I was just checking the specs since a friend asked what was better about the new Apple TV and I noticed that the new model will not have an optical audio out! I've been using this for playing my music. My setup is I play music in my iTunes on my MacBook Pro and connect via AirPlay to my Apple TV. The Apple TV is connected to my Samsung Plasma HDTV via a fiber optic cable and an HDMI cable. The sound from my TV is then connected to my stereo receiver via a fiber optic cable. It's a little annoying to have to turn on my TV to hear music on my stereo, but the sound quality is great. Now my understanding is the HDMI has been updated to HDMI 1.4 on the new Apple TV, which I believe means the sound is now built into the HDMI port. Is that correct? Does this mean I no longer need to have the optical connection from my Apple TV to my TV and since I will still get the same quality audio now from the HDMI cable? Thanks!