Help! Airport Express compatibility question.

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  1. MacPossum macrumors 6502

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    I'm going to be moving into a new apartment in the fall for school and I'm trying to get my place set up with an Airport Express. I was wondering if this home theater system would be compatible for a wireless airtunes.

    Here's the home theater system...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882641012

    Any insight is appreciated!
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    From the looks of it, the home theater doesn't have a optical digital audio input, so you would have to connect it using analogue cables.

    So, yes, it is compatible, but you wouldn't be getting the highest quality audio connection.
     
  3. MacPossum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Would I really be able to notice a difference between the optical digital input verses the analogue input? One more thing, would it be better just to buy a single analogue cable or to go ahead and purchase the home-stereo kit from Apple?
     
  4. Peace macrumors P6

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    I wasn't aware the Airport Express even had an optical digital output.:confused:
     
  5. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    The analogue cable means you will only get stereo sound, with the digital optical I believe you can get 5.1 surround sound.

    You can use any audio cables, don't have to use apples.

    Looking at newegg there were home theatre systems at the same price as that one that had optical audio inputs

    It's a dual minijack (like the ones on the MBP) does analogue and optical digital outputs from the same connector.
     
  6. MacPossum thread starter macrumors 6502

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  8. MacPossum thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm guessing that a coax digital input won't give you the 5.1 surround either through airport. So is an optical digital input the only thing that's going to let me take advantage of the 5.1 surround? Would a coax digital input work with the airport express like the analogue would though?
     
  9. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Coax digital does give 5.1 audio, the problem is, the airport express does not have a connector for coax digital, only for optical digital and analogue.
     
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