I prefer going straight to the airplay capable receiver and I also have both. The main reason is that choosing the receiver from the Airplay choices will turn on the receiver and control the receiver's volume with the app. With the AppleTV, I have to turn on the receiver manually.Agreed. I have an Airplay receiver and an Apple TV. The Apple TV is a much better experience for streaming music.
Why do you want an AirPlay compatible device if you already have the ATV?
A couple of reasons:
My wife wants to be able to stream Spotify from our iPad.
We want to be able to play/browse through music without the TV on.
If there's a way to accomplish both of the above without buying something new, I'm all for it.
I have my AppleTV hooked up to the Surround Sound receiver HDMI in and just turn the surround sound receiver on and stream from our iPhones/iPad with the TV off. Works wonderfully. I even have a macro programmed to a button on our Harmony remote for "Stream Music" and it turns the receiver on to the correct input and wakes the AppleTV up.
How do you stream audio from the ATV from an iPhone or iPad with the TV off? I'm pretty new to this stuff; do you turn on Airplay on the iPhone/iPad and select the ATV?
My receiver is pretty low end. I'm not sure it has the bells and whistles yours does for programming a button like you mention.
Plug the ATV directly into your receiver (hdmi). While the TV is off, turn the receiver on and change it to the input your ATV is setup to (ie HDMI 1). Now with your iPhone or iPad stream the music via AirPlay.
I should have mentioned that the AppeTV will work with Airplay audio, I just prefer the way it is handled with the receiver. However, I would not upgrade my receiver for this one feature. Actually, when I bought my receiver, Airplay was not even available for it. It was added via an internet firmware update (for a fee) later on.Thank you! I just turned on AirPlay on my ATV and iPad, and it works like a charm.