Using ATV2 with AV receiver On zone2

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jata1, May 2, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2010
    Hi all,

    I have an atv2 and use it all the time. I am planning to buy a mid range av receiver e.g. Yamaha rx v671 that you can setup as a 5.1 + 2 on zone2 . I wanted to use the zone2 outside using AirPlay via the atv but there are some issues that i hope you can help me with.

    1. Zone2 on mid range receivers can only use analogue inputs and not digital/hdmi.
    2. Atv2 only has digital outputs
    3. A few mid range receivers have party mode that will allow zone1 play on both zones at once but this means you can't play music outside while others watch a film in the living room

    Anyway, I think I have a solution that it would be good to test out. I want to buy a digital to RCA adapter so I can connect the optical out from the atv to an analogue input on the reciever. So if I want AirPlay from my atv on zone2 I run it from the analogue input. The other advantage of this is that I can have both zones playing from the atv at the same time as main zone using hdmi and zone2 using the analogue source from the optical atv output.

    Can anyone confirm if this will work?

    Many thanks
  2. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I have this exact set-up (with an ATV3). It works very well, with the exception that the HDMI feed runs a little slower than the optional audio feed, due to the video processing happening on the HDMI feed. This puts the two zones fractionally out of sync, which is only noticeable when standing at the door when it's open.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2010
    Thanks. That's great to know that it will work. Can't you solve the sync issue somehow. I thought most receivers had a way to solve this using audio offset/delay or something.

    Thanks again for your response. What av receiver do you have?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2009
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    Why not just pick up a used airport express for zone 2, that's what I have for mine.
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2011
    Have the same issue and same desire to have music outside and movie indoors. My final solution for those rare occasions is to use my iTouch as the audio input to zone 2. No need for a converter. ITouch of course streams from the iTunes library, only problem is you can't remote control the iTouch from outside. But upside is still have optical input from ATV for the movie audio.

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