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post #1 of 12 Old 01-19-14, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Playing Apple TV thru zone 2 speakers of receiver

Hi, I cannot get my Apple TV to play through the speakers I have hooked up to zone 2 of my receiver. I have an onkyo tx sr608. I tried getting an optical audio cable and ran it from Apple TV to receiver but still could not get it to work. Anyone have any ideas? Is it possible. Thanks

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-19-14, 01:30 PM
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Unfortunately, Zone 2 only plays sources that are analog. Many receivers have this limitation. I have the same situation with Chromecast. Does the Apple TV have RCA outputs? If you can hook it up with those and then it should work.
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Re: Playing Apple TV thru zone 2 speakers of receiver

No just hemisphere and optical. Thanks for posting. Guess I got to live with it.

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post #4 of 12 Old 01-19-14, 03:26 PM
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Are you shopping for a new receiver? I think the new Denon X4000 has the ability to play all sources through Zone 2. Of course that receiver may be out of your price range. It's out of mine, for now anyways. But eventually that feature should make its way to more models.
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Re: Playing Apple TV thru zone 2 speakers of receiver

There is another active thread for the same issue except it is with a Roku.
I could not find an AVR that will allow a digital input to be played in stereo in zone 2.
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Re: Playing Apple TV thru zone 2 speakers of receiver

Here is a quote from the Audioholics review of the X4000:
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It can also take audio from HDMI, and send it out through the zone 2 preouts, eliminating the need to hook up HDMI and analog audio cables from sources. But, poor zone 3 doesn’t have any sort of video output, and only supports HDMI when “All Zone Stereo” is used. Both zones always support digital coax and optical as well.
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Re: Playing Apple TV thru zone 2 speakers of receiver

A digital signal is not permitted to be downconverted to analog any more, on the x 4000 it has digital coax and optical for zone 2 and 3 thats why it will still work.

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Re: Playing Apple TV thru zone 2 speakers of receiver

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Hi, I cannot get my Apple TV to play through the speakers I have hooked up to zone 2 of my receiver. I have an onkyo tx sr608. I tried getting an optical audio cable and ran it from Apple TV to receiver but still could not get it to work. Anyone have any ideas? Is it possible. Thanks

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This is what you need...Convert the OPTICAL OUT of the AppleTV to ANALOG (sound quality will be fine. I use these on all my AppleTV installs) ...Then Use the ANALOG OUTPUT to an AUX ANALOG INPUT on your receiver ....Zone 2 will play that INPUT

http://www.amazon.com/D3-Digital-Con...udio+converter
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Yep that's exactly what you need.
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Re: Playing Apple TV thru zone 2 speakers of receiver

Thanks, this does make sense. Quick question, I don't care about any quality compromise for Zone 2 by switching to analog (as mentioned above) but I do 90% of my listening in my living (zone 1). Does going optical out of my Apple TV into my receiver (SR608) change the quality of sound in my living room? Thanks
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