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MiniDisplay Port to HDMI Adapter: Audio Support

Created on: May 4, 2013
Last updated: August 25, 2015

Please refer to this Apple support article regarding audio throughput via the mini DisplayPort:


These Apple computers supply both multi-channel audio and video signals both over Mini DisplayPort:

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012 and later) 1
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)1
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 and later)1
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010) 
  • MacBook (Mid 2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 and later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 and later)

1No additional adapter is necessary if you are connecting directly to the HDMI port on these specific models.


These Apple computers supply only video signals over Mini DisplayPort:

  • iMac (Early 2009) and (Mid 2009)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009) and (Late 2009)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009)
  • MacBook (Late 2009)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum Late 2008)
  • MacBook Pro (late 2008), (Mid 2009), and (Early 2009)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008) and (Mid 2009)


The NewerTech Mini Displayport to HDMI adapter does carry video and sound when connected to a Mac that supports that feature. If your computer is successfully transmitting video to an HDMI-equipped HDTV, but the sound is still coming through your computer rather than the TV, please take the following steps:

1. Choose Apple > System Preferences

2. Click on the "Sound" category.

3. Click on the "Output" tab.

4. Select the HDMI output option.

This will tell the computer to send the audio through the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter.