Use Apple TV without monitor/TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by -BigMac-, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. -BigMac- macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2011
    Hi Guys.

    I want to use my Apple TV simply to stream music to my speakers. Is there a way i can do that, without having a monitor connected to the Apple TV?

    thank you
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Works fine. I have a "Music" setting on the remote that just turns the amp on and sets the input. I usually stream from my Mac so I can use the iTunes equalizer (it's much easier than accessing my amps controls). Of course, you can stream from an iOS device too.

    Using the iOS Remote app, you can stream directly to the Apple TV through iTunes Radio or music shared from a computer of iOS app

    You probably would need to connect it to a display to do he setup, though.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You will need a display to configure the Apple TV. If all you want is AirPlay to non-AirPlay speakers, the AirPort Express is what you need.
  4. Relic390 macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2014
    New Zealand
    read this first

    • if your stereo has an hdmi connection use an hdmi cable
    • if your stereo has RCA connection use a toslink cable from the Apple TV to a cheap DAC (digital to analogue convertor) then RCA to the stereo.
    • if just using wireless e.g. bluetooth speakers and no stereo, pair your bluetooth device with the Apple TV
    • regardless you stream from your IOS device direct to Apple TV or via airplay from a mac computer, if airplay not supported download Air Parrot which does the same thing including screen mirroring for earlier macs
  5. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2011
    i have these speakers

    im confused about this:
    "if your stereo has RCA connection use a toslink cable from the Apple TV to a cheap DAC (digital to analogue convertor) then RCA to the stereo."

    Why not just use an RCA to RCA


  6. salohcin macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2008
    The Apple TV does not have an RCA out, only a digital out. I second GGJstudios's suggestion of an AirPort Express. It would seem to fit what you're looking to acomplish better than the Apple TV. Unless you want to eventually use the Apple TV for video as well.
  7. takeshi74, Apr 30, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2014

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Yup. I do so all the time.

    That's not RCA. It's TOSlink with a mini TOSlink adapter (optical).

    This is RCA:

    See also:

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