Detailed look at AirPort Express w/ AirTunes

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  1. drew2778 macrumors newbie

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  2. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    What's still unclear to me is whether using an optical cable on the AirPort Express requires a converter. Or is it a single jack that can handle both somehow?
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I'm sure this has been covered more than once. It's a combination port, just like MiniDisc players have had for years. The internal sides are metal and contact with the 2 rings on a normal analogue port. At the bottom is an optical section for the optical port.
     
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    i have read through about 500 posts and somehow no one thought about this "problem"...

    if i have multiple macs with music libraries, how does the base station know, which library to play? first-come-first-serve basis?

    can i buy this optical cable somewhere else? i mean, does it have to be Apple-branded?

    (one other thing i asked myself :) i could connect this thing to a switch for my home computer network... and in theory the answer is yes, if Apple did not disable this option)
     
  5. Finiksa macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not quite sure what you're asking here. The AP Express will play the music from the computer that you connect to it, in the iTunes speaker selection drop menu, I doubt you can connect multiple Macs to the one AirTunes device at once. However using iTunes sharing you can play music from all your Macs through a single computer.

    There are two types of optical connectors Toslink (Square plug) and Miniplug (Round plug, same shape as an Analogue mini-jack - AP Express uses this) So you'll need Toslink-Miniplug cable if your stereo uses Toslink or Miniplug-Miniplug if it uses Miniplug. Depending on the length you need and connector type it'll cost somewhere between $10-$40.
     
  6. Mudbug Administrator emeritus

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    That link didn't work

    i got the internal pics from somewhere else...
     

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    and the externals:
     

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  8. mikeyredk macrumors 65816

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    will apple extenstion cords work with this? i hope one is included
     
  9. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    yes they will

    no, i believe it's extra
     
  10. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    The extention cord works, and is included in the extra/optional AirTunes cables packet, along with audio cables (analog and digital). The full name of the packet is "AirPort Express Stereo Connection Kit with Monster Cables".
     
  11. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

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    Mistake on site, 802.11g question

    There's one error I've found in the otherwise very helpful website mentioned above - they state you need OS X 10.3, while apple's website says at least 10.2.7. Also, the site says that you need an airport or airport extreme card, but I'd imagine it'd work with 3rd party 802.11g solutions, as Airport Extreme isn't available for my Pismo, and 3rd party 802.11g solutions work on a PC with AirTunes. (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

    I bet streaming with iTunes to AP Express really eats up the processor time. Ripping mp3's is processor-intensive, and streaming requires decoding from mp3's and then re-encoding to Apple Lossless.


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  12. virividox macrumors 601

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    i dont believe streaming will take up much processor power; its just a simple data transfer
     

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