Apple TV vs Airport Express - Airplay Streaming

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by chuiting, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. chuiting macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2015
    We are looking into purchasing either a ATV or AE to use at a school for streaming of audio during sporting events. I am trying to figure out which one would work better.

    We will be playing audio from an iPad inside the gymnasium. The new device will be located in the corner of the gym in a ticketbooth where the audio rack is.

    The analog on the AX and optical on ATV does not matter. We can use both of those.

    Any insight would be appreciated.
  2. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    AE is perfect for Audio.

    Using the AppleTV will confuse your iPad, and it will want to transfer video and other stuff to it, because it thinks it's a video device. It should work though... especially if it's coming out of iTunes.

    They both have optical. The AE's 3.5mm port doubles as optical.

    Such as this cable (I think, you should double check) 3.5mm mini-TOSLINK to regular TOSLINK.
  3. aicul macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats
    As both are relatively cheap and current why not find someone who owns one/both and test them
  4. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have both

    I use both, my AppleTV is connected to my TV, my Airport Express to my iHome.

    I stream audio to both, depending on what I'm listening to.

    Either will work, though the AE can act as a WiFi repeater and the ATV can stream video, so pick which one is important and run with it.

    They're similar in size and weight.
  5. spatlese44 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2007
    I have both and an Airplay receiver and have used them all. For me, the AppleTV route makes less sense as I sometimes want to watch a video and listen to different audio from what's on the video. (i.e. streaming pool match while listening to unrelated music) Other reasons for not using the AppleTV? It gets a "lot" of updates, while there are less for the Airport Express. I guess you could ignore them.

    You can generally find an Airport Express used for around $40. I think the first generation was prone to failures, so I'd steer clear of that.
  6. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    also, the aTV needs a TV attached to set it up, all menus and setting appear on the screen.

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