Connect Your Mac to Home Theater Components

Connect Your Mac to Home Theater Components

Stream Your Media

 

You can also stream music, movies, and photos from your Mac to your widescreen HDTV using a wireless connection and the Apple TV (3 out of 5 stars, Jun/07, p50). You’ll need a wireless home network, controlled by a base station like Apple’s $179 AirPort Extreme (4 out of 5 stars, May/07, p54). To connect the Apple TV to your widescreen TV, you need an HDMI, HDMI-to-DVI, or component-video cable - try XtremeMac’s XtremeHD HDMI-to-HDMI Cable ($19.95). Your Mac connects to the Apple TV wirelessly, allowing you to copy iTunes content onto the Apple TV’s hard drive or simply stream movies, TV shows, music, or your own videos over the air. Just don’t expect true high-definition video from the Apple TV: iTunes doesn’t yet sell HD video, with the exception of some free news podcasts.

 

Get more out of your HDTV and leather sofa.

 

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Stay in Total Control

Here’s a way to be the boss of your home-entertainment system. The Logitech Harmony 1000 Universal Remote ($499.99)—which you configure from a Mac—connects to set-top boxes, TVs, and other gadgets. To connect, install the included software on your Mac and wait until you’re prompted to connect the remote. Plug the USB cable into the remote control cradle, place the remote in the cradle, and plug the other end of the USB cable into your Mac. The installer walks you through all the required steps, including configuring the remote for satellite TV service, controlling a home AV receiver, and adjusting the sound on an HDTV.

 

The huge screen on this universal remote is bright and clear.

 

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