Will Airplay 2 allow me to watch a movie and hear the audio from multiple network connected sources

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Anto38x, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. Anto38x macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2006
    Cork, Ireland
    Will Airplay 2 allow me to watch a movie and hear the audio from multiple network connected sources.... ?

    I have a Samsung 4K TV using a high-end Samsung Soundbar using my Apple TV Gen 4. I also have an Airport Express connected to an ARCAM irDAC connected to my Rotel Hi-Fi System with B&W Floor Speakers.

    Will I now be able to play a movie on my TV through my Apple TV and Samsung Soundbar and listen to the audio of that movie coming through my Airport Express connected hi-fi system...?

    Please advise and revert...?

  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Well airplay1 to me was a simple wireless connection a-la Bluetooth, and airplay2 adds multiple-room capability so you can send the signal to equipment in other rooms that are airplay2 compatible.

    Whether you can hear other sources THROUGH AIRPLAY2 automatically suggest those sources are airplay2 compatible. Are they?

    U have a not so simple setup. In any entertainment system, ideally you have many sources all hooked up through ONE central SWITCHER, the "traffic cop" (usually an AV receiver or AV preamp) that takes whichever sources you select, then send it to one or more audio video display and speaker (systems). Of course not every home can do this perfect setup and you may have things that are hooked up not quite the ideal way for whatever reason.

    I generally don't like soundbars because they tend to be ONE-FUNCTION components, most will play along with the TV and nothing else, so your SB may work only with movies but not with audio-only sources.
  3. BlankStar macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2004
    Depends on the old Express to support AirPlay 2.

    All AirPlay 2 devices (HomePods, Sonos, etc) can play moviestuff in perfect harmony and sync.

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