ATV2: optical and HDMI audio output both work...

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Derek87, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Derek87 macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2009

    it was hard to describe my question in the subject line, but hopefully some of you can help me out.

    i'm contemplating an ATV, but envision wanting to use it for two things that might (i hope not) be a conflict:

    - when playing movies or streaming TV shows, i want to be able to output audio via the HDMI cable to my home theater system, but when using itunes, i want to feed the optical out to an external A/D converter to send the audio to my high end 2 channel audio system.

    is this possible or do i have to play with the setting each time i switch between these two "tasks"?

    thanks for any thoughts and experiences.

  2. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Both the HDMI and the optical port output audio simultaneously. So yes you would be able to do what you want to do.
  3. Derek87 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2009
  4. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    This was the main reason I got an ATV2. I have a mini in the same system, but you have to pull it up on the screen to change audio outputs. With the ATV2, I have it feeding a DAC (optical) and my receiver (HDMI) and it works exactly the way I wanted.

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