Can't connect Apple TV 3rd gen to home stereo (need 1st gen?)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by spicynujac, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    So I had Airplay / Airtunes set up using an Airport Express but my home PC was stolen, and a PC running iTunes is required so I can no longer play audio through my home stereo system. (The Airport Express has a mini 3.5" out which a cheap $3 cable will convert to RCA). I purchased a new AppleTV(3rd generation) and it only has HDMI out for video and Optical/Toslink out for audio so I can't connect it to my stereo/receiver RCA inputs (Thanks Apple! You know not everyone has a brand new TV and stereo!)

    Apparently the AppleTV version 1 had RCA out. Will this let me use Airplay/Airtunes where I can output wirelessly audio from my iPad / iPod Touch to the AppleTV and hear it on my home stereo? I think Apple is forgetting some people won't even hook AppleTV up to their TV!

    I went in to my local electronics shop and they said the only way to get my current AppleTV to work is with a converter box that cost $68, even on Monoprice.com it is going to be around $20 and then you have to plug this separate digital to analog device into a power outlet and buy 2 cables one for each end--sounds like too much trouble. I'd rather just plug in a set of RCA cables to apple 1st gen and be done with it. If this will work I'm returning the Apple TV 3rd gen and I guess looking for a used 1st.
     
  2. macrumors 68020

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    if you can send audio to an aTV (of any version), you can send audio to an airport express.


    it's called the appleTV, it's supposed to be hooked to a TV, if you only want audio, get an airport express.
     
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    MrWillie

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  4. macrumors 68020

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    or you can get the one from monoprice that the OP mentioned for $20 that he said sounded like too much trouble.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    I bought a newer receiver on craigslist that has optical input, but that was just my solution. BTW, I had an Airport Express as a work around, but honestly, why have two device to do the same job? I listen to more music than watch TV (weird hey?). I don't want my TV on all the time when I'm listening to music.
     

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