2 simultaneous outputs

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by xtrips, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. xtrips macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2008
    Can someone tell me if it is possible, on any Apple TV, to have both HDMI and the optical audio output working simultaneously?
    Here is the scenario.
    I would like to connect the Apple TV to 2 different systems.
    One via HDMI will have the full functionality of the Apple TV, with video and audio up to Atmos.
    The other system will have the Apple TV connected to a DAC only using the optical out.
    This system will use the Apple TV to stream music from an app using AirPlay.
    Is this a viable option on Apple TV?
  2. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    neither the aTV 4 or aTV 4k have an optical output.
    the aTV 3 has optical out, but doesn't support atmos.

    you would have to put another box inline with the HDMI path.
    something like this should work...
    I haven't fully looked into it,
    do your research and make sure it will work
    there might be something similar that works better
  3. xtrips thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2008
    The hdmi output is less important. Do you think an atv 3 can output my stream through the optical out while still using hdmi for video + audio?
  4. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    I am pretty sure it outputs audio (which is only up to DD5.1) simultaneously from HDMI and optical out, if you set your audio settings correctly (Dolby Digital 5.1 output).

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