Can AppleTV Gen 4 play video audio to multiple speaker sources ?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Anto38x, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. Anto38x macrumors regular

    Anto38x

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    Hi all.....

    I have a Samsung SUHD UE8500 55inch Curved TV with a Samsung HW-J6500R Curved Soundbar.

    Yesterday I received my AppleTV Gen 4 which, by the way, as I have been a PLEX convert now for about 1 year.... but my PLEX TV app is problematic... so the PLEX app on my new Apple TV is a revelation.

    I also have a high end hi-if system with Rotel Amps and B&W floor speakers that sits at the back of my living room. I have a ARCAM IR DAC that plays my Spotify or iTunes music either as a direct connection through USB or AirPlay.

    Can I have my TV playing through the PLEX app with the audio coming from both my Samsung Soundbar and my Rotel Hi-Fi system ? I have contacted and asked Apple support... and they have informed me that AppleTV doesn't allow this feature.... but is there a third party work around... because if I could get my hi-fi in on the act in my living, I truly would have a cinematic viewing and hearing experience.

    Any comments or suggestion most welcome.


    Regards,
    Anthony
     
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, as long as all the sources are AirPlay compatible.
     
  3. Anto38x thread starter macrumors regular

    Anto38x

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    Hi benjitek and thanks for your reply.... but I have tried this and I can only select one source at a time... I can select my HDMI connected TV Soundbar or my airplay enabled Hi-Fi... but not both at the same time.... that is the problem... in my living room my soundbar is in front of the TV and my hi-fi is behind me... so I would like to try and get front and back speakers all playing the movie or TV show audio all at the same time.
     
  4. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Right, the soundbar isn't AirPlay equipped.
     
  5. Anto38x thread starter macrumors regular

    Anto38x

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    No it's not..... but I also have a B&W Zeppelin Air.... and I still cannot select my Hi-Fi and that also both at the same time... it will only allow me connect to once source at a time.
     
  6. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Reset your ATV4 as a new device and try again. If that doesn't work, contact AppleCare tech support.
     
  7. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604

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    Can you do it "the old fashioned" way: output via wire from :apple:TV to the receiver, then out of the receiver (maybe monitor or aux out) to the sound bar and/or TV?

    And if that unit can't do it, add even a modestly-priced receiver that can redirect sound to many such powered devices.

    Either of the above has a higher chance of working than trying to get some kind of Airplay splitter working (if that's what you are trying to do). And for "cinematic viewing and hearing experience," a good receiver as your central hub for audio is THE way to accomplish that goal.
     

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