TV version 1 had analog out and some of us hopes it makes a comeback in TV3. Why? It seems that those with receivers that include a zone 2 option (play main audio on zone 1 and a separate stream of audio on zone 2) generally require feeding that zone 2 functionality with an analog stereo signal.
As I understand it, the TV2 is a stripped down iPad board, which means the capability is on there for analog out (just as iPad has analog audio out). If it's on the board, it would be nice to resuscitate the feature for TV3.
Of course, the zone 2 issue is a bit nichey so maybe it isn't important enough to make the featureset of the new version. Often, the zone 2-capable person doesn't even know he has a problem until he tries to make zone 2 work (so it's probably not a make or break feature). Still, it would be nice to see a tiny mini-jack out option added to the back just for this kind of purpose.
Thanks. So we are waiting for version 3 even though I am not sure to understand the issue of "zones". Do you refer to the video copyright zones?
I was going to suggest an Airport Express but that's a great route if one already owns an AppleTV (or other Apple device).
I've read other posts where people said they couldn't get the audio to work on ATV2 using a DAC with their AVR's in zone 2. Who knows why not. I haven't tried, so I don't know.
I have tried a DAC to feed a pair of headphones ( both atv2 & atv3). Movie Preview playback audio works perfectly. But, I pay for the same movie and get electronic garble. I think Apple thinks I am using a patch to record the movie's audio so a protective antipiracy loop kicks in.
Bill.the.Cat - you mentioned the Toslink to Stereo RCA DAC. This 'should' work, but has anyone seen a device that passes the digital signal through the converter and then has a separate analog audio out? I would like to maintain the digital signal from ATV2 to my receiver for movie playback, but would also like a separate analog to send to zone 2 for audio on my deck.
Most of these affordable DACs will not work with surround audio, only stereo, so that could be the issue. I just bought an ATV3 and one of the Monoprice DACs. Since Im only using zone 2 for stereo audio, it works like a charm.I've read other posts where people said they couldn't get the audio to work on ATV2 using a DAC with their AVR's in zone 2. Who knows why not. I haven't tried, so I don't know.
Understand. But wouldn't it be nice if I didn't have to pay another $25 to make a $100 device do what I need? There are so many applications where you need analog. In my case, it's like others here; I run a second zone to my patio. I rarely want to listen to anything different than zone 1, but I nevertheless need an analog signal for my receiver to route it to zone 2.
This capability really belongs in the AV receivers, but only expensive ones do it.
Is audio out of optical output digital? I noticed that the volume on my iPad affects the volume on ATV. If it's digital signal, it shouldn't affect, right?