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Hi all. I'm brand new to this forum. I hope this is the correct place for this thread. If not, please point me in the right direction.

Here is the goal for my setup:
1. Have an indoor and outdoor television, both receiving separate cable inputs from separate boxes.
2. Have outdoor speakers (wired or wireless...I haven't decided yet, and I don't think it matters for these purposes) that can play music directed from my iPad OR receive input from the outdoor TV. I would like to be able to switch between these inputs as I please.
3. Assuming all of this would be made possible only with Apple TV, I'd like to be able to run Apple TV on both of my TVs. If there is a way to use my iPad to remotely control my outdoor speakers without Apple TV, then I don't necessarily have my heart set on having Apple TV.

I have drawn a crude diagram of how I see it working out. I'm hoping someone can:
1. Provide me a reality check as to if this setup would even work.
2. Tell me if there is a more efficient/cheaper way to do this, or if there is are some subtle changes that might give me a more integrated setup.

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Sorry, also to clarify: When I say I want to be able to control the speakers (ie control what music is being played...in other words, iTunes), I mean I want to do so wirelessly. That's why I ASSUME I need Apple TV, because I don't think there is any better interface that the iPad will control (but I'm open to hearing differently).

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As I'm doing more research, I'm starting to suspect that I might need an amplifier between RCA inputs and the speakers. The input on the speakers is speaker wire (there are +/- leads coming out of the speakers). Is this true that I need an amp? If so, is there a good cheap solution?
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You definitely need an amplifier (sources output at 'line level'). Easiest path is any AV receiver (Onkyo, Denon, etc.) with AirPlay support and an iPad/iPhone control app. Then you hook all of your sources (cable box, AppleTV, etc.) to the receiver which powers the speakers.

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You definitely need an amplifier (sources output at 'line level'). Easiest path is any AV receiver (Onkyo, Denon, etc.) with AirPlay support and an iPad/iPhone control app. Then you hook all of your sources (cable box, AppleTV, etc.) to the receiver which powers the speakers.

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Thank you for your reply. If I got a receiver that supported AirPlay AND I got an AppleTV, wouldn't that be redundant? Wouldn't getting one or the other do the job (ie an AirPlay equipped AV Receiver OR a non-network receiver with AppleTV). The reason I ask is that the price difference between AirPlay equipped receivers and non-network receivers appears to be ~$200. Given that AppleTV is only $100, it seems like it might make sense to buy a cheaper AV receiver and AppleTV, thus saving myself $100 and having the ability to mirror my iPad screen if desired.

If I am way off, please let me know. I am such an amateur on this stuff and I may be getting bad info via google! Thanks!!!

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Thank you for your reply. If I got a receiver that supported AirPlay AND I got an AppleTV, wouldn't that be redundant?

Sorta, yeah... (should have said either/or)

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he price difference between AirPlay equipped receivers and non-network receivers appears to be ~$200. Given that AppleTV is only $100, it seems like it might make sense to buy a cheaper AV receiver and AppleTV, thus saving myself $100 and having the ability to mirror my iPad screen if desired.

If you want to control the AVR with your iPod/iPad, it will need to be a network receiver to have IP control. Otherwise you're looking at IR repeaters or other 3rd party solutions, and won't be able to use the pre-built apps for control. The network receivers also have lots of Internet music services built-in, which will include lots of stuff not in the Apple universe.

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