Apple Airpot Express fix its optical out bug?

mattg3

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Im trying to buy an Apple Airport express to bring itunes to powered speakers in my living room. Ive heard that the newest version had a bug in optical out port and suffered audio dropouts. Does anyone know if this is true and was it fixed? I will buy the older version if it has a no sound dropout for its optical port but I will have to go to ebay for it.
 

mattg3

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Is your AE the latest version? I had read it was the software that caused this so perhaps a software update fixed it?
 

mattg3

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Yes, latest HW and SW.
So apple comes out with recent firmware 7.6.8 for airport express yet the optical out is still causing audio dropouts.What is going on with this company these days? A simple firmware fix but they keep avoiding it or just forgetting it.Maybe few use the optical out on the express so not enough complaints?
 

BeatCrazy

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So apple comes out with recent firmware 7.6.8 for airport express yet the optical out is still causing audio dropouts.What is going on with this company these days? A simple firmware fix but they keep avoiding it or just forgetting it.Maybe few use the optical out on the express so not enough complaints?
I have not heard any dropouts via optical. Maybe try a different cable?
 

mattg3

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Tried two cables from monoprice,a very reliable company. If you search you will find the issue. Its the firmware that causes the problem and going back to old firmware opens you up to security hack potential that the new firmware fixed.
 

mattg3

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Now Im even getting dropouts on analog cable after 7.6.8 firmware upgrade.
 

mattg3

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[doublepost=1487121829][/doublepost]no but before I used AE i had a 50 ft toslink to mini toslink cable. It worked fine but the cable was a pain so I wanted wireless. Actually the analog cable connection is fine now after I rebooted my router but Toslink is still full of dropouts. Not concerned since my analog connection to vanatoo powered speakers provides excellent sound.
 

mattg3

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Would like to try ethernet connection. Do i have to reset my Airport express or can I just plug in ethernet cable in and all will be okay?
 
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