To Those that Use the ATV for Streaming Music

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Scarpad, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Scarpad macrumors 68000

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    Are you connecting via HDMI to the receiver, Toslink, or are you using a Dac ?

    I love the Airplay ability to use the device Headless and Control it with the Ipad, what are you finding is the best way to go for connection ?
     
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    Mine are both connected via HDMI and it works just great.
     
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Optical but that's because that's all my receiver has.
     
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  5. D.T. macrumors 603

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    AppleTV to a Pioneer VSX-1021 via HDMI - works perfect, sound fantastic.

    I haven’t done any serious critical listening, but it sounds like streaming from an iOS device vs. playing directly sounds the same (some folks have suggested there’s some additional compression across AirPlay).

    We stream quite a bit of video too, same thing, sounds and looks outstanding.

    I’ll occasionally go direct to the receiver just because it automatically turns on (from standby) and switches to the AirPlay input :D
     
  6. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

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    I use HDMI to my AVR. I also use optical into a Toslink-to-RCA converter to also connect to the AVR for Zone 2 (outside by the pool). Works great, but sure wish that AVRs could convert a digital input to stereo for multi-zone applications.
     
  7. Gozar macrumors regular

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    ATV2 HDMI > Onkyo PR-SC5507 > Emotiva UPA-7 > PSB T-65's > blissfully happy ears

    iPad Air w/oRemote for Onkyo & Remote for ATV2

    :)
     
  8. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    HDMI to my AV reciever. I just turn the TV off and im good to go.
     
  9. somemacuser macrumors newbie

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    Same... bought some kind of $25 amazon optical to RCA thingy for zone 2. Has worked without issue. Using Homesharing with ALL my music + the iPad remote app for the AppleTV is really one of the greatest toys ever for me.. instant jukebox. I've been loving it for years.

    If apple ever "upgrades" their stuff so a setup like this no longer is in the cards, I'll be furious.
     
  10. MickeyVee macrumors member

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    Here's how I'm setup..
    - HDMI > Rotel AVR for Video for causal/background audio
    - Optical > Rega DAC > Rotel AVR for a serious sitback and listen
    All controlled via iPad rMini

    Hoping Apple will do HiRez streaming on the new ATV and I will be in heaven.
     
  11. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    I know you asked about ATV, but thought I'd pop in here. For pure music streaming, I use my Airport Express that's directly connected to my receiver via L/R RCA 3.5mm cable. Sometimes, I also use my ATV to stream if I want to see album info, etc and with that, I connect via HDMI to my ATV to the receiver.
     
  12. vega07 macrumors 65816

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    Even with optical, I have to turn on the TV before the music starts playing on my speakers. Is there a way to avoid this hassle?
     

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