Status of "Headless" AppleTV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by hualon, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. hualon macrumors 6502

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    Back in the 2nd gen ATV days I ran one of them headless attached to my stereo: audio only, no video.

    At some point Fruit pushed a software update that disabled the optical output unless an HDMI was also connected. I was wondering if anyone knew if it that change was reverted or if otherwise it is possible to run an ATV (3rd gen) without an HDMI connection: optical only.:confused:
     
  2. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    Why not buy an Airport Express instead? It is better for audio anyway.
     
  3. hualon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    A valid point. I already have an AppleTV for this spot but I suppose I could move it elsewhere.

    What makes you say that the APE is better for audio?
     
  4. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000

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    Assuming you are using CD quality files (16/44.1), the APE will send out a bit perfect signal. The Appletv upsamples to 48khz.
     

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