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Old 27-11-2015, 18:32   #1
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Integrating 2015 Apple TV with existing home theatre

I have an old Apple TV that has HDMI out and optical out (TOSlink). I route the HDMI directly to the TV and the optical out into the home theatre for audio.

The 2015 Apple TV has lost the optical out and has a single HDMI out. My home theatre/blu-ray (Sony HBD-F500) doesn't have HDMI out so I can't send both picture and sound through that, passing the picture onto the TV.

I'm left with the option of sending the Apple TV signal directly to the TV and using the TV's inferior speakers or having to find a solution to getting the audio to the home theatre. Any ideas on a good solution?

I could upgrade the home theatre as my current one doesn't allow me to watch multi-region DVDs (thanks, Sony) so I've had to keep an old DVD player around and this would allow me to have one box for everything. I would want a two-speaker system as I can't route cables around the living room easily if I had a five-speaker system. One of the speakers would have a cable loose on the floor in an area of the room that has to be walked through to the dining area.
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Old 27-11-2015, 18:53   #2
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Might be worth sticking with your old ATV until you upgrade. I love the new model, but it's no way worth upgrading all your kit to accommodate...at least yet.

Does your TV have optical out? Could plug that into the home cinema if so.
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Old 27-11-2015, 19:28   #3
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Thanks LouBarlow, I've been reviewing the ports on the TV and it has optical out. I bought the TV and home theatre together which are part of Sony's BRAVIA system so they are meant to work well as a unit. The TV may even pass audio to the home theatre over HDMI too, which I've only now found out.

What are you enjoying the new ATV for?
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Old 27-11-2015, 20:02   #4
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Plex and Netflix primarily. Just love how snappy it is, how quick to wake and the Siri stuff works well, and I say that as a cynic of voice control in general. The software is still a little buggy, but it will improve.
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Old 29-11-2015, 19:59   #5
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I haven't used Plex before, do you hook this up to iTunes with a Mac and large hard disk or is it all cloud based?

I want it for Netflix but also for iTunes Match/Apple Music and apps.
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You just need a PC/Mac on the same network running the server and basically it organises all your videos stored on said PC/Mac into a Netflix-esque front-end and lets you play files not natively supported by the device.

Even better, Infuse is incoming, which simplifies things even further, if you have networked drives.
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Old 29-11-2015, 20:36   #7
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I've not heard of that. Any good?

I'm the same as you. Plex and Netflix via a Smart TV with a PC hooked up to that for gaming.
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Yes fantastic.

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Looks nice with a slightly slicker system than Plex, but doesn't really do anything Plex doesn't (that I want in any case) for my use.
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Looks nice with a slightly slicker system than Plex, but doesn't really do anything Plex doesn't (that I want in any case) for my use.
It does a lot more than Plex as it is decoding all video in software alone. It means you don't have to be running an external server.
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Ok I get you. So you just point it to your drives and it does the rest.
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Picked up the Apple TV today and replaced my previous one and it fits right in with the other equipment.

Thanks LouBarlow, hooking the optical cable up between the TV and my home theatre system works a treat.
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Glad you sorted it. Exciting times at the moment with some decent software coming out - check the Apple TV thread and join in as I'm pretty much the sole contributor
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Do you also not have the new XBMC/Kodi fork MrMC (or something like that).

Never been interested in ATV before, always been too limited before. If this had HD audio I'd be completely sold.
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Yes I do. Works well, although doesn't do HD audio yet. Eventually they say they will implement HD passthrough, but at the moment it defaults to core audio.
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Picked up the Apple TV today and replaced my previous one and it fits right in with the other equipment.

Thanks LouBarlow, hooking the optical cable up between the TV and my home theatre system works a treat.
If I do that with my Panasonic TV it passes 5.1 content through to amp as 2.0 content. Does your TV pass through 5.1?
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If I do that with my Panasonic TV it passes 5.1 content through to amp as 2.0 content. Does your TV pass through 5.1?
VERY few Panasonic TV's pass 5.1 from optical, Sony seem better for this.
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