I'm usually pretty good at finding the information I need before purchasing an item, but a few things about Apple TV have me stumped. I would greatly appreciate some input or a point in the right direction.
My wife and I each already have an iPhone and we plan to purchase an iPad next month, so I'm thinking an Apple TV would be perfect to meet the following needs:
1) send music to my home theater via native AirPlay in the Mog app on the iPad
If I understand correctly, no matter what I throw at the Apple TV, it will output 16bit/48Hz, right? I assume pretty much all of the music on Mog is 16bit/44.1Hz, but I'm not too concerned with bit perfect from an online streaming site. Aside from one unnecessary conversion, is there any quality loss with AirPlay?
2) send video to my home theater via native Airplay in the YouTube app on the iPad
First off all, does the Google YouTube app have AirPlay since the native Apply app is gone? And I'm sure bit rate varies wildly, but from what I can tell, YouTube videos are already 16bit/48Hz. Again, is there any quality loss with AirPlay? Can it handle 1080p YouTube videos? I read somewhere (maybe this thread) that it automatically selects the highest resolution -- is that accurate?
It appears that Apple TV can handle SuperHD (although my Internet provider currently does not) and 5.1 DD+, correct? And I think the iPad app has native AirPlay already? Is that wireless? If my Apple TV is wired but the iPad is not, am I streaming Netflix wirelessly if I use AirPlay from the iPad? I don't think my wireless network can handle that. I guess (even after reading quite a bit) I'm still confused as to how AirPlay actually does what it does.
And a few miscellaneous things... Using AirPlay, is the iPad volume used or is it fixed and I can now use my home theater's volume? Can I stream to multiple AirPlay devices at the same time?
Edited by woody777 - 4/24/13 at 10:54pm