Can I pair multiple headphones to ATV4?

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  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    Finally got the Apple TV 4 32GB! Love it so far! But, say my wife and I put the kids to bed, then we want to watch something without waking the kids up, surely it must be possible to pair at least 2 sets of bluetooth earbuds/headphones via bluetooth, right? If not possible, why on earth would Apple limit this to 1 set of earbuds/headphones? If Apple has chosen to be so restrictive, can anyone recommend a device that would plug into the ATVs audio output and pair with multiple earbuds/headphones/audio devices?
     
  2. normanfox macrumors 6502a

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    you can pair multiple Bluetooth headphones but Apple TV only outputs to one at a time. I already tested it. once I turn on the second headphone, the first one automatically got disconnected.

    This is more of how sound output works, not ATV specific limit. this same limit is the same on PC. you can't output to more than one set of speakers or headphones at once.

    you can use Sennheiser RS Wireless Headphones if you want multiple headphones.
     
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  4. benjitek macrumors 6502a

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    Might as well spend $8 more and get a combo transmitter/receiver. I've been using the MPOW StreamBot for about 6 months, and it works quite well, long battery life. Has a switch to toggle it between transmit or receive. I use with my ATV4 as a backup if the battery in my Jaybird X2's runs out.
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  5. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    benjitek, why ever would I need to transmit audio to my Apple TV?
     
  6. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    This doesn't make sense. Audio ouput to multiple receivers seems like the easiest hurdle in this high tech world. I don't understand the technical limitation you're referring to. It doesn't make sense. :confused:
     
  7. LOLobo macrumors member

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    Many years ago decided my son needed to be able to sleep, even if there is background noise. Hasn't failed yet.
     
  8. normanfox macrumors 6502a

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    can you connect two bluetooth headphones to an iphone and listen to both of them? of course not, even though iphone is much more advanced. The same to MOST home theater receivers, which output to one set of speakers.
     
  9. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh, ok.. as technologically advanced as this world is and they cannot figure out how to stream mere audio to more than 1 bluetooth receiver? what?! o_O
     
  10. normanfox macrumors 6502a

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    bluetooth version 10 can. but I am sure that you will be back here and complain why it costs so much.
     
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    normanfox, I'm being sarcastic but also I'm dead serious... XM satellite radio is digital, right? and it can broadcast to an infinite number of receivers. So why is everyone here painting Bluetooth as technically unable to broadcast to more than 1 receiver? This just makes no sense!
     
  12. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

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    Because it isn't just broadcasting, it is communicating back and forth. Think of it like a telephone. We had to deal with communication between 2 locations only for a very long time before 3rd party or conference call technology came along.
     
  13. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well since Bluetooth supports only 1 audio device at a time, does anyone know of an elegant way multiple people (at least 2, ie. me and my wife) can listen to the audio from the new Apple TV privately (headphones) and wirelessly?
     
  14. APlotdevice macrumors 68040

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    Yes, RF-based wireless headphones usually have no problem transmitting to multiple sets. The only thing is you'll need to split the audio out... Your TV may or may not have audio outputs for this.
     
  15. sbishop macrumors newbie

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    What if one were to get an old school analog splitter, hook it up to the headphone jack of your AppleTV4 / iPhone and then buy two Bluetooth transmitters. Then one could hook up both transmitters to each end of the splitter and pair each to the desired bluetooth headphones. Maybe not elegant but it keeps the wires of a straight up analog system (like the one my wife and I are currently using) out of your lap! I might try this out. This thread got me thinking along those lines. Thanks for those who volunteered constructive info to help resolve the question. :)
     
  16. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    This seems like something Apple could add with software. Even iTunes allows output to be set to multiple speakers.
     
  17. jezzastern, Feb 19, 2017
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    There is no headphone jack on the ATV4. The only output on the ATV4 itself is HDMI, which carries both the digital audio and video signals.
     
  18. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    I own both the JBL E40BT and E50BT. You can pair two of those.
     
  19. jezzastern macrumors newbie

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    There is no headphone jack on the ATV4. The only output on the ATV4 itself is HDMI, which carries both the digital audio and video signals.
     
  20. sbishop macrumors newbie

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    True! Fortunately the projector we have our new ATV4 hooked up to does have a headphone out jack. So I purchased an analog splitter along with two $25 bluetooth transmitters from Amazon and voila - worked like a dream! If the device you hook the ATV up to has an analog out then you're set. Agreed - it would be nice to have multiple outs to avoid this, but for now it's great not having the wires around. We enjoyed our first movie with this configuration tonight. Ahhhhh. :)
     
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