Audio: Does iTV work like an Airport Express?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rwobrien, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. rwobrien macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2011
    My Airport Express bit the dust and I miss it dearly. I loved being able to send my iPhone audio to my stereo without any effort.

    I really don't need the Airport Express access point functionality (got that covered), but I do want to EASILY send my audio to my stereo without having to pull up an application on the TV screen. Will iTV do this? can I just set it on audio toss my music to it without having to access it each time?

  2. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Belfast, UK
    iTV? Whats that then?

    If you mean AppleTV, then it'll work the same way. ATV1 has analogue or optical outputs for your stereo, or HDMI, ATV2 uses either optical digital or HDMI only, so you'd either need a receiver or your TV on, or a DAC.
  3. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Yup, the Apple TV is a great system to do this. I use it all the time for Airplay from my Macs and iPhones. Since it is a digital connection the audio quality is terrific. I doubt it could be beat for $99.
  4. rwobrien thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2011
    Good to know

    Thanks, guys..

    Just to clarify...I can set up the Apple TV device and I will not have to launch it each time I simply want to play some music? I don't wish to have to turn on the TV and set anything each time I have a hankerin' to listen to Kelly Clarkson (not). I just want it always ready to use airplay to send the audio to my stereo.

  5. machpost macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2010
    Washington, DC
    Correct. The Apple TV 2 will wake up when you turn on airplay in iTunes or on an iOS device, and I'm pretty sure it will go into standby automatically after a period of inactivity. This is not the case with the original Apple TV, though.
  6. alexandero macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    As my Airport Express died two days ago and I'm also looking for a replacement to stream music to my stereo (too bad my Time Capsule has no audio port), I'd like to chime in with a question: does the current AppleTV require a TV for setup or regular (audio only) usage? I don't have a TV... does not mention a TV in the system requirements, but does say "High-definition TV with HDMI and capable of 720p" in the "What you need" section.

    PS: of course I could also buy an Airport Express for streaming audio. But it's out of stock in many places and about to be replaced by a new revision soon as it seems. Also, maybe I'll buy a cheap TV if I can find an easy way to stream (non iTunes) videos to it, and/or if AppleTV is Siri-capable or able to run apps on the screen once it's updated with a not yet released iOS version.
  7. Tinmania macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2011
    Standby time is a configurable option from 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 5 hours, 10 hours, and never.

    But it will wake on Airplay.

  8. vader_slri macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2009
    You need a TV to complete the setup process (set up Wifi and Homesharing). Once that stuff is inputted, you don't need a TV for audio-only usage.
  9. alexandero macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    Oh that would be bad news. I certainly won't buy a TV just for the 5 minutes of the wifi setup. Are you sure there's no way around it, can't I plug it into my Mac and run the setup from the Mac?
  10. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    If you have a hdmi monitor that will work. but you do need a display of some kind to get it working.

    Also, the appletv has no analog audio out, so you must have an optical input on your stereo, or buy an optical to analog adaptor.
  11. alexandero macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    I do have an optical input on my stereo (but thanks for that note!).

    But besides my MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, a Time Capsule, an iPhone, a stereo, a printer and a now defunct Airport Express, I don't own any other electronics (well, I do have a fridge if that counts...).

    If I can setup iPhones and Airport Express/Time Capsule hardware from my Mac, why can't I do so for another iOS running gadget that has a USB and an Ethernet port? That's really frustrating and un-apple-esque.
  12. Dan-- macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2008
    I hear your pain, and it seems like it could be useful. However, it is designed primarily to be an interface to a TV.

    I myself would like to have local storage available to help with listening to music. I don't want to have to have a computer on and hogging iTunes to access my lossless library. But that's the way it is right now.
  13. gtmac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    Get a used AE on eBay for dirt cheap! I have two and an ATV2 and it's perfect for whole house music.
  14. alexandero macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    I wouldn't have looked into Apple TV if I hadn't noticed that Airport Express hardware is not in stock at many places. Amazon does not sell them any more, neither do a couple of local resellers.

    For some reason I'm finding it hard to convince myself that paying 99,- for a two year old AirPlay receiver with a comparable feature set to the 2004 revision is a good deal.

    After all, I basically just need hardware that will convert an audio stream delivered via ethernet to an (optical) audio out, using the AirPlay logic so it shows up on iTunes and my iPhone. I don't need a router, wlan, usb or anything else. Just ethernet in, digital audio out. :)
  15. alexandero macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2004
    Dirt cheap? eBay currently suggests a price of $55-65. Obviously that's cheaper than a new one, but it's without any guarantee, and not really cheap either. Maybe I should start trusting sellers instead of thinking about the statistical chance of being ripped off when buying electronics via eBay...
  16. gtmac macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    Get an older g series instead of the n perfect for audio. Try less than $40 and there isn't much that can go wrong. Buy from someone with good feedback. Live a little. I bought two of the older generations for $50 each a year ago. To me that is cheap and PayPal protection in the event of a DOA.
  17. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Or buy one refurbished from for 69.99 with full warranty. That's what I've been doing. I've purchased 2 (1 is used daily for streaming music).

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