Hello - I am moving to a new place and will need to setup my system differently there. I'm looking at how to get my itunes libary playing through my receiver.
Right now, I have a my desktop computer with my itunes library on it. It is a pretty slow desktop and only used for playing music b/c I also have a laptop which is faster. The desktop is attached with a coaxial cable from my soundlbaster card to the coax digital input of my yamaha receiver. This receiver (HTR-6063 same as rx-V667) is not network compatible. This works perfectly as far as sound quality. However, as mentioned, I also have a laptop (Gateway windows 7) and this has the same Itunes library. Try as I might (explained in the next paragraph), I can't get the laptop to play music through the receiver without making it difficult in other ways. So, what I've had to do, to listen to my Itunes library, is have my desktop on, which is a bit of a waste of electricity. In my new place, this will most likely not be as likely a scenario.
What I've tried to do in the past is to connect my laptop, wirelessly, to my yamaha receiver and have not had success. I've done this by trying to stream it to attached devices to the receiver. It's important to note that I'm trying to control the music from my computer, not simply have it controlled with the device attached to the receiver. The reason being is that the receiver is connected to a projector as the TV source, and I don't want to have to simply turn on my projector in order to control what I'm listening to. Again, this would be a waste of electricity (and bulb life). As an example, I do have a PS3 connected to this receiver which will pick up most of my itunes library, but I would have to have the projector on so I can see what is playing and to be able to change the song. Also, i've tried connecting the laptop directly to the receiver but I don't use my laptop in the same area as the receiver (and won't in the new place) and the only connection available is a toslink cable and those are limited in length.
So, what i'm trying to figure out is the best way to do this (stream music from my laptop to my receiver with control from the computer). I'm wondering if the airport express of apple tv would help here. I'm thinking I could connect the apple tv, for example, through HDMI to my yamaha receiver. I would stream the music from my laptop to the apple tv and that would then play through the receiver. I would be able to control it through my laptop.
Would this work?
Would this work with HDMI or would I need to use some other connection from the Apple TV to my receiver?
If this does work, would I also be able to control/stream it with other devices? I have an older IPOD touch (8GB) Version 4.2.1
Also, and this isn't as important right now, but I'll ask anyway: My receiver (HTR-6063 same as rx-v667) has multi-room capabilities. It I don't attach another amplifier to it (wouldn't in this case), I can attach two extra speakers for another room. But this only supports analog connections to the Yamaha. Would any of the apple (or other products) work in this case?