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dba_BAD
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Fri May-11-18 04:23 PM

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"Anyone use Apple TV as an airplay receiver? Help me figure this out"


          

As an Android user, at home I use a Chromecast audio hooked up to my old non-bluetooth speakers to approximate a bluetooth setup, and then control the thing w a Google home mini. Love it, and the whole thing cost me $60 to orchestrate - love that too

I was all excited to similarly hook up my mom, until I realized that as a committed ios and iTunes user, neither the Google home mini nor the Chromecast audio will work for her

So

Like me, she has an old non-bluetooth speaker, and like I did for myself, I want to hook her up on the cheap

One option is to just buy a bluetooth receiver to connect to her speaker and call it a day, but it seems like the good ones aren't as cheap as I had hoped (they certainly are no $30 Chromecast audio)

I also read something about using an Apple TV (which she has) as an airplay receiver, but what I don't understand is is can that be achieved independent of a tv? Can I use her existing Apple TV (2nd gen I think, maybe 1st... How can I tell?) on its own with the speaker to enable it to receive airplay, and leave anything else like a tv out of it? If so, how?

Or, any other suggestions?

I know the easiest idea is to just cop a Bluetooth speaker for her and call it a day, but the game of it for me is to see if I can do it by reusing as much of what she already has as possible (old speaker, old Apple TV)

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...just copped an inexpensive bluetooth receiver to start somewhere
May 11th 2018
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idk if it would work headless.
May 11th 2018
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dba_BAD
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Fri May-11-18 06:42 PM

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1. "...just copped an inexpensive bluetooth receiver to start somewhere"
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i'm still curious abt this whole apple tv as airplay receiver approach if that's a thing (would love to put her neglected apple tv to use, plus wifi streaming > bluetooth streaming)

but otherwise assuming this receiver works well enough it's probably case closed for this project

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Rjcc
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Fri May-11-18 06:55 PM

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2. "idk if it would work headless."
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Fri May-11-18 06:57 PM by Rjcc

          

ah, apple tv 2, but it's intended for use with a TV / in a home theater.

I think there are too many prompts where you need to see the screen to do it any other way


www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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