AirPlay Mirroring without Television

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by greatconcavity, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. greatconcavity macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2013
    Hi everyone,

    i'm pondering a rather obscure question: I want to Airplay Mirror the content of my MBA to the Apple TV, but without a television attached to the Apple TV, effectively just "mirroring" the audio (via optical output).
    So my setup would be like this:
    MBA -> Apple TV -> optical cable only (no HDMI) -> DAC/stereo.

    Is this possible? This way I could not only stream music from iTunes to my stereo, but also music that is played on Youtube/Vimeo etc.

  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    you can choose airplay devices as sound output in system prefrences.

    there is also a program called airfoil that will let you pick one program to send audio from, it leaves everything else on your mac's speakers.

    the only downside to this is a 2 second delay when doing this, so trying to watch videos doesn't work well.
    these both work with all airplay speakers including the airport express and appleTV.

    you can use an aTV without a television, but you need one for setup.
  3. greatconcavity thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2013
    Thank you for your quick reply!
    This looks good, and thanks for pointing out that I'll need a television for ATV setup, as I won't always have a television around.
  4. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    I use Airfoil to stream audio to my AppleTV with the TV turned of all the time. Works great.

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