How is Apple TV sound quality?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by kavika411, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    This may seem like a silly inquiry, but I'm very interested in learning from "regular people" about the sound quality of songs played through Apple TV, preferably people who have ripped at lossless and have hooked up Apple TV to their stereo. Does it sound like you are playing a CD? Is there much intereference? Can you tell that it's a wireless signal?

    Thank you for your thoughts.
  2. macrumors 6502

    I'm no audiophile, but I think it sounds excellent on my home theater system. I'm streaming off of my Mac Pro on a G network and it is hooked to a Panasonic 5.1 system with an optical audio cable.

    I noticed today that the sound was particularly rich with great depth.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

    I think mine sounds great, I've hooked it up via optical and standard and both seem to be of very high quality with rich sound.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Have you been able to get true 5.1 sound via toslink? I ask because :apple: tv's 5.1 capability (or not) has been kicked around in various threads but I have yet to see anyone say they're actually done a real-world test, e.g., playing an iTunes movie (known to have AAC surround sound) to see (errr.. hear) if it will actually play back in discrete 5.1 surround via :apple: tv's digital outs....
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Thank you for your responses to my post. I too am very interested to learn, as was brought up above, whether anyone has successfully moved 5.1 content into iTunes, through Apple TV and through his/her stereo. I want to say that a poster named Chicagdan was successful in moving 5.1 into iTunes and described it in a thread. Let's see whether the next step is possible.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Mine's got an audio quality problem, but other than that, the sound quality is fine.
  7. macrumors 68020


    I just read that thread... and thinking back to what's been mentioned about the lack of a volume control on the remote bring me to ask the question -- is there any kind of volume control (software, etc.) via the atv (or software interface to it, etc.) that the user has any sort of control over volume? Just curious... about how that aspect is handled on this little device. :)
  8. macrumors 68040


    No, there doesn't seem to be any audio control at all other than turning sound check (same as on iTunes and iPod) on or off. No volume control whatsoever.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Horrible sound quality on home audio

    I would love to get the Apple TV but I can not get decent sound quality on my home stereo when playing my iPod through it or when streaming my iTunes library to it. The sound is muffled, dull and doesn't compare to a CD. Has anyone else ever had this problem?
  10. macrumors 68020


    Audio compression has been called the Diabolus in Musica by listeners with discerning ears... :p

    But I find even what iTunes is selling to be "decent"... something like a little better than FM Radio "decent"... :confused:
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Yea, what compression are you using there?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Cult Follower

    the sound quality is very important so keep the feedback coming.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Not sure what compression I'm using, how do I find out?
  14. macrumors newbie

    Please review my posts:

    I hope that helps you.

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