Wireless speakers and apple tv

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Larpy, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. Larpy macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2010
    I use an apple tv for music in my TV room and dining room (wired) and would like a pair of speakers in different rooms (wireless). Ideally two different sets of speakers one in the kitchen and one set outside in the garden. The wifi works in all these spaces.

    Should I be looking at airplay or bluetooth speakers? And which ones? B&W zeplins seem to have issues with the airplay others say it works great.

    Suggestions for my set up would be appreciated.
  2. 911scanner macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2011
    I purchased audiopro (Sweden) LV2 bookshelfs. They have a usb dongle that plugs into a computer for sound transport, or else you can use a Stereo RCA to headphone jack adaptor into the dongle.

    Not a budget speaker by any means, but you get what you pay for. I did "try" the B&W's sold through the Apple store. They did have good sound quality but didn't achieve the volume levels I was searching for.

    I enjoy these so much that I purchased the LV3's for my home theater and I'm planning on getting at least 3 more pair of bookshelfs when the funds are available.

    Good luck!
  3. Bymatt macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2011
    I have used the Rocket Fish Sender..Receiver

    to wirelessly get the rear surround signal to my Home Theater for over 7 months now. Works extremely well. The get going price for one pair of any quality speakers you want to use is up to the speakers. Rocket Fish simple setup starts at 99.00 GREAT quality.
    Not sure how you would do 2 pair though. Check em out!
  4. Larpy thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2010
    audiopro looks interesting but I don't see how it connects to the amp? It looks like you have to connect it to a usb. Speakers and reviews look nice. I don't mind spending a bit on speakers.

    I also don't see how the rocket fish works. Do I need to get two receivers/senders?

    But both of these are the sort of thing I want. It would be cool if I could also have a dock for a ipod/iphone so that I have the option of playing that in the kitchen.

    Thanks for the help
  5. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    In my mind, the selection of AirPlay speakers is way too limited (and mostly way too expensive). You can get a refurbished AirPort Express for under $70 and plug it into any audio system with line inputs.

    In my case, I had an old AirPort express lying around unused. I also had some fairly decent speakers I wasn't using. I bought a 25 W stereo amp from Amazon for under $25 and turned it into a nice AirPlay system.

    This worked so well, I bought a refurb AirPort Express and another $25 amp and installed then in my garage with another set of unused speakers.

    I also think it’s worth mentioning that AirFoil is great once you start using AirPlay regularly. It let’s me AirPlay any audio from my computer all over the house.
  6. Larpy thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2010
    The question is can I airplay from my apple TV? Same gors for some of the other suggestions.
  7. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    I believe the first gen ATV could Airplay to other devices. The ATV2 or 3 cannot.

    However, there's no reason you can't Airplay from your computer to the ATV and other sets of speakers.
  8. Citylounger macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2012
    Larpy, I have the same question. Did you figure out a solution?
  9. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    you can airplay from the aTV as of the software update from a few months ago.

    you can only airplay to one location though. (not the TV and the remote speakers at the same time either)

    if you want to go to multiple locations at the same time you must airplay from your computer.

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