AppleTV 1G 130 def F - that's cooking hot! Too hot??

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mtbdudex, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

    mtbdudex

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    I've had my AppleTV 1G for about 1 year now, we use it in the family room HT.
    It is stacked atop my Vizio blu-ray player and Onkyo A/V like this.
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    My issue:
    Went to load a DVD into the blu-ray player (Star Wars VI) and the blu-ray player was acting up. Upon looking into what wrong I was shocked to feel how HOT the AppleTV was.

    I used infrared temp gage and read 130 deg F....to my hand that was so hot.
    Not sure if the Vizio blu-ray player sandwiched between the Apple TV and the Onkyo A/V got damaged or what, just 3 weeks old so I'll return it.

    Is this AppleTV defective unit? 130 deg F seem way too hot IMO.
    Might still be in 1 year warranty, I need to check.

    I use my Harmony 890 RF remote for everything.

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    fwiw, I did use this guide to help program the remote, http://guides.macrumors.com/Pairing_AppleTV_and_Harmony_Remote
     
  2. Ingster macrumors 6502

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    It could be an issue with extracting the heat, your apple tv is on top of all your other HT systems and there isn't a lot of room between the apple tv and the top shelf so there isn't a lot of room for air to circulate around the unit.
    Try put the apple tv on the bottom shelf to the left (as you look at it) and see if this cools the unit down to a more reasonable level - might not work but something to try
     
  3. mtbdudex thread starter macrumors 68000

    mtbdudex

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    Agreed, I am moving the AppleTV to LH side of shelf, after doing more search seems this is design factor, the AppleTV top is a heat sink.
    This thread captures good info:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=563038&highlight=temp

    The Blu-ray player itself does not get hot, but the Onkyo A/V will get mildly warm if played at elevated levels for prolonged time period. Which honestly in family room HT it does not see reference level at all (105db), more like the volume is set -15 max (90db) which is quite loud, and usually at -20 (85db).
    Having all items stacked is asking for that blu-ray player to absorb heat from top and bottom....so this is cheap insurance.
     
  4. roidy macrumors 6502a

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    130°F is well above the ATV 1st gens specs. Apple list the operating range as 32°F to 104°F.

    ATV 1G Tech Specs

    I'm sorry to say this but cramming it into such a small space is an extremely bad idea and I suspect is why yours is getting hotter than normal. I also would not put it in direct contact with any other device because of the sheer amount of heat it does generate.
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    I've found the top of my G1 ATV will get up to 150F when streaming Netflix. Poor box, I swear I could cook using it as a hot plate.
     
  6. roidy macrumors 6502a

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    Since when did the first gen ATV support Netflix:confused:
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    I think Netflix has been running on them since mid 2008. You have to hack it first and then limit the ATV's internet speed so Netflix sends it a lower bit rate stream so it can decode it without stuttering.
     
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  9. jcschlic macrumors regular

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    You should never really stack anything directly on top of a receiver. Receiver + Blu-Ray Player + Apple TV 1 gen + Slight Projection TV = A concentrated amount of heat.

    Spread your components out on your stand.
     

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