC has all of these connections available
-My Macbook Pro only has a mini-displayport/thunderbolt slot

I'm trying to figure out the best solution to get the full resolution and audio out of both of them

I would like my Macbook Pro to have as few cables as possible connected to it so I figured I would use a mini-displayport to HDMI adapter to connect to the monitors HDMI port so I can get video and audio with one cable. I don't care much about the audio on my Macbook Pro because I rarely ever play anything with sound from it.

I assume the monitors speakers will sound terrible so I will have to purchase some speakers and connect them with an audio jack. I will then use the displayport cable to display the image.

Does this sound like a reasonable setup or should I be utilizing the Dual-link DVI or something?
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#2reincarnator07Posted 9/3/2013 12:37:18 PM
I'd use DVI for the PC and mini displayport --> displayport for the mbp, unless you really need audio through the display for your PC
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#3turbovirginPosted 9/3/2013 12:44:20 PM
I use a thunderbolt to HDMI adapter for my mbp and the audio through HDMI can be a ***** to get working sometimes
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#4Star_Nuts(Topic Creator)Posted 9/3/2013 1:22:09 PM
reincarnator07 posted...
I'd use DVI for the PC and mini displayport --> displayport for the mbp, unless you really need audio through the display for your PC


What's wrong with the HDMI for the Macbook Pro? Will it degrade the picture quality?
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#5reincarnator07Posted 9/4/2013 10:57:02 AM
I think an active converter is needed to go from display port to HDMI. I figured mDP --> DP would be cheaper. In terms of image quality, they are all equal.

Rereading your OP, I see you want audio from the PC too. In that case, go with HDMI for the PC and mDP --> for your MacBook.
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