New Remote App and Whole House Music

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by uva25, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. uva25 macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    I am curious if anyone thinks this new remote app will move the ATV closer to being a whole house music solution. I currently have the ATV but use Sonos as my whole house music solution as I don't want to be tied to turning the tv on to listen to music and I don't want a receiver in each room. While I still don't think the ATV is stable enough in general, the new remote app at least seems to eliminate the need to have the TV on to listen to music. Any other thoughts?
  2. ayale99 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    I don't know what kind of setup you have but it sounds like you could pick up a couple Airport Express's to put around your house. The you can use the iphone remote & itunes to push music to all locations. Very cool indeed.
  3. uva25 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    Wouldnt' that require a stereo/receiver in each room as opposed to just speakers?
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I have an Airport Express hooked up to a pair of speakers out on my balcony and it works great. No receiver required.
  5. jwalker99 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2006
    it just requires amplified (powered) speakers - just like sonos...
  6. uva25 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2008
    Aha, that's the catch. Sonos has two units, one just connect to a receiver, one is a receiver and doesn't require powered speakers. If you are willing to use powered speakers, though, the remote App would appear to be a home run?
  7. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    I have the older version of the Airport Express. It never really worked all that well with the older Itunes, but I'm willing to try it again with the latest do you think it should work? All I have to do is plug it into an electric outlet and run a mini out to powered speakers correct?
  8. Billy Boo Bob macrumors 6502

    Billy Boo Bob

    Jun 6, 2005
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    That should do it. Then, in iTunes you have the popup in the bottom right of the window to select which units get the audio... In the you can toggle on/off switches for each AirTunes unit (Airport Express / :apple:TV / etc...) that you want to use.

    I haven't used an Airport Express, but using my :apple:TV works just fine that way.

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