Apple Tv, can it do what I want?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Letterdief, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Letterdief macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    I have a Macbook Pro and I listen to allot of music. But the cables from my studio monitors limit my movement with my laptop, so I can't sit at my desk for example. So I was thinking about making my audio wireless. Can I use Apple Tv for that? Playing music with iTunes and send it wireless to my studio monitors on the other end of my room? Does the same go for secondary screen? Can I use my TV screen as secondary screen wireless thanks to apple TV, or isn't that how it works?

    I hope someone can help me :)
     
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Yes on both. AppleTV only has HDMI and optical audio out so as long as your amp can accept one or the other....
     
  3. matrix07 macrumors 68040

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    Yep and yep. The second yep has a catch though. You need to run Maverick on your MacBook Pro to use TV connected with Apple TV as a second monitor.
     
  4. Letterdief thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I have maverick installed!

    So when I connect my TV with a HDMI cable to apple Tv, I can play movies with VLC-player on my macbook and show them wireless on my TV? And I can connect my studio-monitors to apple TV too for the same effect? Want to be 100% sure before I buy!
     
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    Letterdief thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That is very useful information. So the best thing I can do, is to investigate my Wi-Fi speed. So what exactly do I need to know about my WiFi speed?

    Thank you!
     
  7. Letterdief thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just as extra information: you guys forgot to mention that it's only working with digital audio connections and not with analog audio connections.
     
  8. cynics macrumors G3

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    If you are mirroring you want to make sure your local network can support the bandwidth requirements. A wireless N network that is functioning properly can.

    Take your Mac as far away from the router as you ever would normally and option click the wifi icon at the top. By your network it will say transmission rate, what is it?
     
  9. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    It's all in the network. I had to upgrade from a cheap Belkin N router because it was JUST too slow to Airplay HD video (I'd lose a few video frames every 15 seconds or so).

    Cheaper wireless-N routers are slower, which might not matter for some, but it's something to think about if you have a bunch of devices on your wifi.
     
  10. cynics macrumors G3

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    What did you upgrade too?

    Sounds like the OP will be limited to wireless N between the Mac and ATV.
     
  11. Letterdief thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's 54 if that's possible?
     
  12. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    I got a new Cisco dpc 3828 cable modem for free from my provider with built-in Wifi. Ironically, it isn't well-reviewed, but I'm only in a one-bedroom apartment, and it did the trick, so I'm not complaining.
     
  13. cynics macrumors G3

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    I would think so however lets wait until more informed people chime in.

    I'm using an iMac with AirPort Extreme and the appletv plugged into the extreme. My transmission rate is ~600. So the bottleneck is the Ethernet for the appletv, yours will be the network.

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    I had an all in one from Fios and it was awesome for me even though some reviews were pretty bad.
     
  14. Phantom Gremlin macrumors regular

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    One other thing about optical audio output (I don't know if this applies to HDMI) is that audio is up-sampled to 48 kHz before being output. I don't think my ears could notice that, but it might matter to audio purists. YMMV.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_tv#Technical_specifications
     
  15. Zemzil macrumors member

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    The digital audio output can transport HDMI sound if streamed too, if you own some surrund home-video material or just using your Hi-Fi with your TV you can use both for music/movie.

    And with Maverick miroring/extended desktop, I'm enjoying playing Airplay full screen OpenEmu on my HDTV :cool:

    I use a PS3 controller pluged into my MBP13" (no driver needed with OpenEmu) with no noticeable lag.

    And with tweaking graphical option, Gameboy Color game like Link's Awakening looks better than any native Wii title. :p
     

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