AppleTV: can i use Airplay without the TV switched on?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Europe calling, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Europe calling macrumors regular

    Europe calling

    Jun 27, 2007
    The Netherlands

    Can AppleTV be used in a similar way as an AirportExpress? If i were to have it connected to my stereo though its optical audio output. Can i then play my iTunes music without having the TV on?
    I could control it with the Remote app on my iPhone?

    Does anyone have any experience with this?
  2. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    Yes, it will pass through audio without having the TV on.

    I believe the previous update broke this functionality, requiring the TV to be on, but it was a temporary bug and soon patched as it created a lot of upset people.

    Be aware that if this is for high quality audio for hi-end hifi, it resamples to 48Khz from 44.1Khz as it is primarily a Video device.

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