The "Take 2" menu is elegant? Everything is crammed into a small, bland menu box with no differentiation of features other than white text. Now, once you get past the home menu it's nice.Menu customization would be nice. The current look of the interface works, I think. It's simple and elegant enough, but if we could only move all the iTunes Store stuff, and focus on the media we already have, it would make it worthwhile in my opinion.
Its maximum wattage is 48 watts, normal usage is around 19 watts and it idles around 14 watts, so no it's not using a "ton of juice." The reason it's warm to the touch is because it only has a small fan and uses the top aluminum shell as a heat sink.One thing that I haven't heard mentioned is just how unbearably hot the device runs. Something that hot must be using a ton of juice and if you're not using it all the time, you'll want it off. There no on/off switch. So I've had to put mine on a power strip by itself that has a switch. Now I've lost the convenience of having it on and ready when I have the normal TV configuration on. I go through the bother of turning it on perhaps monthly now. It has substantially less value in my living room than I thought it would have.
Doesn't Apple TV output Apple Lossless audio as PCM via HDMI and Toslink?I would also love for Apple to make an "audiophile grade" AppleTV with a very high quality DAC (since I'm assuming the onboard DAC has to be used for Apple Lossless, because pre-pros don't have the ability to decode Apple Lossless... kind of undermines the whole point), but I recognize there is no chance of that.
On a friend's Apple TV, Apple Lossless audio stream (HDMI) was identified as 16-bit 44.1 kHz LPCM. Since CD audio is also 16-bit 44.1 kHz LPCM, I wouldn't think any downconversion is happening. If your source is something better than CD, perhaps Apple TV would downconvert.I could be completely wrong, but it was my understanding that Apple Lossless is downconverted before being output.
I don't think that means anything. I have a lot of music, some Apple Lossless, some ripped to MP3, some ripped to AAC, and some downloaded from iTunes. It's all 44.1 khz, and I think it's probably all 16-bit as well.On a friend's Apple TV, Apple Lossless audio stream (HDMI) was identified as 16-bit 44.1 kHz LPCM. Since CD audio is also 16-bit 44.1 kHz LPCM, I wouldn't think any downconversion is happening. If your source is something better than CD, perhaps Apple TV would downconvert.