Apple TV2 to Onkyo HT-RC180 ZONE 2?

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  1. dgreichu macrumors newbie

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    Ok here is the problem I am having. The receiver, Onkyo HT RC-180 (network receiver) allows for a zone 2 or zone 3. I currently use ZONE 2 in our screened in porch speakers to listen outdoors by the pool. However, ZONE 2 will only play an ANALOG signal. AppleTV2 is digital, I currently have the APTV2 HDMI'd into the PORT setting of the receiver.

    The way I play outside now is by using Majestic Media Server. I can access my iMac using the receivers NET input source, it recognizes the media server and I am able to play iTunes stuff on ZONE 2 no problem. The issue i need to resolve is I have to go indoors to change music, playlists etc., because the RECEIVER is recognizing the iMac as a media server. I want APPLE TV2 to be able to serve the media and be controlled from outside via iphone or ipad...

    any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. bobajoul macrumors member

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    I use a similar set-up and had a similar issue. Have you considered using an airport express and controlling via your iphone and wifi? Might be a simple fix. Other would be to get an older appleTV, they had analog and used ones are cheap- I have two personally I have on shelf because the newer Apple TV allows much better functionality.
     
  3. bobajoul macrumors member

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    another thought

    The other fix would be integrate the apple tV with the regular inputs and have an infrared splitter to get to the control function to switch zones. I use an integra, which is just a fancy onkyo, I have one distributed audio system set up that way, 2 goes to the ambient music and I control via a pad that allows input changes. Not as smooth as a remote/apple solution, but it works.
     
  4. dgreichu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    was hoping there was a way to assign an analog signal to the receiver someh

    If I purchased an original Apple TV, would I beable to primarily use the ORIGINAL only for an analog signal outside and still have ATV2 for the other features?
     
  5. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. That's what I do. Because of this problem, I use my Apple TV (original) as my audio player and my Apple TV 2 for video. Both devices can connect simultaneously to iTunes running on your computer.
     
  6. dgreichu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great thanks, just picked one up on eBay...
     
  7. dgreichu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My Onkyp receiver only has composite video inputs and the ATV 1 has component... how do you have your two APTV's hooked up?
     
  8. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

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    I have both ATVs connected to my Onkyo TX SR-607 receiver via HDMI. In addition, I have connected the analog audio outputs from my ATV1 to one of the analog audio inputs on the receiver to feed the Zone 2 amp.

    It looks like your Onkyo HT-RC180 has all the inputs of my receiver and then some. You should be able to make the same connections. Your Onkyo does appear to have component video inputs as well, so you could connect your Apple TV that way if you wished. In a way, that would be cleaner, since your ATV1 signals wouldn't need to go to two different "ports" on your receiver.
     

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