Apple TV music with TV off

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mankar4, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. mankar4 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    I'm thinking about picking up an apple tv. I'll connect it directly to my TV with hdmi and connect it directly to my audio receiver using the optical out. Will I be able to stream music from my mac/iphone/ipad to the apple tv and hear it on my stereo without having the TV on?
  2. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
  3. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    Yes, you can. The Apple TV outputs audio to both the HDMI port and the optical port simultaneously, so you don't have to chose one or the other. You can send the HDMI to the TV and the optical to your stereo and still use the stereo even when the TV is off.
  4. JoeBlow74 macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012

    Apple has an app on the app store called Apple remote just for this purpose. It works better on the Ipad, since you are able to see album art and have better search options.
  5. msans macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2012
    The only minor drawback is when the Apple TV has a dialogue box pop up, the remote becomes unresponsive. When this happens you have to turn on the tv to figure out what it wants - usually asking about an update.

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