Originally Posted by Ikarius
Umm, aside from AppleTV to support Airplay, the Airport Express does Airplay too, and can do optical out. As far as speakers go, most soundbars have optical input and are active (no need for outboard AVR/amplification). The downside is most soundbars aren't very good audio-quality wise.
I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that some of your feature requirements may be based on technology biases of yours (I may have had similar biases at some point). Those biases may be leading you in a direction where the design compromises are worse than other options which could do the job.
Would you be willing to give more detail about what you want the solution to do, such as where you want it to reside, what source you want to use, etc? There may be better options for accomplishing your goals.
Absolutely. Thank you for offering to hear the full scenario. And also -- yes, all the soundbars I experimented with were quite poor quality. I'm hoping for a 2 speaker set at this point.
I'll start by saying I actually do have quality speakers in place right now, but I'm just sniffing about to see if something just a tad better exists out there.
My full scenario is very overly-complex, so I'll just describe the basics: I currently have a room with Bluetooth speakers that also support Optical-in.
Here they are if you care to know which ones: http://www.kantospeakers.com/collections/yumi/products/yumi-matte-black
They do the job quite well, and are great quality speakers. However if I could change the Bluetooth to airplay, it would be even better. The only input is my TV, which only supports optical-out for audio. I mainly listen to music via bluetooth, or my computer(which is hooked up via HDMI to the TV). I also use the internal apps(Pandora, Netflix, etc..) on the TV itself.
The main reason why I am interested in airplay is the synced volume levels. It is very nice to be able to do EVERYTHING from my iPhone. I do have a remote for my speakers, but an "all-in-one" scenario would really be great.
Not expecting that there are many options for me at all, and I am quite satisfied with how I am now, but again, if I could replace the Bluetooth functionality with Airplay, I would be a happy man.