onkyousa wrote:Does you Apple TV only have a HDMI and digital optical output and no accompanying COMPOSITE ANALOG output as well?
I have Gen 3 Apple TV (HDMI and Optical out). I only want to deal with one cable going from apple tv to receiver as my experience is having multiple cables coming from Apple TV causes issues with piping out sound/video properly.
onkyousa wrote: I ask because they are Digital to analog converters on the market that can be used for Apple TV customers to play their device thru ZONE 2: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_31?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=optical+to+analog+rca+converter&sprefix=optical+to+analog+rca+converter.
That's great, but it would be less work for me to buy a second Apple TV. If I am going to do that, I could get a cheaper receiver running solo and save myself $50.
This would also benefit in providing an analog audio signal and greatly reduce the lag time when broadcasting thru the MAIN zone and ZONE 2.
Lag time isn't a concern for audio. It doesn't matter if the music starts 3 seconds after I press play [EDIT:] for music piping out to zone 2 [/EDIT]. I would be more concerned about Lip Sync distortion when watching a video; however, if i am using 1 hdmi cable from the Apple TV to the receiver, and the receiver is handling Video and Audio to the tv & speakers then that shouldn't be a problem right?
All I want to do is be able to press a button and have sound going from my Apple TV to my patio (zone 2) without having to jerry-rig it. I could use my iphone or ipad (this really makes it sound like I am apple-ized doesn't it...well, I'm NOT) as a remote control over wifi for the Apple TV. If the Onkyo has that capabilities, I am sold. If not, I can get a different model.
(P.S. I would like to say Thank You for the feedback and helpful input. It's nice to have a rep answering the hard questions)