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lewis.hart
Dec 21, 2011, 01:30 PM
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Hi guys, I could really do with a hand in deciding what is best for my setup. It goes like this: I have a Bose set of speakers that I want to connect to my TV but also be able to wirelessly play music to them from my apple gear. If I choose the airport express I could obviously AirPlay from my MBP/iPhone/iPad and in an ideal world AirPlay to my speakers from my smart TV (we can dream!), or hook up an ape TV2 and play via TV to the speakers. Unfortunately they are the Bose companion 5 set from my old PC which means I only have USB (useless it appears) or the auxiliary 3.5mm jack on the control pod.

So hopefully you can see my dilemma, what do people think would be the best setup for me?

Thanks in advance,

Lewis

P.s if a situation where I could AirPlay to an airport express from my TV and I haven't yet seen it, I'd be grateful for a steer in the right direction! :D



Caliber26
Dec 21, 2011, 06:09 PM
I think you'll have to get some type of converter that'll allow you to go from 3.5mm to toslink/optical. Just plug into the optical output port of the AppleTV and you will be able to stream music from your iTunes and iOS devices to your speakers even if your TV is off.

Maybe something like this (http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-THINTOSMIN6-Toslink-Digital-Optical/dp/accessories/B00016W6Y6) will help:


Good luck to ya! :)

zhenya
Dec 23, 2011, 06:30 AM
For audio only, I much prefer the Airport express, as my experience with the ATV is that it often slow to respond to AirPlay requests, sometimes needs rebooting, and must be hooked up to a screen for management. I also don't see a way to hook up the ATV to your existing speakers.

Edit: the cable above won't help. ATV only outputs via hdmi and toslink. There is no way to connect that directly to your speakers, short of perhaps some obscure hdmi converter or putting a DAC or amp in the chain.

rula18
Mar 16, 2012, 01:39 AM
I am currently using this device. I know its not 3.5mm but you can find an RCA to 3.5MM easy... There is no obvious loss in quality unless you are an audiophile and if you are you wont be using Airplay.. because the loss in quality is horrific!!

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Digital-Optical-Coaxial-Toslink-Analog-RCA-Audio-Converter-/230675342750?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item35b552659e

zhenya
Mar 16, 2012, 02:28 AM
I am currently using this device. I know its not 3.5mm but you can find an RCA to 3.5MM easy... There is no obvious loss in quality unless you are an audiophile and if you are you wont be using Airplay.. because the loss in quality is horrific!!

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Digital-Optical-Coaxial-Toslink-Analog-RCA-Audio-Converter-/230675342750?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item35b552659e

That's just a cheap DAC.

Airplay is fully capable of carrying lossless 44.1 audio, and is audiophile approved.