AirPort Express Base Station OR AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mattjohnson, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. mattjohnson macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2012

    I am looking for a way to stream centrally stored music wirelessly, to a number of different rooms.
    The current ATV and the AirPort Express Base Station both have an optical out so question is:

    "why would you choose the AirPort Express Base Station instead of ATV?"

    when they are the same in price, but the ATV has it's 'TV' functionality.....

    I have ATVs (1st and 2nd Gen) so am familiar with their workings, just not the I APEBS..

  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Because the Airport Express also acts as a router and/or wifi-extender and theoretically has a stronger wifi connection. Also, for those who need it, the Airport express also does Analog audio which the AppleTV 2 and 3 do not have (original one obviously does).

    In the end, if you want optical audio (or HDMI) streaming and only want to do streaming (and not extend your network or any of the other network goodies), then go with an AppleTV.
  3. mattjohnson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2012
    thank for the quick reply :)

    So, ??

    AppleTV for HDMI connection, 'TV' features and optical audio out

    Airport Express for wifi extending PLUS the mini jack out (analog audi) or optical out.

  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    airport express also allows a printer to be connected.

    and if you don't have a television set at the location, an aTV can be a bit picky, an express is much easier to manage.

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