Airport Express music streaming performance question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Quu, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    I apologize if this in the wrong section but I couldn't decide where to put this thread.

    I've been using an 802.11g Airport Express since 2004 and surprisingly it still works but it can be a bit slow when first syncing up with my iTunes library to begin streaming music. In-fact there is a brief pause of about 5-10 seconds before it begins playing music and a dialogue box opens with a connection load bar.

    So my question is: Are the latest Airport Expresses instant at beginning to play music from iTunes?

    I'm thinking it may be worth my while to upgrade.
  2. wzz macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2013
    to me that's quite long.

    i own one, use one, and dont appear to have your problem.

    i'd suggest before u buy a new one, bring ur existing express to a friend's place with a better wifi network and see if u still suffer that same issue.
    [and try to narrow down if it's ur wifi network that is causing this issue]
  3. Quu thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Thanks for the reply but I know it isn't my WiFi network as even over ethernet directly to the Airport Express it does this. Just keep in mind I got this thing in 2004. It is literally 9 years old. It is 802.11g not even n.

    I'm thinking it is just very very outdated compared to the latest ones so I'm just curious if anyone who has a latest one can weigh in on its performance.
  4. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    I have the 1st Gen 802.11n Express. I just tested it out and there is no noticeable delay at the speakers once the music starts in iTunes.
  5. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    i have an express (old style, N version), a Denon receiver with airplay, an IW2 from ihome, and a B&W a7.

    i airplay to all of them, and will get the same pop up bar you do.

    it takes a while to get the connection started, and then it has to buffer some.
    you might see a second or 2 dropped off the connection time, but probably not.

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