Can apple tv function as an airport express

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by bp1000, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    I want to stream music from my mac to my hifi amp and speakers.

    Airport express is perfect but I'm also due to buy an apple tv. Will the atv output optical into my amp and stream just like it does on the airport express?

    Only thing is I don't want to have the tv on to control it all. Perhaps just turn on the atv, plug in the optical cable and use the remote app?

    I have and airport express sitting right here so if anyone knows the answer please let me know before I open it and can't return it.

  2. Shawnpk macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have the HDMI cable from my Apple TV to my TV. I also have the optical cable from my Apple TV to my receiver. I can leave the TV off and get sound out of the receiver.

    I'm curious as to why you would need the remote app though. Once you start your music from your idevice, send it via AirPlay to your Apple TV, you can just control the music from the idevice.
  3. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    The Apple TV will function the same as a Express in streaming from your Mac's iTunes.

    The original Apple TV upsampled everything from the digital output, including CD 44.1 khz, to a default 48 khz. I don't think the 2nd Gen changed anything.

    I have a 1st Gen hooked up to my stereo at the moment. It sounds fine, but possibly a fraction brighter than my normal 44.1 source.

    Unless you are fanatical about audio or can afford both, i'd return the express and take advantage of the AppleTv's extra functionality.
  4. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    How about not wanting to drain the battery extra fast? Or having a bigger/better library on the computer?
  5. bp1000 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    The re-sample by Apple TV is what is concerning me the most

    I have a very good amp + dac and all my music is uncompressed.

    I admit i don't know what affect 44.1 kHz to 48 kHz will have on the music but what i have read seems to suggest it isn't ideal.

    Im happy to have both, despite them being less than a few meters away from each other. However if the Apple TV would do music quality just as good as the airport express it would be a waste of money.

    Its the 48 kHz thats bugging me.
  6. Uofmtiger macrumors 68020


    Dec 11, 2010
    If it is already bugging you, I would stick with the Airport Express unless you want the numerous other features on the Apple TV.
  7. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    Also extra range.
    If I use airplay in my backyard and walk out of range ... music sputters to a stop. No surprise.
    But using remote, it keeps playing.

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